GenEd Canvas Template

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PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

If you already have content in your course shell, importing the GenEd template WILL OVERWRITE THE SYLLABUS SECTION OF CANVAS. It will not overwrite other modules, pages or files. We encourage you to use the template syllabus, but be sure to back up your syllabus by pasting content into a separate document and/or by backing up your Canvas course. Instructions for both can be found below.

Similarly, if you import the GenEd template and then import your course content, importing your course content WILL OVERWRITE THE GENED SYLLABUS TEMPLATE unless you de-select the syllabus as you import content into the template. We encourage instructors to use the GenEd template syllabus.

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Introduction and Background

Course Template Reference Course

Step-By-Step Instructions to Import the Gened Template From Canvas Commons

Step-By-Step Instructions to Import Content Into Your Gened Template

Changing the Home Page to the Gened Course Template Home Page

Step-By-Step Instructions to Import the Gened Template Into a Course You Have Already Built

Backing Up Your Canvas Course

 

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

 

COURSE TEMPLATE REFERENCE COURSE

GenEd, in conjunction with the Office of Digital Education, has created a reference course for the template. In the reference course, you will find tips for how to fill in the various sections of the template and links to helpful resources. You will also see notes on how the design of the template aligns with the GenEd self-review rubric. During GenEd course recertification, which happens once every five years, online instructors complete a self-review of their course using the online self-review tool. Instructors are welcome to use the self-review tool anytime as a means of supporting best practices in online instructional design.

 

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

******** REMEMBER! ********

If you have already have content in your course shell, importing the GenEd template WILL OVERWRITE THE SYLLABUS SECTION OF YOUR CANVAS SITE. Please use the GenEd template syllabus, but if you have content in your syllabus section that you wish to keep, copy and paste it into another document and/or use Course Export to back up your content.

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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.

Begin by creating a shell into which you will import the template. Launch Canvas and select Course Tools from the far left-hand menu.

 

 

If you are creating the Canvas course for a course you have already been assigned, select Banner and use the + sign beside the course you are working on to create the course. If you are building a course ahead of time, select Shell Request, select the template option, give your shell 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, click in the search box and enter the phrase “GenEd Template”.

 

 

Select the full semester or 6 week GenEd Template. On the next screen, click the Import/Download button on the right side of the screen, and select the course you wish to import the template into from the menu that will pop up. Click Import into Course (you may have to scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the import button).

**** NOTE THAT IMPORTING WILL OVERWRITE THE SYLLABUS SECTION OF YOUR SITE! **** 

If you are importing the template into a course with existing content, importing the template will not overwrite pages, modules, assignments, etc. but will overwrite the syllabus section. If you have content in the syllabus section that you wish to keep, copy and paste it into a separate document so that you can add it into the template syllabus.

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Once the template import is complete, you will see the template homepage (pictured below) and other imported content. This may take a few minutes.

If, once importing is complete, the GenEd home page does not appear as the home page, look for it in the Pages section of Canvas. You may have to set it as the home page (see instructions in Changing the Home Page to the Gened Course Template Home Page).

 

 

Now you are ready to begin building your course within the template, or to import content from another course. To import content, see the steps below.

 

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO IMPORT CONTENT INTO YOUR GENED TEMPLATE

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Importing content from another course WILL OVERWRITE THE TEMPLATE SYLLABUS. Please be sure to de-select the syllabus BEFORE you import your course content.

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Once you have imported your template, click Settings in the bottom left-hand corner of Canvas.

 

Click Import Course Content on the right-hand side of the Settings screen.

There is more than one way to import course content. These instructions will walk through copying course content. For instructions on how to import a course package you have downloaded, see Backing Up Your Canvas Course.

To copy a course into the template, click the dropdown menu in the Import Content screen and select “Copy a Canvas Course”.

In the Search for a Course dropdown menu, select the course from which you wish to copy content. BE SURE TO THEN SELECT THE “SELECT SPECIFIC CONTENT” OPTION. This will allow you to avoid overwriting the GenEd template syllabus.

 

Click Import.

You will shortly see a “Select Content” option under Current Jobs. Click “Select Content.”

