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Canvas Best Practices

A guide for U-M librarians

Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables librarians and educators to find, import, and share resources. When you are logged into your Canvas account, you will see the Canvas Commons icon and link at the bottom right of your navigation bar under the block M. 

a screenshot featuring Canvas Commons

The library shares many of its completed modules/courses to Commons for a number of reasons. Other institutions may view and use the courses we’ve created, allowing for better sharing and not reinventing the wheel. In addition, U-M instructors can easily view and download the modules into their own courses without needing to ask a librarian first. 

In order to easily find U-M library modules, we apply tags when uploading to Commons. 

  • U-M tag for all library modules: umichlib
  • DIY Toolkit tag: UMLibDIY 
  • HS Stem Library tag: HSSTEMLibrary

Please review the Integrating Library Services and Resources with Canvas guide for greater detail on using Canvas Commons. 

When previewing Canvas modules inside Canvas Commons, videos might or might not work.
This doesn't mean they're broken, just that they need to be imported into a course to work properly. 
We suggest putting a message on your module if it contains a video:
**Videos may appear broken in Commons but should work once you import the module.**