A Home Page provides a welcoming environment and instructions to learners on how to get started. The Home Page should include the course number and title. If the course is cross-listed, clearly identify each section as this reassures students that they are in the correct course.
By default, the course home page is set to a template page. To change the home page to another page in your course, set your page as the Front Page.
Generally, the syllabus describes the course for the students and tells them what to expect. It lays out the ethical agreements for the course and creates the course culture. The instructor is bound to these agreements as well as the student.
TILT’s Syllabus Resources
Teachers can import (copy) content from a previous Canvas course into a current course and then update the content/dates for the new semester.
Course files include any content uploaded to your course.
It is recommended to create accessilbe PDFs before uploading files into a Canvas course.
- Create folders in Files navigation
- Upload files into Canvas
- For scanned Files, work with Library E-Reserves to create a searchable file.
Note: The Files navigation is hidden from students by default. It is recommended to use Modules to share files with students.
Modules are the easiest way for instructors to help students navigate your course. Organize content into modules by week or topic. Include links to files, assignments, quizzes, websites, videos, pages, and more.
Pages are content areas where you can add and consolidate text and materials. Think of a Word document or Google Doc with the ability to add text, videos, images, hyperlinks, LTI Apps, and links to all other content in your course. You can even link to other pages.
You can use CidiLabs DesignPLUS Tools to customize the content of content pages, assignments, the course syllabus, discussion descriptions, and quiz descriptions.
There a many ways to communicate with students; teach them how you expect them to communicate for your course, and be consistent.
- Announcements viewed in Canvas
- Conversations (Inbox) – mail within Canvas (can set to forward to your email)
Set your email & notification preferences, and point students to set theirs, too.
View a Canvas course the same way a student views the course with Student View. Use student view to check for broken links, unpublished items, module progression, etc. You can also submit assignments and take quizzes as a student.