Organizing Your Course

Organizing Your Course

This page focuses on how to add and organize content using Canvas Modules.The main view for a Canvas course is “Modules,” which typically displays the course chronologically in “weeks” or “units.” In other words, it’s a clickable course schedule, making it very easy for students to navigate. If you had set up your iLearn course by content area (i.e., assignments, readings, etc), this is the perfect time to reorganize.  

If you don’t want to start with a blank slate, import our template pages.

If you have any questions about the import process, please contact XCITE.

  • Import the Course Shell (with Template Pages)

    Canvas Course Shell

    This Canvas Course Shell has been built with quality standards in mind and reflects effective practices in online learning. This Shell is meant to serve as a guide and should be customized to meet your particular needs.

    DOWNLOAD THE SHELL (You must be signed into R'Mail to access)

     

    Instructions:

    1. Download Canvas Course Package
    2. Navigate to the course that you wish to import these materials.
    3. Follow these instructions on how to complete the import into Canvas.
    4. When making edits in the course shell, not that materials highlighted in yellow are for reference and guidance. Review and replace these highlighted sections as you prepare for your course.
    Home Page template
    Module template
    lecture template
  • Create a Module

    Modules are essentially one-level folders that provide course structure by chunking content. Modules serve as one-stop shops for content & assignments, since they can contain pages, assessments, and discussions.

    Instructions

    To create a new, empty module:

    1. Click the +Module
    2. Enter a title for the new module and click the Add Module button
    3. Repeat steps to create additional modules

    If you created a module and want to repeat the structure of that module (e.g., Introduction, Lecture, Resources, Discussion), you can duplicate that module: 

    1. Click the vertical ellipsis on the top right of the module you wan to duplicate
    2. Click Duplicate
    3. Retitle the pages and assignments appropriately for the new module
    4. Repeat steps to create additional modules with the same structure and template pages
    duplicate module

     

  • Add your Syllabus to the Syllabus page

    Coming soon

  • Rich Content Editor

    The Rich Content Editor in Canvas makes text editing and media placement possible in:

    • Pages
    • Assignments
    • Discussions
    • Quizzes
    • Announcements


    To open the content editor, click into the page or assignment and click the Edit button at the top right:

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    Functionality

    The content editor includes the tools you would find in most email and word processing software. This makes it possible to:

    • Enter and format text
    • Insert external and internal (ie, course content) hyperlinks
    • Add tables
    • Insert equations
    • Embed multimedia content
      • Videos
      • Images
      • Sound files

     

    Toolbar

    The toolbar is made up of two rows of options. The first row is primarily for formatting text, while the second row is for inserting different elements.

    Rich content editor toolbar's 1st row of options

    The first row of option includes:

    1. Bold
    2. Italics
    3. Underline
    4. Text color picker
    5. Background color picker: This will only change the background of lines of text.
    6. Clear formatting: Clears any existing formatting options for selected text. This is particularly useful when copying and pasting text from other sources.
    7. Alignment options: left, center, and right aligned text. 
    8. Indent and de-indent
    9. Super- and sub-script
    10. Bulleted lists and numbered lists

     

    toolbar

    In the toolbar's second row of options, you'll find the following tools:

    • A. Table: provides options for inserting and formatting data tables
    • B. Insert/Edit media (Not recommended unless you're using an embed code for a video. There are easier ways to add media. See below at F)
    • C. Link to URL and Remove link. You can also use the chain icon (left) to provide an in-browser preview of any files, like Word and PDF, you include in your content.
    • D. Embed image
    • E. Insert math equation: Create equations by using the equation builder buttons or by using LaTex.
    • F. Canvas and third-party tools: Embed videos and other files. YuJa (circled) is our video hosting platform where you can upload your videos, including lecture capture videos. YuJa also makes it possible to embed questions within the video using their Video Quiz tool. See more about this on our Yuja in Canvas page.
    • G. Left-to-right text flow (default) or right-to-left text flow.
    • H. Font size: Adjust text size. For titles and header use the following option, font style, to better accommodate people who are blind or visually impaired.
    • Font style: Select from built-in paragraph and header fonts. Selecting this rather than just changing the font size makes these headers stand out when screen readers verbalize the content, thereby increasing the accessibility of your content.

     

    Content Selector

    Rich content editor content selectorThe Content Selector enables you to:

    • Link to existing in-course content
    • Link to or embed files
    • Embed images


    The Content Selector includes a file upload tool that facilitates uploading items as you build your course. Once uploaded, the files will reside in your course files area, where you can organize them into folders. Note that Canvas has a size limit of 500MB per file.

