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Course rooms to be inspired by

Here, the E-learning team wants to highlight some chosen Canvas course rooms created by KTH teachers. The purpose of showing these examples is to inspire you as a teacher when working with your own courses in Canvas.

About the course rooms listed

The examples below are from several different schools at KTH and contribute with diversity when it comes to structure and layout, which is important since different courses have different needs. Generally speaking, a course room is more valuable for the students’ learning when the course is well structured as a whole and when the physical and digital course structures are in line with each other.

The thought behind these examples is that you, as a teacher, will be able to see how designing your Canvas course room in an effective way can help with navigating the course and improve student experience. A long-term goal is that Canvas will be used in similar ways in most courses. This is because of feedback from the Student Union at KTH saying that students find it very confusing when they have to relearn Canvas every time they start a new course. Students want a more uniform use of Canvas in all courses. 

Note! These courses may not follow all the E-learning recommendations in detail, but make up inspirational examples of structure according to what we have listed below each course room. 

Remember to create an easy-to-use navigation

The navigation is one of the most important aspects of creating a course room. The structure of your course room will determine how the students will go through the material. It is also important that the design is based on the target group, prerequisites and the specific subject. 

Uniform course design is also a big factor in successful use of Canvas in educational settings. Learning is often dependent on how the different functions interact with other elements of the course, such as assignments, activities, tools, resources etc.

The example course rooms

The selection is partly based on an evaluation of Canvas course rooms made in the spring of 2020 and partly on considerations from the Student Union at KTH.

Note: The example course rooms are copies of the original course rooms. This means that they are not active course rooms, so participants, assignments etc. cannot be viewed. 

Example 1: Modules instead of Home page

DD2350 example course room: Algoritmer, datastrukturer och komplexitet (Canvas, Swedish)

  • The course has a good structure and is easy to navigate.
  • A good overview with clear module names, which makes the module navigation easier. 
  • Detailed schedule with all course activities listed in chronological order
  • Only a few functions shown in the course navigation menu, which makes it easier for students to navigate in the course room and for you as a teacher to maintain a pedagogical focus in your course. 

Example 2: The home page introduces and modules give structure

SF1625 example course room: Envariabelanalys (Canvas, Swedish)

  • A lot of material is gathered on a very straight forward home page and the content is presented in a simple and clear way.
  • The content and structure of the modules and the course structure is clearly explained on the home page
  • The content of the modules is presented with the help of short videos which creates a great easy-to-understand structure.
  • Very few visible functions in the course navigation menu.
  • This is a big course but the layout works for smaller courses as well. 

Example 3: Home page, modules and syllabus

AG2805 example course room: Sustainable Planning and Design (Canvas)

  • Modules are used in a way that creates a good structure
  • Students get a good overview with the help of numbered modules split up based on different parts of the course. 
  • Clear information on the home page to guide students.
  • The syllabus function is used to show the course summary with all activities and assignments in the course. 

Example 4: Home page and themed modules

MH1023 example course room: Praktiskt jämställdhets- och mångfaldsarbete i vetenskapliga, tekniska och industriella miljöer (Canvas, Swedish)

  • Only a few functions shown in the course navigation menu, which makes it easier for students to navigate in the course room and for you as a teacher to maintain a pedagogical focus in your course.
  • A good and informative home page which covers intended learning outcomes, course content etc. 
  • The content of the modules has clear names and a thematic breakdown makes the Modules section easy to navigate. 
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