Skip to Main Content

Course Reserves

Learn how to navigate, incorporate, and use Course Reserves in your class for increased course affordability and copyright management.

In Canvas What are "Tags"?

Adding a "tag" to a Course Reserve Item gives instructors and students another way to organize their materials.  Once tagged, items can be filtered to only show ones with a particular tag.  Instructors have 2 types of tags that can be attached to any Course Reserves Item. 

  • Personal Tags (only the person logged in can see the tags).
  • Instructor Tags (these will be visible to all students enrolled in that course)

Both personal and instructor tags can be attached in 2 ways. 

  • Batch tagging multiple items
  • Tagging each item separately

In Canvas Course Home Page Tags

What do the buttons/links do?

Course Home Page

  • (Fig 25) List of all tags connected to course
    • After attaching tags, (above the “Sort By” dropdown) this area will list all the tags available on the course
    • Each tag will have a number next to it showing how many items have each tag.
  • (Fig26)  Show Tag Editor
    • This is the button to select for batch tagging
  • (Fig 27) Tag Column
    • This column will specify tags attached to each item.

There are 2 ways to display items attached to a tag.

  • (Fig 25) each tag will display all items with the tag
  • (Fig 27) each tag will display all items with the tag

In Canvas Batch Tagging

What do the button/links do?

Tagging Editor

  • (Fig28) Tags
    • This is the box to list tags to attach
    • Separate each tag with a comma
  • (Fig 29) Type of tags
    • All users can have personal tags
    • Instructors have a second type to use in the course, visible to all students
  • (Fig 30) Hide Tag Editor
    • Click on this button when done creating tags
  • (Fig31) Batch Edit Column
    • All items on the course list will have a checkbox
    • Checking the box means add tag
  • (Fig 32) Click to Add Tags to All Selected Items
    • Save Button

In Canvas Steps to Batch Tag

Steps to Batch Tag

  • Click on Show Tag Editor
  • Type in all the tags that will be used to identify specific items
    • Use a comma to separate tags if more than one
  • Select either Instructor or Personal
  • Check the box for each item to be tagged
  • Click the “Click to Add Tags to All Selected Items”

In Canvas Single Item Tagging

What do the buttons do?

Single Item Page Detail page

  • (Fig 33) Instructor Tag Box
    • These tags will be visible to students
  • (Fig 34) Private Tags (Personal tags)
    • These tags only visible to person using them
  • (Fig 35) Modify Tags
    • Save button


In Canvas Steps to Single Item Tag

Steps to One Item Tag

  • Click on "Show Details" for the item to tag (left column of course list)
  • Add the tags to be attached in the type of tag desired (personal or instructor)
  • For multiple tags, make sure you use commas between each tag
  • Click Modify

In Canvas Untagging or Editing Item Tags

To "untag" or change a tag an item or batch, each has to be changed 1 at a time.  Follow the steps of 1 item tagging and then delete the tags that are unwanted.