The CDE has prepared an Olin Canvas template that you can download, modify and use in your course. This template includes a homepage, introductory module, module pages and structures and more. 

How do I use the template?

Do you remember playing with blocks or legos as a kid? The template is set up so that you can mix and match pieces that you need to set up your course. We have created various course pages and module setups on Canvas that you can edit and modify to fit your course needs. 

Watch the video below for more information on how to use the template.

Where can I access the template?

Template pieces can be accessed through Canvas Commons. Watch the video below detailing how to import a template piece from Commons. 

What is included in the template?

The template includes core course components that will provide students with a consistent navigation approach. Remember, you can download the whole template into your course or just the pieces that you need. An outline of the components is listed below.

Course Homepage

The homepage includes content areas (with sample content) for a welcome message, welcome video, first steps, instructor picture and contact info, course objectives and zoom link. Here is a sample homepage:

Introduction to the Course Module

Best practices for online course design include consistent and strategic onboarding. This introduction module area of information is something that every student needs to succeed in the course. Fill in the information on each page. Here is the Module view of the Introduction Module:

Module Structures and Content

We know that there are lots of different kinds of courses. We’ve devised simple templates for the most common types of courses. These include session-based, HyFlex, HyFlip, discussion-based, lab-based and case-based. Each module comes with a fillable introduction page and sample, as well as an outline of where to put content. Here is a sample of the HyFlex Module Template in the Module view: