A Canvas Template has been designed to help faculty create a course space efficiently. It supports various types of instructional modes (hybrid, flipped, synchronous or asynchronous online) to meet your teaching goals. Please scroll down to learn how to utilize this template and to view the download instructions. The DTEI instructional designers are also available to help you. Please schedule a DTEI office hour appointment or contact us at email@example.com.
Downloading and Importing the Template
Follow these step-by-step instructions to import the template into a Canvas Sandbox. You can then choose the sections of the template you would like to import into your course. **Note: We DO NOT recommend importing the entire template into an existing course with developed content. It is best to import the template into an empty course shell or Canvas Sandbox.
Best Practices in using the Template
We recommend you to view the Canvas template (10-Week | 5-Week) before downloading and importing it to your Canvas course space. Please expand each section below to learn about the different tools and resources that you can find in the template. All of the components listed below can be accessed by going to the Modules section of the Canvas Course Template.
Editing the Template
This course template contains several Canvas pages with pre-made layouts that you can include in your course, such as three home page designs, a weekly road map page, and pages to help you organize your lectures and readings. If you go to the Modules section of the the Canvas Template you will find a Module called "Page Templates" where you can see all of the available page designs.
The course home page serves as the initial entry point into your course and helps to orient students to what they need to know and how they should navigate your course.
There are three home page designs in this course template for you to select from
- Module Navigation Design - For instructors that would like to organize and have students navigate content by topic
- Weekly Navigation Design - For instructors that would like students to navigate the course week-by-week
- Weekly/Module Flex Navigation Design - For a more simplistic homepage and navigation that can be customized by module or week
Once you’ve decided on a home page, you will need to set it as the front page of your course. Follow Canvas’ instructions on how to set a front page in your course.
As you edit the page, please keep in mind:
- Text content within each page design can be edited using the rich-text editor; however the structure and look and feel of the page is fixed
- Images and Icons such as the banner image and icons next to buttons can be swapped out with your own images and icons
- If you hit the delete button too many times, it is possible to break the design/structure of the page. Use the undo button (ctrl. Z on Windows and Command Z on Mac to undo changes you made)
- Save frequently! You can always go to the three dots at the top of right the page and view the page history to go back to a previous save.