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franke
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Template for Canvas Homepage?

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Now that the Canvas Announcements feature shows announcements on the home page (which we love by the way!), we're starting to rethink our old home page template that we use in every course.  I was wondering if anyone had any new designs they are using that they'd be willing to share?  I've attached a demo of what we currently do.  We're looking to have the instructor's contact info somewhere on the page as well, but we'd like to keep the course navigation box.  stefaniesanders your blog post (https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2015/04/16/creating-an-inviting-course-home-pa... ) helped us immensely coming up with ideas for the home page in the past.  Are you using Announcements feature at all now? Does anyone have anything that they are using with success?  current homepage template

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jlstalke
Community Participant

We also have a course home page template and I am excited to see what others are doing.  Here is our template:

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Shar
Community Champion

Hi Emily,

We also like the Front page announcements. Here's one of our front page designs that has a larger lesson navigation area than yours but the idea is the same. Each mini card leads to the specific week on the Modules page.

  • About Course is sometimes called Start Here but either way leads to the Course Overview.
  • Resources contains information about the syllabus and textbook.
  • Study Hall Cafe is the pinned general discussion.
  • Teaching Team contains the instructor contact information; when there is no TA, that link is called Instructor.

Front Page of Shar

We've got some custom CSS involved suppressing the underlines on those links otherwise the whole page would show up too underlined. Smiley Wink

Cheers - Shar

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jlstalke
Community Participant

We also have a course home page template and I am excited to see what others are doing.  Here is our template:

215997_pastedImage_1.png

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Shar
Community Champion

Hi Emily,

We also like the Front page announcements. Here's one of our front page designs that has a larger lesson navigation area than yours but the idea is the same. Each mini card leads to the specific week on the Modules page.

  • About Course is sometimes called Start Here but either way leads to the Course Overview.
  • Resources contains information about the syllabus and textbook.
  • Study Hall Cafe is the pinned general discussion.
  • Teaching Team contains the instructor contact information; when there is no TA, that link is called Instructor.

Front Page of Shar

We've got some custom CSS involved suppressing the underlines on those links otherwise the whole page would show up too underlined. Smiley Wink

Cheers - Shar

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Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

 @franke , I'm not currently teaching. If I were, I'd join you in rethinking how I configure my course home page in light of the new announcements feature, because I have always used the Syllabus page as my course home page; currently, the announcements feature can only be used on a page of one's own design.

awilliams
Instructure
Instructure

We are using Certified Partner - Cidi Labs‌ Design Tools for our course design and template management. Here's an example of one of our courses that is using that as well as the new announcements on homepage feature.

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cathyw
Community Member

Can I ask how you created the template? or was it one that can be downloaded?

jlstalke
Community Participant

We actually made the page first.  Then I took a snip of it and pasted it into Word.  I then added the instructional arrows.

We wanted our students to have a familiar feel when they swapped from class to class and we wanted them to know where to find all of their teachers' contact information.

franke
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Thanks awilliamsI like this homepage design.  With the image, does that change depending on the course or do you always use the same one?  Never heard of Cidi Labs, will have to check them out.

elearning
Community Member

This is a little late... but we have a selection of banners to pick from, have added ones that are specific to our area, and there is also an option to use whatever you like.

Brilliant idea  @jlstalke . I guess for K-12 it needs to be more image linked?