Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Canvas module templates

Using a School-approved Canvas module template is part of the University of Sussex Online Learning Baseline. Learn about Canvas module templates: what are they and how can you apply a template to your module?

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Canvas module templates are a collection of template Canvas pages and module settings for your module site. The content of the templates are agreed by schools and it is compulsory that a school approved template is used for all modules.

The templates are designed to ensure:

  • all necessary information is clearly available in your module site
  • there is consistency for students studying across different modules and Schools
  • module sites are accessible to all

Your schools will be making decisions about their approach to templating of modules. This will be coordinated by the schools' Director's of Teaching and Learning.

The schools have advised that the following templates have been approved:

To apply a module template see the next section, 'How to apply a module template'.

Note: Do not apply a template if you intend to rollover from a module that has already applied a 20/21 School template

To apply a template:

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Click on the Commons link in the Global navigation menu.
  3. If this is the first time you have used Commons, click ‘Authorise’ to provide Commons with access to your account.
  4. Click ‘Filter’ at the top right of the screen and select ‘Only University of Sussex Approved Resources’.
  5. Search for the name of the template you want to use (e.g. the name of your School)
  6. Click on the title of the template.
  7. Click ‘Import/Download’.
  8. Click the tick box next to the module you wish to import the template into (do not click ‘All’).
  9. Click the ‘Import into course’ button
  10. Return to the Canvas module by navigating to your Dashboard.

After importing the template, you will find further guidance within the template files to help you edit it and add your module content.

For a full guide to setting up your new module including importing module content, please see our guide to setting up your module guide to setting up your Canvas module.

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