Champlain College has decided to maintain one option in all courses for the home page layout: the Page I’ll Design Myself option. It allows instructors to use their creativity and design ideas to personalize the homepage in each course by adding links, images, or rich media.
Keep in mind: this page will be the one that students see first each time they enter a course.
The course home page is set up so that it contains:
- An image that should be replaces with one that relates to the course.
- Any other related text that will describe the course and serve as an introduction for students.
- You may also want to create an announcement area.
Here are a few suggestions for designing a course home page:
- Create a course header: include the name of the course and term.
- Create a table with three columns and three rows to put images and text links to course elements. In the top row of cells upload images to represent the Syllabus, Course Modules, and Get Help. Set the images so they link to various sections of the course. Use the bottom row of cells for the text to describe the link.
- Footer text: include instructor name and link to profile, eLearning contact info, or a Start Here link to Module 1 (Week 1).
- More examples from Instructure
How to insert images on the home page:
The home page is a “wiki”page in Canvas. The Rich Text Editor, along with the “Insert Content into the Page” section (right hand side of the screen), make it easy to add an image.
1. Click on the Homepage.
2. Click Edit page.
3. Click on the “Images” tab of the “Insert Content into the Page” box (on the right)
4. Click “Upload a new image”
5. With the cursor on the page being edited, browse to find an image on your computer.
6. Click “upload” and the image will appear on the page. Resize or view other images that were downloaded within that same “Images” tab.