Canvas Quick Guide - Designing your Canvas Course with Modules and Pages
Designing your Canvas course can be done using Modules, Pages, or a combination of both. Take a look at our HSU Canvas Course Templates that can be easily imported into your course.
You can see what modules and pages look like to get an idea of what would work best to guide the student learning in your course.
- HSU Canvas Course Template | Simple
- This simple course template provides a few simple elements to start you off with your Canvas course, including the Accessible Syllabus Template and a simple front/home page.
- HSU Canvas Course Template | Topics-Based
- This basic course template provides a topic structure to help users get started with the design and development of a Canvas course.
- HSU Canvas Course Template | Basic 1 Week
- This basic course template provides a 1-week modules-based architectural structure to help users get started with the design and development of a Canvas course. Use the modules provided to enter your own course materials into.
- HSU Canvas Course Template | Detailed 1 Week
- This 1-week course template provides a module structure along with detailed teaching samples and resources.
- HSU Canvas Course Template I Basic 16 Weeks
- This basic course template provides a 16-week module structure to help users get started with the design and development of a Canvas course.
- HSU Canvas Course Template I Detailed 16 Weeks
- This 16-week course template provides a module structure along with detailed teaching samples and resources.
Using only Modules
Modules organize your course materials by day, week, topic, unit, outcome, or any other organizational structure. A module allows instructors to add files, assignments, quizzes, discussions, and external resources in a guided learning experience. Here is a sample HSU course created using a combination of modules and pages: Dr. Christine Dobrowolski’s HED 446 Course. See more details about Modules in the Canvas Instructor Guide.
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Using only Pages
Pages create an opportunity to build organization in one location that is visually appealing. You might use a Canvas page for each week or topic in your course and then create links to the various activities, assignments, resources, and assessments for that week. Or, you might use a homepage structure that has links to each important page in the course based on the content. Within each page, you can use the Rich Content Editor tool to insert text and images, embed a video, create a table, add links, and a link to an external website or other resource. See the Canvas Instructor Guide on Pages for more details. Here is a sample HSU course created using pages linked from the course home page: Dr. Amy Rock’s GSP 270 Course.
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Using a combination of Modules and Pages
The most common method in organizing course materials is to use a combination of Modules and Pages. In looking at the Pros and Cons above, you might want to consider using Modules and Pages to get the best of both worlds in Canvas. However you choose to guide your student learning experience in Canvas, it is important to remember three things: welcome the students, engage them, and guide them on where to go and what to do.
IMPORTANT DESIGN TIPS:
- It's good to have a student-friendly front page regardless of which method you use in organizing the student experience in Canvas.
- Whichever method you choose, be sure you customize your Course Navigation Menu to make visible only the menu links you would like students to dive into. Making them all visible can be very confusing to the student.
“The bar on the left with the syllabus, etc. can be a lot. One class has 15 bars on the side...I would suggest consolidating the menu.” - Jacqueline, HSU Student