Canvas Spotlight

The New and Improved 2021 Canvas Blueprint

The Canvas Blueprint is the basic structure provided for all online course shells, designed to promote consistency and quality at MSU Denver. If you have taught online since we moved to Canvas, then you are likely already familiar with the 2020 version of the Blueprint, which incorporates minimalist navigation to streamline the student experience and […]

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Blueprint: Sample Module Overview

The Blueprint sample module was designed to provide a foundation or organizational structure to customize and use in your course, if you wish. You can edit the Blueprint sample module provided in your new course shell with your own course content to make navigation easy for your students. The sample module includes templates for the […]

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Blueprint: Course Information Module Overview

The Course Information module in the new 2021 Master Blueprint Template is built to house important information for a course. This module in your course will allow information in the syllabus to be drastically reduced to increase readability and make the syllabus page more user-friendly for students. One important change to note in the 2021 […]

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Enable/Disable Items on the Navigation Menu

While the blueprint automatically determines which sections are visible and others invisible by default, you can actually choose what navigation options students see in the course navigation menu. This allows for you to control how students view and navigate the course, removing unnecessary cognitive load associated with students trying to locate the appropriate sections.  Directions […]

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Use the Syllabus Tool

The Canvas Syllabus is a convenient location to provide a course description, materials list, and other important information. The Syllabus page also includes a calendar and a Course Summary section, which automatically lists assignments and due dates. Directions Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section. Log in to your Canvas Account. Select the Course you’d […]