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The templates offered below are intended to be used as starting guides to creating your Canvas courses, whether you're teaching face-to-face, hybrid, or online.
Each is organized in a slightly different way and can be customized to your own purposes once imported into your own sandbox or course shell.
IMPORTANT: ONLY select a template BEFORE you have added course content. If added after, some course content may be overridden by the template and your work will be lost.
To use the downloadable template files available below please use the following guide:
- Pick the template below that you prefer and click on the file link below the template description to download the template file to your computer (you do not need to open the file).
- In Canvas, navigate to the course where you want to apply the template.
- In your Canvas course, in the course navigation (on the left side of the page) click Settings.
- On the Settings page, on the right side of the page, click Import Content into this Course.
- In the Content Type dropdown, choose Canvas Course Export Package.
- Next to Source, click Choose File and use the file browser to find the .imscc course package that you downloaded from Commons.
- Next to Content, select All content.
- Click Import. You will see a progress bar appear at the bottom of the page, letting you know how the import is progressing and when it’s complete.
Template 1 is organized using Pages accessed from the Home Page. The course is organized by modules, but does not use the Canvas Module folders. Each module is its own page and everything is linked within that page, mimicking a web page.
Each page includes placeholders for Course Overview, Objectives, Readings, Lectures, Optional Resources, and Assignments.
This is great for a very streamlined online or in-person course.
Click here to download the template 1 export package.
Template 2 mirrors the current UC Blackboard template, organized by Modules, this time using the Canvas Modules folders. The modules are broken up into pages and assignments and include Module Overview, Module Learning Materials, and then any attached assignments for that module. The Module Overview page includes a Module Overview, Learning Outcomes, and a Checklist. The Module Learning Materials page includes Readings, Lectures, and Optional Resources. After that there are placeholders for a Discussion, Assignment, and Quiz. This template is similar to Template 4, the hybrid template with less focus on the schedule. This is a great template for most online courses.
Click here to download the template 2 export package.
This template is organized using modules and text headers. These headings can also be used for Topics within a Module, linking to pages with specific topic information including any discussion or assignments that are associated with that topic. This a great template if you were using nested folders within Blackboard, because the pages and headers are indented showing the hierarchy of the content. This template provides the Module Information broken up between the Module Overview and the Module Learning Material, like the previous templates. But it also includes headings for Discussion and Assignments.
Click here to download the template 3 export package.
Template 4 is more schedule-focused. If you are teaching a hybrid course, this may be the template for you. A schedule is prominently displayed on the home page and each module has ONLINE/IN-PERSON in front so you can indicate the dates for the online and in-person times, so students immediately know where they will be working that week. The modules are broken up into Module Overview, Module Learning Materials, and then any attached assignments for that module. The Module Overview page includes a Module Overview, Learning Outcomes, and a Checklist (both online and in person). The Module Learning Materials page includes Readings, Lectures, and Optional Resources. After that there is a placeholder for a Discussion, Assignment, and Quiz, or you can link to other assignments you may have.
Click here to download the template 4 export package.
Template 5 is organized using Modules. Within the Modules, there is a Module Overview page with placeholders for an Overview, Objectives, Readings, Lectures, Optional Resources, and Assignments. You can put as much or as little information here before linking to the assignments for that module. This template is great if you're teaching in person and don't need to put all the course materials online.
Click here to download this template export package.
Template 6 is organized by modules, but is designed to accommodate a face-to-face course and its weekly rhythm of course meetings. Placeholders are provided for a Monday, Wednesday, Friday (or easily converted to Tue/Thur) for assigning work before, during, and after class. Each of the 15 weekly modules has an overview page, a prebuilt assignment, and an empty quiz. These modules are by default unpublished, and can be easily be built as the course progresses.
Click here to download the template 6 export package.