Organize Your Course

 

This page focuses on how to add and organize content using Canvas Modules. You can use Modules to organize your course chronologically or thematically. To begin you may choose to import a template course shell or begin from scratch by creating a Module. If you have any questions about the import process, please contact XCITE.

 

Import the Course Shell (with Template Pages)
Import Template Course Shell

This Template Course Shell has been built to quality standards and reflects effective online learning practices. This Shell is meant to serve as a guide and should be customized to meet your particular needs.

Download the Template Course Shell Here (You must be signed into R'Mail to access)

Instructions:
  1. Download Canvas Course Package as a .imscc file.
  2. Navigate to the course that you wish to import the template.
  3. Follow these instructions on how to complete the import into Canvas.
  4. When making edits in the course shell, note that materials highlighted in yellow are for your reference and guidance (see the screenshot below). Review and replace these highlighted sections as you prepare for your course.
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Create a Module

Modules are essentially one-level folders that provide course structure by chunking content. Modules create a clear path for students to work through the course material.

Instructions

To create a new, empty module:

  1. In left-hand Course Navigation, click the Modules link
  2. Click the +Module button
  3. Enter a title for the new Module and click the Add Module button
  4. Repeat steps to create additional modules

To add items to Modules:

  1. Click the + button in the Module
  2. Select the type of item you would like to add to the Module from the dropdown menu
  3. If you have already created the item you would like to add, you can choose it from the menu below. Otherwise, you can create the desired item by giving it a name
  4. Click Add Item

If you created a module and want to repeat the structure of that Module (e.g., Introduction, Lecture, Resources, Discussion), you can duplicate that module:

  1. Click the vertical ellipsis on the top right of the Module you wan to duplicate
  2. Click Duplicate
  3. Retitle the pages and assignments appropriately for the new module
  4. Repeat steps to create additional modules with the same structure and template pages
     
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Create a Page

The Pages tool enables you to create custom web pages within your Canvas course. You can use pages to add text, video, links and can also be a wiki tool.

Instructions

To create a new/blank page:

  1. In left-hand Course Navigation, click the Modules link.
  2. Click the  +  button in the Module where you want to place the new page.
  3. Select Page in the dropdown menu and choose the Create Page option.
  4. Give the page a name.
    • The name will also serve as the header of the page.
  5. Click the Add Item button.
  6. Click on the page's title back on the Module page then click the Edit button.
    • Use the Rich Content Editor to add content to the page.

Detailed step-by-step instructions: Create a New Page in a Course (text-based instructions)

To duplicate a page:

  1. Go to Modules
  2. Click the vertical ellipses button on the right of the page you want to duplicate
  3. Click Duplicate
  4. Retitle the Page appropriately
Adding Lecture Videos with YuJa

Media uploaded or imported into the YuJa Cloud can be added directly into multiple areas of Canvas using the Yuja Media Chooser.

Accessing the YuJa Media Chooser
  1. In your Canvas course, click Edit on the page (or discussion, announcement, etc.) in which you want to embed your lecture video. Find the Apps icon on the toolbar.
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  2. Search for the Yuja App. Once you have used the Yuja app, it will appear in the drop-down menu next to the Apps icon.
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  3. Click on the desired video from the YuJa Media Chooser Library. You can also search for your media using the search dialog.
    Yuja Media Chooser
  4. Complete the post as desired and post to Canvas.

For help, see this YuJa KB article, call 1-888-257-2278 or email support@yuja.com

Create an Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz

Just like creating pages, you can create assignments in the modules.

Instructions

To create a new/blank item, go to Modules:

  1. Click the + button in the module where you want to place the new page.
  2. Click on the dropdown list on the next window.
  3. Click on the Assignment, Quiz, or Discussion option.
  4. Click on the New option.
  5. Give the item a name.
    • The name will also serve as the header of the page.
  6. Click the Add Item button.
  7. Click on the title back on the Module.
  8. Click the Edit button.
    • Use the Rich Content Editor to add content. Make sure to put in the points and submission type.

