Lisa Lund, M.Ed. and instructional development coordinator at the College of Veterinary Medicine, has developed hundreds of courses at ISU. She recently presented at the most recent ISU Online Learning Community seminar some tips for creating effective content in Canvas:
Focus on your ABCs to create a professional, engaging space for your students — A ccessibility, B randing, C haracter.
- Accessibility: Keep your design simple and “clean”. Use the same font throughout your course, label files with descriptive names, group related items together in modules, and arrange modules in chronological order. Helpful web tools to evaluate accessibility of colors include:
- Branding: Use the ISU’s color palette webpage to easily coordinate colors, keeping your course design consistent and identifiable as part of Iowa State University. You can display a picture on a course tile on the Dashboard, learn how via the How do I add an image to a course card in the Dashboard? web guide.
- Character: This is where you can let your personality and ideas shine. Create a professional banner using one of these websites: Pexels, Pixabay, Flickr in Canvas or Canva. You can create buttons for your pages to help students more quickly access specific content from Da Button Factory website.
Lisa shared that her most frequently used CELT resource was MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website because it’s a very useful tool. It has great step-by-step Canvas instructions for frequently used tools such as Global Course Administration and ISU AdminTools, making it a vital tool for Canvas success at the College of Veterinary Medicine .