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Canvas course design

There are different ways for you as a teacher to create good conditions for the learning environment and for teamwork and interaction to be developed in the virtual classroom. Below are some tips to help you work in Canvas.

Closeness in digital learning environment

Introduce yourself

Good examples

Do you need inspiration in working with Canvas? We have listed four course rooms that KTH teachers have created and that have particularly good course design. Read more about course rooms as good examples to be inspired by

In the first week of the course, you can welcome and greet the students and introduce yourself through a post (feel free to make it personal). Choose a profile picture for your account (instead of the anonymous grey profile picture) and encourage students to do the same.

Start Page

Create a “Start Page” for the first week of the course (which you will replace later, for example with “Modules”). On the start page, you can welcome and greet the students and write a few words about the start of the course and yourself. Learn more about Pages in Canvas (Canvas@KTH) .

Create a discussion forum

This tip is best suited to smaller courses, especially at the beginning if the students will meet the same teacher several times: Create a discussion forum for the students and ask them to briefly introduce themselves. Do it as early as possible, preferably in the first week of the course. They may be able to answer regarding the expectations they have for the course, why they have enrolled in the course, their relationship to the subject, etc. In addition to their own posts, you can also ask them to respond to a post by someone else. This type of activity can often provide a good basis for interaction and social initiatives and discussions later in the course.

Add a discussion forum in which students can ask questions and answer for each other regarding information, whether they need someone to study with, share tips on related literature, etc. Learn more about discussion forum in Canvas (Canvas@KTH) .

Be clear about your approach

Go through how you have set up your course room in Canvas, where the students will find assignments, information and other things that you will share in the course rooms. Also make sure your course room looks the way you expect when accessing it from a smartphone because many students will follow the course on a phone and app instead of a computer. More tips good to know when creating your course room can be found on the "Beginning-of-course Checklist for teachers"  page.

Think about accessibility

When working with your course room in Canvas and in the text editor (Rich Content editor) there is a button available to quickly read whether the page and your content are available.
Read more about Canvas Accessibility Checker (external page in English, Canvas Community) .Aviod having long pages of text, create subpages. Do not upload files unnecessarily. When uploading files use a file format that is available to everyone for example PDF which is accessibility-adapted (not scanned). See more Accessibility tips  and the page Accessible web content at ITM  under the heading "If you are a teacher and work in Canvas".

Flipped Classroom with Canvas

Read more about how you as a teacher can implement the Flipped Classroom method with videos and quizzes in Canvas using the tools KTH supports. Get started with Flipped classroom in Canvas .

Inspiration and tips

At this Lunch 'n' Learn seminar , KTH-teachers Johan Berg and Nihad Subasic talked about how they have designed their course rooms in Canvas. 

Video: "Teacher stories - Educational solutions in Canvas" (on YouTube, video in Swedish)


Would you like to know more about course design and how you can work in KTH's learning platforms?
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Last changed: Nov 23, 2020