 

Select all course content you wish to import but BE SURE TO LEAVE “Syllabus Body” UNSELECTED.

 

 

Click Select Content. You will see a “Running” progress bar, and when the content has been completely imported, you will see a green “Completed” notification.

 

CHANGING THE HOME PAGE TO THE GENED COURSE TEMPLATE HOME PAGE

After importing content into a course that already has the GenEd template, when you click back to your home page, you may notice that the home page is no longer the GenEd template home page. To re-set the GenEd template home page as your home page, click Home on the left-hand menu and then Choose Home Page on the right-hand menu.

 

 

A Choose Course Home Page menu of options will pop up. Select “Pages Front Page” and click Save.

 

You should now see the GenEd template home page when you click Home.

 

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO IMPORT THE GENED TEMPLATE INTO A COURSE YOU HAVE ALREADY BUILT

**** NOTE THAT IMPORTING WILL OVERWRITE THE SYLLABUS SECTION OF YOUR SITE! **** 

If you are importing the template into a course with existing content, importing the template will not overwrite pages, modules, assignments, etc. but will overwrite the syllabus section. If you have content in the syllabus section that you wish to keep, copy and paste it into a separate document so that you can add it into the template syllabus.

If you have content in your Canvas syllabus, begin by saving it to another document so that you can add it to the GenEd Canvas syllabus template later. Navigate to the syllabus.

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Click and drag to select the content in the syllabus and right click to copy, and open a Word document or other word processing document and right click to paste. You can later copy and paste material from the document back into the Syllabus page once the GenEd Canvas template has been imported. (You can also use this practice to generate a hard or electronic copy of the syllabus for sharing.)

Once you are ready to begin importing the template, navigate to Home and click Import from Commons on the right-hand menu.

On the next screen, click in the search box and enter the phrase “GenEd Template”.

 

On the next screen, click the Import/Download button on the right side of the screen, and select the course you wish to import the template into from the menu that will pop up. Click Import into Course (you may have to scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the import button).

**** NOTE THAT IMPORTING WILL OVERWRITE THE SYLLABUS SECTION OF YOUR SITE! **** 

If you are importing the template into a course with existing content, importing the template will not overwrite pages, modules, assignments, etc. but will overwrite the syllabus section. If you have content in the syllabus section that you wish to keep, copy and paste it into a separate document so that you can add it into the template syllabus.

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Once the template import is complete, you will see the template homepage and other imported content. Note that importing the template will add pages and modules to your existing pages and modules. To see all pages you have developed, click Pages on the left-hand menu and then View All Pages at the top of the screen.

 

 

Template modules will appear below modules already in the course, so you may wish to delete or unpublish them before launching the course.

Note also that the GenEd Syllabus template has three tabs to help students more easily find the information they are looking for.

 

 

BACKING UP YOUR CANVAS COURSE

It’s a good idea to regularly back up your Canvas course and it’s an especially good idea to back up a course into which you are about to import the GenEd template (if you are importing the template into a shell or course with existing content).

To back up your course, click Settings on the left-hand menu and the Export Course Content on the right-hand menu.

 

 

The “Course” option should be selected already. Click Create Export.

 

 

When the export has finished running, you will see a solid bar and the words “Your content has been exported.” Click Settings and Export Course Content again, and you will see your export file.

 

 

Click the link and the file will start to download to your computer.

Canvas will export the file as a .imscc file, which is a file format that is readable by Canvas. Give the file a specific name (e.g. SOC_868_Canvas_backup_fall_2018.imscc). Save the file to a location where you can later find it.

Should you need to access that version of your course, launch a course shell using the steps listed above (the first steps in “Step-By-Step Instructions to Import the Gened Template From Canvas Commons”), click Settings on the left-hand menu and Import Course Content on the right-hand menu. In the Content Type dropdown menu, select “Canvas Course Export Package.” Click Choose File and navigate to where you have saved the .imscc file. Select whether you wish to import All content or selected content and click import.

 

 

If you selected Select specific content, you will be given the option of selecting which content. Your imported content should appear within a few minutes.