Canvas: Use a Template
When creating a course site from scratch, or transitioning an existing Moodle site to Canvas, using a template can be a good way to get a course site up and running quickly and efficiently. Think of a template as a pre-built framework for how to structure a course site and what elements to include.
Note: If you are going to use a template, it must be applied before you start cleaning up your site.
- Step 1: Review/Explore the campus templates
- Step 2: Import the template into your course site
- Step 3: Add content to your course site
- University of Minnesota Canvas Templates
Review the campus templates table below to see if your unit or campus has already provided a template for your use. Some units require their instructors to use their designated templates.
If you don't see your unit below you are welcome to use the UMN-ATSS templates. You can explore the templates by clicking on the associated link in the 'Canvas Template Site' column. Some sites include links in the 'Template Site with Example Content' column; these represent what a site would look like with content.
Once you find a template you would like to use, you will need to search for it in Canvas Commons using the search terms listed in the table below and then import it into your course site.
If you are not required by your college or unit to use a specific template you can also find and use any public templates available on Canvas Commons.
Canvas Commons is a great resource for templates and other content items that you can import into your course. Here is a detailed document that explains more about How to use Canvas Commons.
|Unit Name||Required?||Canvas Commons Search Term||Link to Canvas Template Site||Template Site with Example Content|
|UMN-ATSS Face-to-Face||N/A||UMN Repository Template||UMN-ATSS Face-to-Face Canvas Template Site||UMN Repository Example|
|UMN-ATSS Hybrid||N/A||UMN Hybrid Course Template||UMN-ATSS Hybrid Canvas Template Site||UMN Hybrid Example Canvas Course|
|UMN-ATSS Online||N/A||UMN Fully Online Template||UMN Online Canvas Template Site||UMN Fully Online Example Course|
|CBS||CBS starts all courses with template||CBS Home Page Course Template||CBS Home Page Course Template Site||N/A|
|CEHD||Recommended - refer to CEHD support page for instructors for assistance||CEHD Course Template||CEHD Course Template||CEHD Canvas Template Blank Example|
|CLA||Most courses start with a CLA template||CLA Template||CLA Template (must be logged into Canvas to access)||N/A|
|CSOM||Recommended- contact [email protected] for assistance||CSOM Example Canvas Site||CSOM Template Guidance Site||N/A|
|CSPH||Required||CSPH Full Semester Template (2020)||Center for Spirituality and Healing Template Site (must be logged into Canvas to access)||N/A|
|CCAPS||Required||CCAPS ATD Template||CCAPS ATD Template Site||N/A|
|SPH||Recommended- contact School of Public Health Office of E-Learning Services for assistance: [email protected]||
UMN SPH In-Person Basic
|UMN SPH In-Person Basic Course Template||N/A|
|UMN Duluth||Recommended- contact the ITSS Course Design team for assistance||UMD Template||UMD Simple Canvas Course Template||N/A|
|UMN Morris||Recommended||Canvas Course Template - Spring 2018 Morris||UMN Morris Canvas Template Site||N/A|
|HHH||Contact Humphrey School Instructional Design Team for assistance||Humphrey School: Canvas Site Template||Humphrey School Canvas Template Site||N/A|