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2020 Course Design Essentials: Event Launch & Giveaway

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2020 Course Design Essentials  

Monthly Canvas Community Event Launch

The Canvas Instructional Design Team is launching our 2020 Course Design Essentials monthly event. These events will include blog posts, live events, free design assets, how-to screencasts, and tips and tricks that focus on Canvas course design fundamentals to help you elevate your course design. 

Who Are We?

We are Instructure’s Instructional Design Team! More specifically, we are  @kristen_anderse ,  @tiffany_foster ,  @mmetallo , laurie.norris, Deactivated user, and  @psanchez1 . Between the six of us, we have over 36 years of Canvas experience! Within Canvas, we have been students, teachers, admins, trainers, and instructional designers. We have created fully-online, hybrid/blended and face-to-face courses for learners ranging from preschool through post-secondary and everything in between.

Why Are We Launching This Event?

We utilize the Canvas Community on a regular basis to position instructional design resources! We understand the impact and power of the Instructional Designers space within the Community and want to give back. We are excited to collaborate and share tips and tricks about our Canvas Design Best Practices. 

Button Samples

January Teacher Appreciation Event: Seasonal Home Page Button Giveaway

For January’s event, we have created free, seasonal-themed home page button images for your course! You can choose from photography or illustration-based designs. Just like changing a bulletin board in your classroom to reflect a season change, you can update the design of your Canvas home page buttons. Be sure to check back in the Community in the coming months for other seasonal button sets. 

Each of the buttons can lead to course essential topics: Learning Modules, Resource Materials, Question Forum, and Teacher Contact Information. Link your buttons to relevant materials in your course to give your students easy access to commonly needed materials. 

Button Preview

January Home Page Button Preview

Button Access

Button Installation

  1. Select the link above to download the button PNG files. 
  2. Upload the button image files to your Canvas Course Home Page and insert ALT tag to ensure accessibility. 
    1. Canvas Guide: How do I insert course images into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instruct...
  3. Select each button to link to the appropriate course content while still editing the page.
    1. Canvas Guide: How do I insert links to course content into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as a...
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Test your new buttons to ensure links are functional. 
  6. Enjoy! 

Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!


Our Instructional Design team offers templates, consultation, badging services, course evaluations, workshops, and more. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Sallie Michalsky, Senior Manager of Content Services

Community Champion

This is great! I love the idea of changing course buttons for the season like a bulletin board. Can't wait to see what else you all have in store with this new monthly event!

Community Coach
Community Coach

This is awesome! Thank you!

I send folks to your group all the time, and regularly share questions to your group. Over the years I have seen you help so many folks, and your resources have often helped me. So I am not sure why you felt the need to give anymore, but I suspect that is just the way your are.

Thank you yet again.



Thank you for the kind words and support,  @kmeeusen ‌! It brings us so much pleasure to know we have (in some small way) helped to support our Canvas friends. 


Thanks,  @audra_agnelly ‌! We are super excited about the opportunity to contribute to the Community/Instructional Design space. Please keep an eye out for our next post in February. Smiley Happy

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

This is fantastic!  I'll definitely be following this space and thank you!

Community Participant

Thank you @lphilips for sharing these resources. I have created some buttons, inspired by your designs, for some secondary course templates we are working on for our 2021 academic year.



Assessment links to a module with formal course assessments (assignments) and subject resources also links to a module. Ask a Question links to a discussion. 

Here are the Illustrator files for anyone who would like to customise these buttons for their course.