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Recommendations and good examples of course design in Canvas

This is a compilation of KTH’s recommendations for how to use and design your Canvas course room to get the best results, ensure quality and a good student experience using Canvas. You will also find good examples of course rooms, created by teachers at KTH.

Have a colleague test the clarity of your course room structure

To ensure you are as clear as possible, ask a colleague to look through your Canvas course room. It should be clear where to find:

  • Assignments and other course materials
  • Course information
  • Contact information
  • Other things you will share in the course room.

Remember to also check how your course room looks in Canvas on your phone, since many students use the Canvas phone app to follow the course.

Tips when working with your course room

Here you will find various tips that you can use when working with your course room in Canvas.

Tips when working with your course room in Canvas


A sandbox is an empty Canvas room where you as a teacher can try out different things and functions in Canvas without it affecting any students. The sandbox is your individual room and is useful for developing your course, as you easily can move the completed work to another room in Canvas.


Checklists for course design in canvas

To make it easier for you we have created checklists that integrate the E-learning recommendations for course design in Canvas.

KTH's templates for Canvas rooms

To make it easier for students to navigate in Canvas rooms and to help teachers to more quickly arrange a structure in the rooms in Canvas, Canvas rooms are prepared with different templates. On these pages, you can read more about KTH's different templates and how to access them.

Recommended ways to communicate in Canvas

To facilitate the spreading of information to students, E-learning recommends using the Canvas tools "Announcements" and "Inbox", especially for one-way communication. Here we explain the differences in usage between them and why you should avoid email lists.

Recommended ways to communicate in Canvas

Following the students through the course

You can follow the students’ implementation in the course in several ways. Here you will find a summary of the functions that you can use for course follow-up. We have divided the functions in three different areas: Monitoring learning progress, interact with students, and overview of the course.

Following the students through the course

Course and examination rooms to be inspired by

Do you need inspiration for your work with Canvas? We have listed four course rooms and three examination rooms created by KTH teachers that are exceptionally well designed. You can also search through all the open course rooms at KTH for inspiration.

Restore course content

When changes in course content go wrong, courses accidentally gets reset or course materials are deleted, there are ways to restore and undo changes in Canvas. You can do a lot yourself, but more complicated recoveries require the involvement of IT support.

Restore and recover course content in Canvas