How to Use Canvas Course Templates

Overview

Students need to have an easy-to-follow, consistent experience in their online courses so they don't have to spend a lot of time figuring out where everything is located and how to navigate and access the  content. CIDI has developed templates to help you organize your course materials and provide a consistent experience for students across USU. You can easily import one into your Canvas course. The template will help you keep your course material organized and will provide you a great jumping-off point for building the online components of your course.

CIDI has developed two templates to help you organize your course materials and provide a consistent experience for students across USU.

To import a template into your Canvas course, simply click on an empty Fall 2020 Canvas course and look for the option to import a course template at the top of the page. Currently, there are two templates to choose from: a robust “visual” template and a more simplified “bare-bones” template. 

Note: There is an option to view both templates if you’d like to look at them before importing the content into your course.

Import course template

For fully online courses, the visual template will be the best option to ensure you are meeting the requirements of a fully online course. For face-to-face and broadcast courses, the bare bones template might be enough to get you started, depending on how much material you will be placing online.

For blended and hybrid courses, you may want to consider the visual template, as you will be relying more on the learning management system (Canvas) to deliver content to students who aren’t meeting with you at designated times.

To learn more about how to properly use each of these templates see the videos below:

Adding Files to Canvas: As you begin to add your own content to your course, it’s important to keep things organized so your course is easy to update and maintain moving forward.

To learn more, visit the Upload Files in Canvas page.