A Canvas Template has been designed to help faculty create a course space efficiently. It supports various types of instructional modes (hybrid, flipped, synchronous or asynchronous online) to meet your teaching goals. Please scroll down to learn how to utilize this template and to view the download instructions. 



Downloading and Importing the Template

Follow these step-by-step instructions to import the template into a Canvas Sandbox. You can then choose the sections of the template you would like to import into your course. **Note: We DO NOT recommend importing the entire template into an existing course with developed content. It is best to import the template into an empty course shell .

10 Week Template 
View the Template | Download the Canvas Template

5 Week Template
View the Template | Download the Canvas Template

**Note: We DO NOT recommend importing the entire template into an existing course with developed content. It is best to import the template into an empty course shell or Canvas Sandbox.

Import the Canvas Course Template

  1. Use the links above to download the appropriate Canvas Template Export File. The file is in .imscc format (Do not try to open this file).
  2. Go to JI Canvas and log in with your JAccount
  3. Enter the Canvas Course and click on the “Settings” tab in the left side menu.
  4. Click on the “Import Course Content” link on the right side menu.
  5. For Content Type, select “Canvas Course Export Package” in the drop down menu
  6. Then browse for the .imscc file that you downloaded in Step 1
  7. For Content, select “All Content”
  8. Click the “Import” button. The process may take a few minutes to complete.
  9. The template is now imported into your Canvas Course

If you would like to import only sections of the template into your Canvas Course follow the instructions in the next section.

It is recommended to first import the Canvas Course template into a Canvas Course before importing specific content into your Canvas Course. Follow the instructions in the section above to import the template into a Canvas Course before proceeding with the instructions in this section.

Import Specific Content from the Canvas Course Template to your Canvas Course

  1. Follow the directions in the section above to import the Canvas template into a Canvas Course
  2. Go to the Settings section of your Canvas Course
  3. On the right side menu click on “Import Course Content”
  4. For Content Type select “Copy a Canvas Course”
  5. For Search for a Course, Select the Canvas Sandbox that you imported the course template into
  6. For Content: “Select Specific Content”
  7. Click “Import”
  8. A blue button will appear that says “Select Content”
  9. Select the specific content you want to import from the template to your course and click “Import”
Best Practices in using the Template

We recommend you to view the Canvas template (10-Week | 5-Week) before downloading and importing it to your Canvas course space. Please expand each section below to learn about the different tools and resources that you can find in the template. All of the components listed below can be accessed by going to the Modules section of the Canvas Course Template.


This section contains links to useful resources for setting up an accessible syllabus, teaching and learning resources, links to technology support and visual design tools. The syllabus template (in Microsoft Word format) in this section is set up to be accessible so you can use this template for your syllabus. It also contains sample verbiage that you can copy and paste into your syllabus. Please make sure to keep this module unpublished, or delete this section before you publish the course for your students.

This section contains all of the different Canvas Page Templates that can be used and modified for your course:

  • Three Homepage Designs: Choose between a Module Navigation Design, Weekly Navigation Design, and a more Flexible Navigation Design.
  • Office Hours Page: A page dedicated to office hours for you and your TAs.
  • Getting Started Page: A page with resources for how students should get started with your course. This can be part of a Getting Started Module or stand alone and be linked to the “Start” button on the homepage.
  • Weekly Roadmap: A sample weekly roadmap page that can be used at the beginning of each week or module to orient students on what to expect and accomplish each week.
  • Readings & Other Materials: A page dedicated to weekly readings and other learning content. This type of page is useful when you have a large amount of learning content or would like to attach guided questions or activities to go with the learning content.
  • Lecture Videos: A page where you can embed all of your lecture videos. This page requires use of HTML to replace the Yuja video links. If you need help modifying this page, please contact an instructional designer.

To learn how to edit the components in each of these pages, scroll down to the “Editing the Template” section of this webpage.

This is a sample Week 0 or Getting Started Module that you can include in your course to get students ready for taking your course. You can link this module to the “Start” button on your homepage so students know to complete this first. Items that you may want to consider adding in the Getting Started Module include:

  • How to Get Started Page
  • Course Syllabus
  • Student Meet and Greet / Introductions / Icebreaker Discussion Board
  • Office Hours Page
  • About the Instructor Page
  • Pre-Course Surveys: 
    • What are your Learning Expectations Survey: Instructors are encouraged to be mindful of how we can help all students succeed. One of the best ways to learn what your students need is to ask them. This survey helps instructors learn more about their students’ learning needs and ways in which we can preemptively prepare them for your course and help them succeed.

There are Sample Modules in this template to give you an idea of how you may consider structuring your course modules:

  • Sample Week 0 or Student Orientation Module: An example of a module to help students get started with the course. Other ideas to include in this module include: Course Policies, Instructor/TA Introductions, Icebreaker Discussion Board, General Q&A Discussion Board, Course Technology Requirements & Guides, Online Learning Resources, Emergency Preparedness.
  • Sample Module I: Optimized for Flipped/Hybrid Courses where tasks are organized by what to do before class, during class and after class
  • Sample Module II: Suitable for Online Asynchronous courses where tasks are not completed in a specific order, but are organized by type of content to complete for the week (Readings, Lectures, Assignments, Quizzes, etc…)
Editing the Template

This course template contains several Canvas pages with pre-made layouts that you can include in your course, such as three home page designs, a weekly road map page, and pages to help you organize your lectures and readings. If you go to the Modules section of the the Canvas Template you will find a Module called “Page Templates” where you can see all of the available page designs.

If you have any questions about how to effectively implement the course template into your course or would like to further customize the design, please reach out to the IT Office by setting up an office hour or emailing us at ji-it@sjtu.edu.cn.

Content retrieved from: https://digitallearning.dtei.uci.edu/homepage/online-course-development/build/template/.