Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - How to export a Pressbook as a Thin Common Cartridge for use in Canvas

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This document describes how an instructor can export Pressbooks in a format (Common Cartridge) for import into Canvas.

You can export a non-interactive version of your Pressbook in PDF format. If you're using Pressbook plug-ins like H5P want want to embed it in your Canvas course you'll first export it as a Common Cartridge (CC) file.

Prepare Pressbook chapters for Canvas

Before you export your Pressbook consider how you want the content to appear in Canvas. By default each Pressbooks chapter will import as a Canvas course module. Modules will not connect to the Canvas gradebook. You can create Canvas assignments and discussions by prefacing the name of a chapter with Discussion: or Assignment: .

Export Pressbook as a Common Cartridge file

  1. Click Organize → Organize:
    A screenshot from Pressbooks showing the "Organize" menu with the cursor over "Organize".
    A list of your book's chapters will display.

  2. Check the box under Export for all of the content you wish to bring into your Canvas course:
    A screenshot from Pressbooks "Organize" section showing two Pressbooks chapters and the cursor over the "Export" checkbox for the chapter "Assignment: Impressionist Artists Part 1".
  3. Select Export → Export Common Cartridge:
    A screenshot showing the Pressbooks "Export" menu with the cursor over "Export Common Cartridge."
  4. Click the Download Cartridge button and save the file locally:
    A screenshot from the Pressbooks "Export to Common Cartridge" screen showing the cursor over the "Download Cartridge" button.
    1. By default, the plugin will produce a Thin CC with LTI links, and will include all chapters in the book (including front and back matter) which have been selected for export.
    2. A reminder: The export can also create 'discussion' and 'assignment' activities from chapters in your book. To do this, the title of the chapter should be prefaced with 'Discussion:' or 'Assignment:', respectively.

Once you are done exporting the Thin Common Cartridge file you'll want to import it into your Canvas course by following the directions in Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - Importing a Pressbooks Thin Common Cartridge file into your Canvas course .

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Keywords:content, authoring, pilot, pressbooks, export, common, cartridge   Doc ID:84558
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2018-08-07 13:25 CSTUpdated:2018-11-16 12:55 CST
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