Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Canvas module setup

Please refer to the Online Learning Baseline, Academic Year 2020/21 for details of the requirements for Canvas modules

Have you applied your School approved template and imported any relevant content? 

All 21/22 modules will require you to have applied the respective School approved template to them. 

For guidance on applying a template please see the respective School's template guidance page: 

Is your home page set up correctly? 

The template home page should be the front page. Guidance on setting a module home page.

Is your navigation menu customised to ensure any unessential menu items are hidden?

This Guide to the Module Menu will help you identify which items you want to be visible to students. Guidance on managing Navigation links.

Do you have a shared space for students to post questions?

This could be a Canvas discussion, a moderated Canvas chat or use a tool such as Padlet. Guidance on Canvas Discussion and Chat shared spaces.

Is your online reading list on Talis Aspire set up? 

Every taught module is required to use an online reading list on Talis Aspire.  Training for this is provided by the reading list team in the Library & can be booked via email:  Alternatively you can use the Library reading list guide for information about getting started, structuring your list and using Ebooks.  There is also specific advice about checking the link to your reading list in your Canvas module

Have you provided information about any module-specific software?

If specific software is required for the module, this must be clear to students. Refer to the Online Learning Baseline for details of what information is needed.

Have you added a module image?.
A unique image on the module ‘card’ on the Dashboard can help students identify the module. Guidance on adding a dashboard card image.

Have you recorded and uploaded a short introductory video?

An introductory video by the module convenor can help establish an initial virtual presence. Guidance on recording with Panopto, Guidance on embedding a Panopto recording.

Do all your week/topics have meaningful headers?

Each week or topic page should have a descriptive heading, e.g. Week 1: Principles of Online Learning.

Have you outlined the focus for each week/topic?

Every week or topic page should have an outline of the key elements. Refer to the Online Learning Baseline for details of what information is needed.

Has your content been segmented/compressed to enhance access and engagement?

Larger files and longer videos can present accessibility challenges for students; these should be provided as several smaller files where possible or compressed. Guidance on compressing files:  Windows, Mac.

Have any of last year’s e-submission assignments rolled over?

New Canvas Turnitin and Canvas Online assignments will be created automatically from the Sussex database early in the academic year. Any of last year’s e-submission assignments that have rolled over must be unpublished or deleted.

Are all dates and times updated for the next academic year?

If you have added dates and times for sessions, office hours etc. these may need updating for the new academic year.

Are all the information pages within your template filled in?

Ensure your module information page is filled in and if there are gaps for adding module documents, tutor contact details etc. don’t forget to fill these in and link to any relevant files. For more on how to edit a Page see How do I edit a page in a course (module)?

Do you want to copy any Panopto recordings from last year?

If you want to use a recording from last year, we recommend you make a copy of the recording and move it to the folder for this year's module. This will ensure that it is visible to students in the Panopto Recordings area of the module. Follow Panopto's guidance on how to copy and move recordings. You can learn more about managing recordings on our Panopto pages.

Have you updated your online Reading List?

The Library have guidance on creating and editing reading lists and support or training is available by contacting

Have you checked all content is accessible?

Follow the guidance on the Sussex Digital Accessibility toolkit.

Do all your images and documents meet copyright requirements? 

Ensure all images and documents meet the correct copyright requirements, Guidance on copyright

Are all required resources available to international students?

Not all websites are available internationally (e.g. YouTube is blocked within mainland China). Ensure essential resources are accessible to all your students or provide an alternative.

Have you checked for broken links and embedded resources?

Canvas can check your module for broken links; guidance on validating links. Any embedded resources must be checked manually.

The last step is to make your module site visible to students. Before you do that it is worth checking that the Units and Items within your module that you want students to see have also been published. In this example the Unit is unpublished so students will not see any of the items within it.

An example of an unpublished Unit within a Canvas module.

When you publish the Unit (by clicking the ‘no entry’ icon at the top of the unit) any published items within the Unit will become visible.

Now you are ready to make your module site visible to students. To do this, go to Home and on the right of the screen you will see Module status. Click the Publish button, which will then turn green and show the status as Published.

An example of a Canvas module that is currently unpublished.An unpublished module

An example of a Canvas module that is currently published.A published module

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