Detailed step-by-step instructions: How do I add or edit assignment details? (text-based instructions)

To duplicate an assignment, quiz, or discussion, go to Modules:

  1. Click the vertical ellipses button on the right of the item you want to duplicate.
  2. Click Duplicate.
  3. Retitle the item appropriately.
 
Gradebook and Assignments

To create a column in the Gradebook, you will first create a graded assignment, graded quiz, or graded discussion. To create a grade column for attendance, participation, in-class exams, or on-paper essays, follow the instructions below.

Instructions

In your Canvas course:

  1. Go to your Modules page (may also be your course homepage).
  2. Click the + button in the Module where you want to place the new assignment.
  3. Click on the dropdown list on the next window and select the Assignment option.
  4. Click on the New Assignment option.
  5. Give the assignment a name
    • The name will also serve as the header of the assignment details page.
  6. Click the Add Item button.
  7. Click on the assignment's title back on the Module page.
  8. Click the Edit button.
  9. Enter assignment details, such as:
    • A description
    • Assignment's value in points
  10. Click on the Submission Type dropdown menu, and select:
    • No Submission - for attendance, participation, and other intangibles students are being graded on, or
    • On Paper - for in-class exams or activities, and paper-based essays/reports.
  11. Enter assignees and due date
  12. You can add multiple due dates by using the +Add option - useful for assigning to different sections or for students who need an extension.
  13. The Available from and Until options control how early and late students can submit an assignment.
  14. When done entering details, click either:
    • Save - if you're not ready to make visible to students
    • Save & Publish - if you're ready to make the assignment available to students

Detailed step-by-step instructions: How do I add or edit assignment details? (text-based instructions)

Publish!

Students cannot access files, assignments, pages, modules, etc., until you publish those items. First, publish your modules, and, then, publish your course.

Instructions

  1. On the Modules page, click on the slashed circle icon to the right of each module title.
    • Slashed circles should convert to green circles with a white checkmark, indicating that the Module AND all its items are visible to students.
    • Unpublish any item by clicking on the item's green circle icon.
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  2. From the right-hand of your course's home page, click the Publish button underneath Course Status.
    • The course will be queued for visibility starting on the official first day of instruction, unless you customized your start and end dates.
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Detailed step-by-step instructions: Publish a Course (text-based instructions)

Export Your Grades to IGrade

Once your course has ended, instructors must submit grades via iGrade.

For detailed step-by-step instructions see this Knowledge Base article.

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Top 10 Tips for Professors Back in the Classroom

Setting Up Your Classroom:

1.     Set up Canvas for the classroom by uploading your syllabus and other introductory information to the main page for your lecture. Learn more here: canvas.ucr.edu/

2.     On iLearn, post an announcement directing students to canvas, so that they know where to find classroom information.

3.     Set up zoom rooms in case online learning is required and include that information on the syllabus. Make sure your zoom rooms are secure and that you and your TA’s have licensed accounts. Learn more here: teaching.ucr.edu/tools#zoom

Encouraging Student Engagement Outside of the Classroom:

4.     Consider using Piazza on Canvas to encourage discourse between students and answer common questions all in one place.

5.     Consider using online quizzes and assignments to streamline test-taking and grading.

6.     Use Turnitin and Gradescope to provide consistent and automated grades and feedback. Learn more here: canvas.ucr.edu/tools

7.     Promote the use of these online tools by students—consider making frequent assignments on Canvas that will encourage students to log on every few days.

Getting Additional Support:

8.     Make sure your TA’s are aware of resources available on teaching.ucr.edu and that they have access to the lecture and discussion section canvas pages.

9.     Access tech support for each of the above online tools here: teaching.ucr.edu/support#request

10.  Need additional tech support? Contact us at:  BearHelp@ucr.edu

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