KTH's course room template in Canvas
As an aid for teachers to get started to create their courses in Canvas, there is a ready-made course room template. The template contains many recommended settings for course rooms and contains instructions in a README page. You can download the template in Swedish from Canvas Commons. Some editing of the template is required before you fill it with course material.
Easy to do right with the course room template
The KTH template is designed to simplify for teachers and students, to make it easy to do the right thing. We want to simplify the use of Canvas and encourage the use of Canvas' more pedagogically oriented parts.
The template also contains recommendations for how the course room can be structured and information on where you as a teacher can find tips and support about Canvas. It also has several recommended settings that are missing in the empty course rooms.
Get the Swedish version from Canvas Commons
All course rooms in Canvas have the English version of the KTH's course room template as a basis, due to technical reasons. You can download the Swedish version of the template from Canvas Commons, it is called “KTH Template Course room sv.” If you give a course in Swedish and do not use the Swedish course room template, you should change the language to Swedish by going to settings in the Canvas room.
Read more about how to Download a template from Canvas Commons .
Content of the course room template
In the following list you will fins the template's settings and created content. As all course rooms are created automatically 6 months in advance, the list can differ slightly from reality.
- Course navigation is limited to the most important functions for students. The rest are hidden from students to simplify the course navigation.. The features shown are:
- “Home”, to welcome your students to the course.
- “Syllabus”, to link to the course PM.
- “Modules”, to give the course a structure that is easy to navigate.
- “Announcements”, to let you as a teacher communicate information to everyone in the course at the same time.
- “People”, to give students access to the group functions.
- “Assignments”, for students to be able to find their course assignments (should be hidden if you link the assignments in modules instead).
- “Grades”, for students to see their grades for every assignment in the course.
- The Home page contains a short explanation of the template and a suggestion for the appearance of the Home page.
- Syllabus has the search window for "Course and programme directory" embedded (can be edited to "About course" for your course).
- Modules contain
- A README page with a brief explanation of the template and links to useful resources.
- Suggestions for a course information module.
- Example of how you can structure a module.
- An announcement is created to show how they are presented if they are chosen to be shown on the “Home” page. The announcement includes information on how to activate and deactivate the function.
- Settings for course and the grade overview
- “Manually Post Grades” is chosen so that grades for students are posted at the same time, when you as a teacher chooses to do so.
- Course grading scheme is activated and set to the standard of KTH.
- "Hide totals in student grades summary" is pre-selected so that no incorrect grade is communicated to the students.
Manage the course room template before constructing the course
To get started with your course, you should first go through the following steps:
- Edit the templates for the start page, announcements and syllabus. They come with template text in italics that you should remove.
- Manage the course grading scheme. More information are on the page Letter grades and grading schemes .
- Add your course material.
- Publish the material and the course room.
- Review with the Student View.
This is explained in more detail in the checklist Before the start of the course – checklist for Canvas .