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Resource Courses and Templates

Resource Courses

These courses are a collection of those available for faculty to use. Some of them are geared toward getting to know Canvas better for New Users, others are targeted toward learning how to use different tools in Canvas.

  1. Teaching and Learning Online at Marian University – This is a short, self-paced course where instructors who may be interested in teaching online can get a basic understanding of Canvas, experience what it’s like to take an online course, and think through their thoughts and concerns about teaching online.
  2. Teaching Online Series – This course is a resource shared with us through Indiana University. It contains several modules on a variety of topics including course design, instructor readiness, utilization of Canvas, and general information on best practices.
  3. Faculty Resource Course – This “course” is a compilation of examples, instructions, and explanations of best practices for creating the various components within Canvas courses.
  4. Canvas Instructor Orientation - This course has been designed by Instructure for Canvas instructors looking to learn how to use their system. It has modules on how to add content, build assignments, organize materials, structure assessments, and establish a presence.
  5. LockDown Browser and Monitor Overview - This course was created to demonstrate the use of Respondus' LockDown Browser and Monitor for monitoring students taking online exams. These tools should be used together on high-stakes exams and quizzes.


The following templates are available to import into your course through Canvas Commons. We have also provided a  Template Review Course, so you can see what materials are contained in the template and how it looks.

NOTES:  If you are trying to import the template directly into your course. First, log into Canvas Commons and then click the title of the desired template. Also, If you import the template into your course twice, it will overwrite any changes you made to the pages.

Questions or need more assistance? Contact Blake here.

  1. Student Information Module: This module is meant to be imported and positioned as the top module in your course.  It provides students with information on the various resources available to them at Marian University.  There are also unpublished instructions for faculty on how to use Canvas and examples of Canvas best practices.
  2. Preloaded Course Content:  This template contains the module above and a second module with a “Meet Your Instructor” page and a course “Syllabus” page. The template will also modify the course navigation setting to limit options to those needed for a module-driven course.
  3. Other Templates: There are a variety of other templates available in the Canvas Commons area. Each template is configured with the most common settings and formatting, brief instructions, and a link to an actual example from a course. Faculty can import the templates fitting the needs of their course and update the templates with their specific content.

The templates currently available for faculty include:

  1. Module Introduction Page
  2. Module Content Pages
  3. File Submission Assignment
  4. Question and Answer Discussion
  5. Quiz / Test
  6. Midterm Survey
  7. Complete Module Template with an introduction, content page, discussion, file submission assignment, and quiz/test.
  8. Complete Course Template with navigation settings, course preload materials, midterm survey, and four complete module templates.

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