Moving Catalyst Content to Canvas Just Got Easier
As Canvas adoption continues to increase (by 43% in Winter Quarter 2013), UW-IT continues to make it easier to use. In late January, UW-IT released two new features that make it easier to transition from Catalyst Web Tools to Canvas: importing WebQ quiz content and copying CommonView content.
Importing WebQ quiz content to Canvas
The WebQ quiz import feature makes it easy to re-use WebQ quizzes in your Canvas courses. This feature takes advantage of Respondus quiz authoring software (available only for a Windows operating system). Importing quizzes by using this method is especially useful if your course uses many quizzes or if your quizzes include many (i.e., hundreds of) questions. The automated transfer process uses Respondus as a bridge between Catalyst WebQ and Canvas. You do not have to be familiar with Respondus to use it for exporting a WebQ quiz. Respondus can be downloaded at no charge, and is available for UW instructors and staff for standalone use in creating quizzes in a Windows interface, and provides access to thousands of test banks for leading higher-education textbooks, and exam archiving and retrieval.
Copying CommonView content to Canvas
The CommonView download feature allows you to create an offline copy of your workspace that you can keep as an archive, or use when migrating your course to Canvas. You can copy all the content, including formatted text, links to Catalyst Tools, files, links, Google Calendars, Google Sites Hubs, and RSS feeds. When you are ready to edit the content, you simply open the downloaded .html file in your browser, then copy and paste the content into your preferred editing software. We based the design of the feature on input from UW instructors, several of whom observed that the copying and editing process is an opportunity to revise and refresh course design.