Course Design Support

Add Library Content to Canvas

Did you know you can embed Western Libraries content in your Canvas course?

You can embed the following content in your course:

  • Research & Writing Tutorials and Quizzes (SPOT)
  • Databases: specific databases, or grouped by subject
  • Research Guides: by subject, curated by librarians
  • Live Chat Widgets: for the Tutoring Center and Research & Writing Studio
  • Add Library links to the course navigation

View an example of what this looks like in this open Example Course.

Self-Paced Online Tutorials (SPOT) can be embedded in your course. There are also corresponding quizzes for each tutorial that you can add to assess your students.

Embedding the tutorials places them directly in Canvas and allows the students to complete the tutorial without leaving your course. View an example of embedded content here

Add tutorials and/or quizzes directly from Canvas Commons (Canvas Commons is where educators can freely share content).

How-To Import From Canvas Commons

Before you begin, have a Canvas course ready to import the tutorial or quiz into.

  1. Open and sign into your WWU Canvas
  2. On the left main navigation bar, select the "Commons" icon
  3. In the top search bar, search for “Western Libraries SPOT.”
  4. Click the title of the Tutorial (Page) or Quiz to view details
  5. Click the “Import/Download” button to the right
  6. Select the course(s) to import it into
  7. Select the “Import to Course” button.
  8. The import will begin, and when complete, you will see it in your course in the corresponding part (Quizzes or Pages).
  9. Verify that it is published
  10. Add to your modules if you wish.

Use the "External Tool" function in Canvas to add databases and research guides.

View instructions:

Adding Chat is the same as adding SPOT Tutorials and Quizzes - use Canvas Commons (Canvas Commons is where educators can freely share content).

The Chat is built in a Canvas page and will work directly in Canvas, allowing the students to chat with the library without leaving your course. 

How-To Import From Canvas Commons

Before you begin, have a Canvas course ready to import the chat into.

  1. Open and sign into your WWU Canvas
  2. On the left main navigation bar, select the "Commons" icon
  3. In the top search bar, search for “WWU Chat”
  4. Click the title of the Chat to view details
  5. Click the “Import/Download” button to the right
  6. Select the course(s) to import it into
  7. Select the “Import to Course” button.
  8. The import will begin, and when complete, you will see it in your course in the Pages section.
  9. Verify that it is published
  10. Add to your modules if you wish.

To add an item (a link) to the course navigation, you use an app called Redirect.

  1. Go to your Course settings
  2. Select the Apps tab
  3. Type, "redirect" in the Filter by Name box. The Redirect logo will appear (it does not show its name, see image)
  4.    
    Screenshot showing the search for Redirect and resulting tile.
  5. Click the "+ Add App" button
  6. A window appears to enter info and change settings.
  7.   
    Screenshot showing the Add App Properties, including the URL box and checkboxes to show in course navigation.
  8. In the "Name" filed, enter what you want the link name to be in the course navigation.
  9. In the URL Redirect, enter (paste) the entire URL of the website you want. Any external or Canvas link works.
  10. Check ON the Show in Course Navigation
  11. Check OFF the Force open in new tab, to keep the user in the Canvas environment
  12. Click "Add App" button
  13. Click Home to refresh
  14. Click your Course Settings again and go to the Navigation Tab
  15. You can re-order its position in the course navigation just like any other. 

Library Tutorials are managed by a small group of teaching and learning professionals at Western Libraries.

Contact

Curt Pavia, Western Libraries' Learning Technologist, with questions about the content in these tutorials and assistance importing into Canvas.

Feedback

You may provide feedback on this site and any tutorials with this quick survey form.

SPOT logo of dog and a laptop

 

 

SPOT is a structured series of tutorials that support Research and Writing

Get inspired with our Instructor Toolkit
  1. Consult with a library professional.
     
  2. Or, visit our good friends at Western's Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA) - they are loaded with ideas and resources.
     
  3. Don't forget to check out Western's Teaching Handbook.

The primary sources we collect are valuable teaching and learning tools that can support and enhance instruction in a variety of subjects.

A popular way to add course materials such as books, DVDs, chapter scans, ebooks, journal articles, and more.

Get inspired with designing assignments at our Writing Instruction Support (WIS) page.

Details about the various options for streaming (or non-streaming) media, including a request form.

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio offers workshops in-person and online, in real-time or recorded.

Customization options are available!