GenEd Canvas Template

Introduction and background
Step-by-step instructions for downloading the template from Canvas Commons
Step-by-step instructions for downloading the template from an Export Package file
Updated guidance on edits to the GenEd template
Reference Course
GenEd Canvas Template HTML Cheat Sheet
Additional help


INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

GenEd, in partnership with the Office of Digital Education, has developed a template in Canvas. Use of the template is required for instructors teaching online sections of GenEd and optional for brick-and-mortar GenEds.

The purpose of the template is to benefit instructors by offering a shell for courses that is easy to navigate and that includes information applicable to all students, such as where to find support services and to benefit students – particularly those who take multiple GenEds online – by standardizing some elements of course navigation and adding features that replicate website navigation, such as menu buttons.

The template is built to be edited! Any elements that include filler text (“Lorem ipsum”) or instructions such as “Start here with placeholder content” are meant to be edited out and replaced. The same goes for placeholders for videos and images. There are additional images and icons under “Files” for instructors to access and use.

The template is available via a Canvas Commons group entitled “GenEd Instructors”.

In order to access the template, you must first have accessed Canvas Commons. To do so, launch Canvas https://templeu.instructure.com/ and click Commons on the far left-hand menu. Follow the prompts.

If you find that you do not have access to the group, please email Dana Dawson at dgdawson@temple.edu. It is only possible to add instructors who have accessed Commons, so please be sure you’ve accessed Commons first.


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO ACCESS THE GENED CANVAS TEMPLATE FROM CANVAS COMMONS

In order to complete the following steps, you must first have accessed Canvas Commons. To do so, launch Canvas https://templeu.instructure.com/ and click Commons on the far left-hand menu. Follow the prompts.

If you do not have access to the GenEd Instructors group in Canvas Commons, please email  me at dgdawson@temple.edu. It is only possible to add instructors who have accessed Commons, so please be sure you’ve accessed Commons first.

Once you have done the above, begin by creating a shell into which you will import the template. To request a shell, launch Canvas and select Course Tools from the far left-hand menu.

Select the Shell Request tab and select Canvas and Template. Give your template a name and click Create.

When your shell is created, you will see it among your courses on Canvas. If you do not see it when you launch Canvas, click Courses on the far left-hand menu and click on your shell.

Once you are in your shell, select Import from Commons.

On the next screen, select GenEd Instructors (if you do not see this, you need to request access by emailing dgdawson@temple.edu).

Select GenEd Template and the course you wish to import it into on the right side of the screen. Click Import Course.

It may take a short while for the template to appear in your course, so hold off on repeating these steps if you don’t immediately see your shell populated with the template.


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO ACCESS THE GENED CANVAS TEMPLATE FROM AN EXPORT PACKAGE FILE

Download GenEd template export package. You may have this in an email from GenEd but it can also be located on the GenEd Faculty Site on Blackboard and Canvas.

Once you have done the above, begin by creating a shell into which you will import the template. To request a shell, launch Canvas and select Course Tools from the far left-hand menu.

Select the Shell Request tab and select Canvas and Template. Give your template a name and click Create.

When your shell is created, you will see it among your courses on Canvas. If you do not see it when you launch Canvas, click Courses on the far left-hand menu and click on your shell.

Once you are in your shell, click on Settings.

On the right-hand menu, click Import Course Content.

Select Canvas Course Export Package from among the options in the dropdown menu.

Choose the file you downloaded from email, Blackboard or Canvas. It should be titled gened-template-export.imscc. You may have saved the file to a specific location. If not, it will appear in your Downloads folder. Select All Content and Import.

You will see a status bar showing the progress of the package import. When it has completed, you should see the template imported when you click Home.


GENED REFERENCE COURSE

The Office of Digital Education has created a reference course that includes additional information for online instructors. The reference course highlights how the GenEd template maps onto the online review process. To view the reference course, go to this link https://templeu.instructure.com/courses/38173 and log into Canvas using your Temple credentials.

The reference course includes design tips, supplementary video and links to instructions for how to align your course with best practices in online education.


ADDITIONAL HELP

Center for the Advancement of Teachinghttps://teaching.temple.edu/

A range of services are offered to provide learning opportunities through one-on-one consultations, group workshops, special events, and facilities that foster teaching excellence through research-based practices and the use of instructional technology.

Canvas Instructor Guidehttps://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460

Office of Digital Educationhttps://online.temple.edu/