I'm having trouble imaging how to organize my Canvas for my elementary students. I currently have a course for each subject, but I heard I should develop modules too? This is overwhelming!
Laurie, Welcome to Canvas! I'm going to share this with the K-12 group in the Community to see if they can offer some support, but I also recommend checking out these example K12 courses - Example K12 Courses - and these getting started resources - Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor.
In addition, here are two great posts to check out: How to use canvas with 5-7 year old children? & Young student users
And last, there are two InstructureCon presentations that look like they fit with what you are looking for - Happy Little Campers: Elementary Course Design & Canvas in Elementary School? Yes, You Can!. Even if you aren't attending InstructureCon you could still contact the presenters to see if they are willing to share any of their resources AND all presentations are recorded and made available for free after the conference!
Hope this helps and definitely let us know if you have any additional questions!
Hi Laurie Boykin,
Having multiple courses is going to be different depending on what you're teaching. For example, if you're a homeroom teacher, say 4th grade, you might want just 1 course. But if you're a specials teacher (e.g. Art) you might want a course for each class of students (3rd Art, 4th Art, 5th Art).
Within the course you don't need to have modules, but they will likely be extremely helpful for both you and your students to conceptualize the course and add some logic/structure to it. I would say that most people structure their modules one of two ways: week-by-week or by unit/topic. Personally, I used unit/topic when I taught because I didn't have to move stuff around if we got off-schedule, but I know a number of teachers that used a module for each week of their course.
Within the module you simply add the resources and activities that you will be covering (either that week or within that unit). Personally, I kept my unit guides in the module, and unpublished so the students couldn't see it, but I could.
It can be overwhelming getting started. Judging by the date of your post I assume you are well under way.
But your query might have caught the attention of others.
One course for each class works well with K-6.
Here's a series of screenshots from a template we are using starting with the home page. There are a few groovy templates in Commons ( Guides: Commons) also.
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