How To: Locate a Basic Canvas Course Template

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This guide will walk you through the process of locating a Basic Canvas template in Canvas Commons then import that template into your current semester's Canvas course. This article is part 1 of a 3 part series to assist faculty in meeting the requirements set forth by Florida SouthWestern State College.

Navigate to Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons can be accessed through Canvas in the Global Navigation bar. Locate and click on the Commons icon to be taken to the home page of Canvas Commons.

Canvas Commons icon image located in global navigation menu of Canvas


FYI: The first time you navigate to Canvas Commons, you may be prompted to "Authorize" your account to use Canvas Commons. If you see this, you will need to click the "Authorize" button to access Canvas Commons. You will only have to do this the first time you access Canvas Commons.

Canvas commons authorization link

When the Canvas Commons page loads, you will see a Search box. Search for an item to import by using the Search box.

Canvas Commons image of the Search text box

Note: You can sort items by Most Relevant, Latest, Most Favorited, or Most Downloaded by using the "Latest" drop-down menu.

Latest drop down menu

Click on the search box and type in the word Template. 

At least five results should appear. 

Image showing the search of the Templates

Locate and click on the title of the template that refers to your School.

On this page, you can find details about the contents of the template.

Image displaying the summary information of a Canvas commons item.

After you verify that the basic template is correct, locate the "Import into Canvas" menu in the top right.

This menu will list all the Canvas courses you are assigned.

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FYI: Your list may be quite long, and the "Search for a course" text box at the top can help you narrow the list down to something more manageable.
Click and type in the title of your Canvas course in the search box. 
You may even try just typing in the year or semester to help with identifying which course you need to locate.

Once you locate the Canvas course, you want to import this master content into, click the box to the left of that course, so there is a checkmark in it.

If you are teaching more than one section of the same course, go ahead and click all the boxes that are to the left of all the other classes.

Image of the Import with a course selected

After all the courses are selected, you will need to click the Import into Course button.

Image of import/download with import into a course selected

A green Banner should appear across the top.

After seeing this banner, you will know that the import is being processed.

Verify the import by clicking on the "Home" button and view your new home page.

Are you still struggling with this step? Submit a service request.

How to: Get Additional Support

eLearning is here to support you through this process. You can reach out to Canvas support 24 hours a day, seven days a week by clicking on the Help link from the Canvas global navigation bar. From all of us at the eLearning department, thank you for your time.

Introduction to Canvas for Ground Professors – Enroll anytime and get started learning about Canvas at your own pace.

Canvas Basics for Campus Faculty Workshops – Want to dive deeper? Check out the TLC Training Calendar to register for upcoming workshops scheduled for summer and fall 2019.

Still struggling: Request a consultation with a Canvas expert.   

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