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


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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 @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.

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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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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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