Canvas Home Page

Canvas Home Page


Welcome! In this presentation, you will
learn how your UT Canvas Home Page can give students an edge by guiding them to
the information they need to be successful in your course.
The Home Page is where students will always enter your Canvas course. Let’s
get started! Does your Home Page look like this? If it does, your students might be wondering: Am I in the right course? Where do I start?
Who is my instructor for this course? This example uses the default Canvas
course setting as your Home Page, and it may be confusing, boring and rather
uninviting. Why not offer your students more guidance and structure with a
Home Page like this? The “Syllabus” option is our first
recommendation for a Home Page layout because when assignments are created in your course, it automatically includes a chronological list of course assignments
and due dates at the bottom of the syllabus page. Additionally, it provides
all of the following in one simple and consistent format: a welcome message, which is a way to introduce yourself and provide an overview of your course;
instructor contact information; course description; a link to your actual
syllabus document; getting started information, to provide guidance on how
and where to start within your course; relevant links, which can link directly
to sections of the course or other resources, both within and external to
your course; and a chronological list of course assignments and due dates at the
bottom of the page under “Course Summary.” You can reinforce due dates for various
events, activities or assignments within your course by utilizing the calendar
feature in Canvas. Remember to add some visual elements like a course banner to make your course Home Page more appealing and recognizable
to your students. Our second choice for a Home Page layout is called “Pages Front Page.” Like the syllabus option, it also provides the flexibility for customization. You can add formatted text, insert links, include images, and embed videos or other multimedia course content. The main difference is that the list of assignments and events will NOT display
automatically with this option. After entering your course site, select the
“Choose Home Page” button on the right of the screen to select your preferred Home Page layout. There are five choices for a Canvas Home Page. Only two of them are customizable: Syllabus or Pages Front Page. The other three are generally not
good choices because they cannot be edited. (Please note that if you select Pages
Front Page, you first need to create a page to select.) Remember that you want your Home Page to be welcoming, organized and consistent. The information presented should prepare students for their learning experience by providing the necessary instructions and resources for success. We hope you found this
presentation helpful. If you have any questions, please contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 or help.utk.edu For more information about Canvas,
go to online.utk edu

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