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UNC Charlotte Term Specific Templates have been created to provide a quick and easy way for instructors to organize their content in Canvas according to best-practices of online course design

To import the template in to your course: 

  1. Copy the template to your Canvas course shell
    1. In Canvas, navigate to the course shell for the course you would like to upload the template into
    2. In the right hand menu, select Import from Commons

    3. In the Canvas Commons search bar, type Canvas <the season and year you are searching for> Template
    4. Select from the template that shows the UNC Charlotte Crown logo in the thumbnail and has the name Canvas <season/year> Template

    5. On the right-hand side of the page, click the blue Import/Download button
    6. A pop-up window is displayed on the right listing all of your Canvas courses. Find the course shell you want to import the template
      check the box

    7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the blue Import into Course button

    8. The green bar  at the top of the page indicates that the template has been/is being imported into your course shell

    9. On the left-hand Canvas menu, click  Dashboard

    10. Navigate to your Canvas course that you imported the template into. The Canvas Template you selected is
      in your course 

  2. Customize your homepage and modules

    1. On the Homepage, you will see Instructor Directions asking you to update the Course #: Course Title, and the Instructor’s Name
    2. Click the Edit icon in the upper right corner, it includes an image of a pencil
    3. Edit the text to display the correct course number, course name, and instructor name. Click the Save button when you are finished

    4. In the left-hand menu, click the Modules link

    5. Review the materials in the unpublished module called: Template Directions for Instructor Only
    6. In the Start Here module, update the Instructor Welcome and Course Overview pages using the same Edit page process you used on the Homepage

    7. For each week of the semester, edit the module title to reflect the weekly content, topic, chapter, unit, section, etc. that is appropriate for your course

  3. Add your course content
    Any items you wish to share with students on Canvas need to be uploaded into your Canvas Files and then embedded/linked on Pages or added directly to Modules. Examples of this content may include: Course Syllabus, Articles, Videos, Images, Presentations, Documents, Spreadsheets, and so on. The following steps will show you how to upload and link your Course Syllabus file as an example
    1. In the left navigation bar, click the Syllabus link

    2. You will be linking your course syllabus to the bolded Course Syllabus text between the green bars. In the upper right-hand corner, click the Edit page button 

    3. Using  your cursor, highlight the words Course Syllabus

    4. In the Rich Content Editor (RCE), click on Insert, scroll down to Document, and choose Upload Document

    5. Drag and drop your Course Syllabus file (Word Doc, PDF) into the upload window OR navigate to where the file lives on your computer and select it to upload. Once the file is showing in the upload window, click the green Submit button i

    6. The words you had highlighted, Course Syllabus, are now linked to the Syllabus file. The Syllabus file now lives in your canvas course Files as well

    7. Finally, delete the instructional text in brackets and click the green Update Syllabus button to save the Syllabus page. The Syllabus button on your Homepage is linked to this page

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