Temple instructors did an amazing job quickly pivoting to online instruction during the Spring '20 semester. Now that we all have a moment to catch our breath, we can reflect upon our teaching and build our next online courses with less haste. This page is designed to help you build a new online course using best practices so that the result is sound both technologically and pedagogically.
Whether you're creating a course online or for a traditional classroom, the principles of backward course design will help you build a coherent learning experience for your students.
Whether you are teaching your online course synchronously or asynchronously, here are some things to consider as you’re designing your Canvas course:
The Office of Digital Education has created two course shell templates to help you start building your online/hybrid course in Canvas. These templates are based on Quality Matters course design standards which promote best practices for designing and structuring online courses.
The Lite Canvas Template is recommended for faculty who have never created a course online before and the Full Canvas Template is for faculty who are experienced in creating online Canvas Content. You can, of course, still structure your course from scratch or redesign what you have. You can use the recommendations above to get you started.
Note: This template is only a guide to give faculty ideas about how to build their online course with some sample language and content to build a course quickly in Canvas – the template has been made to be very flexible and easy to edit for use.
Here are the resources to help you build your course in Canvas:
These templates provide a minimum course shell with just the essentials for creating a Canvas Course. You can download and save this file to a folder on your computer. IMPORTANT: You do NOT have to open the downloaded file on your computer. Instead, follow this procedure:
For more detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, follow these "How do I import a Canvas Course Export Package?" instructions (link to an external site) to import this file into your Canvas course.
General Education Program: In addition to the resources listed above, there is a Canvas Course Template designed specifically for GenEd courses available here.
As part of the launch of these two new templates, the Office of Digital Education and CAT have teamed up to offer multiple sessions of two special workshops on how to best make use of them.
For more comprehensive training on the ins and outs of online teaching, consider signing up for our Teaching Online Short Course for Faculty.
To sign up for these or any other CAT workshops, visit our Upcoming Events page.
For more information on the Quality Matters standards, see this QM rubric.
CAT is running a series of webinars on various topics related to online teaching. We also have online drop-in help hours Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm with no appointment needed, and consultation times available during the week, on weekends, and in the evenings. Faculty members have also volunteered to assist their colleagues. Additionally, note that you have access to 24/7 Zoom and Canvas support.
Sign up for our Teaching Online Short Course and get the information you'll need to create rich learning experiences for your students.
See our training schedule and register for a session or watch one of the webinars in our archive.