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Setting up a blueprint course

Blueprint Courses allow administrators to update and maintain course templates across any number of courses or instructors. Associating a course with a blueprint course will mirror its contents, including all settings associated with them - this includes Canvas Plagiarism Framework settings.


Blueprint courses give administrators the opportunity to create content whilst being able to lock specific settings or content; they can then push updates to all associated courses through course syncing. Any items that are not locked by an administrator can be managed by an instructor and are not overwritten when blueprint course updates are released by an administrator.


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To set up a blueprint course, you must ensure that the course is not associated with another blueprint course, and that no students are enrolled in the course. If this criteria is not met, the blueprint option will be unavailable under course settings.


Select Courses from the side of any page.


Select the course that you'd like to switch to a blueprint course.

If you need to create a course, visit guidance for creating a course, then move to guidance on creating a Canvas Plagiarism Framework assignment.


Select Settings from the left-hand course menu.

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Select the Enable course as a blueprint course checkbox.

You can find out more about General Locked Objects and Locked Objects by Type here.


Create as many Canvas Plagiarism Framework assignments as you wish. You can find out how to do this here.

Associating courses with a blueprint course


You can associate active courses with a blueprint course, which will receive synced updates from the blueprint course. While any number of courses can be associated with the same blueprint course, a course cannot be associated with multiple blueprint courses.



Create a course in Canvas.

You aren't required to populate this course with assignments; this content will be supplied by the blueprint course when you complete the association.


Return to the blueprint course.


Select the blueprint icon from the top right-hand corner of your course. This now appears on all pages within this course.
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Select Associations from the blueprint side panel.
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Search for the course(s) you'd like to associate with the blueprint course, or choose from the course list. Once you've made your selections, they'll appear under Associated.


Select the Save button to save the associations.


Select Done to return to the blueprint side panel, where your new association should be displayed.


To check that the association has been successful, return to the course you've associated the blueprint course with.


Select the vertical ellipsis Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 14.16.12.png icon alongside your Canvas Plagiarism Framework blueprint assignment.


Select Edit.


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Note that the Turnitin assignment settings have been preserved from the original assignment.
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