    The Content Selector can typically be found on the right-hand side of the text entry field. In cases where the screen resolution or size is low/small, the Content Selector will appear at the bottom center of the page.

  • Create a Page

    The Pages tool enables you to create custom web pages within your Canvas course. Pages can be used as a static information page or as a wiki tool. A page can include text, video, and links. You can use pages to for your readings, lectures, and more.

    Instructions

    To create a new/blank page, go to Modules

    1. Click the  +  button in the module where you want to place the new page.
    2. Click on the dropdown list on the next window.
    3. Click on the Page option.
    4. Click on the New Page option.
    5. Give the page a name
      • The name will also serve as the header of the page
    6. Click the Add Item button.
    7. Click on the page's title back on the Module page.
    8. Click the Edit button.
      • Use the Rich Content Editor to add content to the page.

    Detailed step-by-step instructions: Create a New Page in a Course  (text-based instructions)

    To duplicate a page, go to Modules

    1. Click the vertical ellipses button on the right of the page you want to duplicate
    2. Click Duplicate
    3. Retitle the page appropriately 

     

  • Adding Lecture Videos with YuJa

    Media uploaded or imported into the YuJa Cloud can be shared directly through Canvas. This makes it simple for instructors to add video content into multiple areas in Canvas.
     

    Accessing the YuJa Media Chooser

    • In your Canvas course, click "edit' on the page (or discussion, announcement, etc.) in which you want to embed your lecture video. Find the The YuJa Media Chooser icon on the toolbar. 

    • Click on the desired video from the YuJa Media Chooser Library. A Search option is available.

    • Complete the post as desired and post to Canvas.

     

    For help, see this YuJa KB article or call 1-888-257-2278 or email support@yuja.com

  • Create an Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz

    Just like creating pages, you can create assignments in the modules. 

    Instructions

    To create a new/blank item, go to Modules

    1. Click the  +  button in the module where you want to place the new page.
    2. Click on the dropdown list on the next window.
    3. Click on the Assignment, Quiz, or Discussion option.
    4. Click on the New option.
    5. Give the item a name
      • The name will also serve as the header of the page
    6. Click the Add Item button.
    7. Click on the title back on the Module.
    8. Click the Edit button.
      • Use the Rich Content Editor to add content. Make sure to put in the points and submission type.

    Detailed step-by-step instructions: How do I add or edit assignment details? (text-based instructions) 

    To duplicate an assignment, quiz, or discussion, go to Modules

    1. Click the vertical ellipses button on the right of the item you want to duplicate
    2. Click Duplicate
    3. Retitle the item appropriately 
  • Gradebook and Assignments

    In order to create a column in the gradebook, you will have to create a graded assignment, graded quiz, or graded discussion. To create a grade column for attendance, participation, in-class exams, or on-paper essays, follow the instructions below.

    Instructions

    In your Canvas course, go to your Modules page (may also be your course homepage).

    1. Click the  +  button in the module where you want to place the new assignment.
    2. Click on the dropdown list on the next window and select the Assignment option.
    3. Click on the New Assignment option.
    4. Give the assignment a name
      • The name will also serve as the header of the assignment details page.
    5. Click the Add Item button.
    6. Click on the assignment's title back on the Module page.
    7. Click the Edit button.
    8. Enter assignment details, such as:
      • A description
      • Assignment's value in points
    9. Click on the Submission Type dropdown menu, and select:
      • No Submission - for attendance, participation, and other intangibles students are being graded on, or
      • On Paper - for in-class exams or activities, and paper-based essays/reports.
    10. Enter assignees and due date
      • Multiple due dates can be added using the +Add option - useful for assigning to different sections, or for students who need an extension.
      • The Available from and Until options control who early and late students can submit an assignment.
    11. When done with entering the details, click either:
      • Save - if you're not ready to make visible to students, or
      • Save & Publish - if you're ready to make the assignment available to students.

    Detailed step-by-step instructions: How do I add or edit assignment details? (text-based instructions) 

  • Publish!

    Students won't be able to access files, assignments, pages, modules, etc., unless you publish those items. So don't forget to publish all your content items (eg, files and assignments). Publish your modules. And, last but not least, publish your course. 

    Instructions

    1. On the Modules page, click on the slashed circle icon to the right of each module title.
      • Slashed circles should convert to green circles with a white checkmark, indicating that the module AND all its items are visible to students.
    2.  Unpublish any item by clicking on the item's green circle icon.
    publish content

     

    3. Go to the "Course Status" section in the homepage's sidebar and click the Publish button.

    • The course will be queued for visibility starting on the official first day of instruction, unless you customized your start and end dates.

    Detailed step-by-step instructions: Publish a Course (text-based instructions)

    Publish course