Two types of Canvas templates with essential course elements are designed to meet various teaching goals. The faculty can easily import one of these Canvas templates to their Canvas space and set up the Canvas course site efficiently. It will not erase the editing content that is already added to the Canvas space after importing a template to a Canvas space. The faculty also have full-authorization to revise the course elements after the template is imported successfully.
The Canvas Module-Based Template:
This template is designed for faculty who desire to develop a “Canvas Module” based course, which provides students a linear study-roadmap to participate in assigned learning activities in sequence. The benefit of this template is that the faculty can quickly set up a Canvas space by adding and organizing the learning content and assignments by either the module topics or the academic weeks.
The Canvas Page-Based Template:
This template is designed for faculty who desire to develop a “Canvas Page” based course, which a customized weekly page is designed to associate with the related learning content and activities. The benefit of this template is that the faculty are able to customize how the weekly content and activities are introduced to students. The Rich Content Editor provides an easy way for faculty to develop a web page that incorporates various content (e.g. video, image, text, links, and files) in one place. The HTML editor is also available for advanced users to develop the page by modifying the HTML code.
Instructions for Importing a Canvas Template to a Canvas Space
- Download a suitable Canvas template Export File. The file is in the .imscc format.
- Request a Canvas space from the EEE Grandcentral or create a Canvas sandbox space.
- Enter the Canvas course and click on the “Settings” link on the left side menu. Then, click on the “Import Course Content” link on the right side menu.
- Select “Canvas Course Export Package” option in the drop down menu. Then, browse the .imscc file that you downloaded in step 1.
- Choose “ All Content”, and click on the “Import” blue button. The process may take a few minutes to complete.
To learn more about how to take the benefit of these Canvas templates and enhance remote teaching, please watch the following training webinars for details.
- Keep the pedagogical mindset when setting up a course with a Canvas template (March 26, 2020)
- Canvas 101: Designing a remote course with a Canvas Template (May 26, 2020)
- Setting up a remote course with a Canvas template (June 16, 2020)