A master course is a Canvas course shell that corresponds to a specific academic course you currently teach or will be teaching in future semesters. It is not connected to the Registrar's system.
It is a dedicated, consistent space for building instructional materials that you can then copy into the academic course each semester.
Why is it called a "master course"?
In the Canvas Community, you will find many references to master courses as a site to build and house course content that will be used elsewhere. When you create a master course in Carmen (Canvas), we will impose the prefix "master course" and placed all these courses into a special term (e.g., Master term) in an effort to make the courses more visible and easier to find.
Who can uses these courses?
The ability to create a master course is available to those with instructor roles. In order to see the Master Course button, you must have a course in the My Courses List in which you are an instructor.
Instructors in a master course can then add other users / other instructors using the landing page functionality.
Why should you use them?
These non-academic course shells allow you to begin building your course at any time, well before the semester begins. This option gives you time to build your course the way you want, when you want and update it as you need. Once you have your master course built, you can copy it each semester into your academic course shell.
Using a master shell means you can make idiosyncratic changes for a specific class or section (e.g., timeline changes, an additional discussion topic, etc.) only in the academic course for which they apply. If you decide any modifications will be useful for subsequent classes or sections, you can add them to your master course. The master course remains the clean, up-to-date version of your course.
Everyone who is involved in developing a course or updating course content from semester to semester can work in the same master course, without having to be added to each academic courses or worrying about whether FERPA data is being protected.
Reminder: Once you have developed your content in the master course, you will need to manually copy your course material into your your academic course. Updates to material in a master course are not dynamically passed to the academic courses.
Creating A Master Course
Create a Master Course from the Carmen Landing page at carmen.osu.edu.
Only individuals assigned the instructor role in any courses loaded within the My Courses list will see the Master Courses widget. If you do not see this widget, use the Carmen Space Request form to request a Master Course.
Login to carmen.osu.edu.
Click Request Master Course. A pop-up displays.
Type the name of your course. The name of your course must be more than 5 characters long.
We recommend titling the Master Course with the same name as the academic course. All Master Courses will be listed in the term "Master" and will be easily identifiable as such.
Please wait as your Master Course processes. Once processed, your Master Course will display in the My Courses list.
Depending on the number of courses you have loaded in your My Courses List, you may need to search for the Master Course using the Filter.