About InScribe at IU

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InScribe is a learning support system that connects communities of educators and students to provide scalable, context-specific help around an organization's existing digital content and curriculum. InScribe's core is a Q&A platform where information can be crowd-sourced and eventually promoted to knowledge bank articles. InScribe can help move student questions out of email and into an organized space.

InScribe sets up a community that integrates into Canvas and can also be accessed from a website. Communities can be defined as narrowly or broadly as needed. At Indiana University, InScribe is being used in a number of ways, from individual course communities to cross-disciplinary and cross-campus communities that help students navigate the transition to college.

Access InScribe


To set up InScribe, email eLearning Design and Services with "InScribe request" as the subject line. Someone from the Next team will contact you with further details.

The Next team will install InScribe in your Canvas site(s) and/or assist with providing links and widgets for a website. You can meet with the InScribe team to fine tune your specific use and set up your community.


You can access your InScribe communities from your Canvas courses or, in some cases, from a link or widget on a website. Depending on how the community is set up, you'll be able to ask and answer questions, view questions and answers that have already been posted, and view knowledge bank articles that help answer your questions. You can also vote answers up or down, comment on knowledge bank articles, and search for topics.

Use InScribe in Canvas

InScribe is an external tool in Canvas. You can add it to your course navigation menu, access it as a Module item, or embed it as a widget in a Canvas page or assignment via the Rich Content Editor.

Enable InScribe in your course navigation

By default, InScribe is hidden in Canvas.

To add a hidden tool to your course navigation menu, see How do I manage Course Navigation links?

Create an InScribe Module item

To create an InScribe Module item, see Add InScribe to a Canvas Module.

Embed an InScribe widget in a Canvas page

To embed an InScribe widget in a Canvas page:

  1. In the Rich Content Editor in a Canvas page, place your cursor where you want to put the widget.
  2. In the toolbar, click the Apps icon (New Apps icon), and search for InScribe.
    If this doesn't match what you see, refer to About the Canvas New Rich Content Editor.
  3. The "InScribe" dialog box will appear:
    InScribe dialog box
  4. In the "InScribe" dialog box, under "Do you want to add a link to this community or embed the community widget?", make a selection:
    • If you want to create a link directly to your InScribe community's knowledge bank, choose Add community link.
    • If you want to add a widget to InScribe content on your Canvas page, select Embed community widget.

    If you wish, you can pre-filter what content will appear in the link or embedded widget; to do this, type a topic in the space at the bottom of the dialog box. Pre-filtered content will then appear as follows:

    Embedded widget highlighted to show pre-filtered content on a certain topic
  5. Click Done to close the dialog box.

Learn more and get help

For instructions for working with InScribe, consult the following resources:

For help, contact your campus Support Center.

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