Canvas Templates

Getting Started with a Canvas Course Template

The Office of Digital Education has created course shell templates to help you start building your online/hybrid course in Canvas. These templates have been designed to account for best practices for designing and structuring online courses.

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:

  1. Once you've downloaded the .imscc file, go to your Canvas course.
  2. Go to Settings (normally at the bottom of the left hand menu in blue).
  3. Click on Import Course Content, which will be on the right.
  4. From the pulldown menu select Canvas Course Export Package.
  5. Use the Choose File tool to find your..imscc file. (If you don't know where you saved it, check your Downloads folder.)
  6. Select All Content.
  7. Click the Import button to begin the template process. This will take a few moments.

General Education Program: In addition to the resources listed above, there is a Canvas Course Template designed specifically for GenEd courses available here. We recommend installing either the Gen Ed template or one of the above templates, not both.

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