several banners used for class images

Love at First Bite (or Designing a Canvas Homepage)

I was a cook long enough to know that people eat with their eyes. I could make all kinds of analogies about the visual representation of material and how we interact with it as a result of its appearance. For better, and for worse. But today, I invite you to consider how your course looks to students and the options you have as an instructor. I also invite you to attend either of our two upcoming workshops in the DLI Offices in LBA 204E.

Friday, January 25th from 10 am to 11 am
Monday, January 28th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Your Canvas course site may use the default modules as a homepage. That is fine. It is organized vertically and divided into sections. That is excellent.

But there are options as to what the student sees when they click into your class from the dashboard. You can make it so they see the syllabus first. You can make it so they see a specific page that can then direct them to the places they are to go. That is the option we will explore in this workshop.

Here is four minutes of overview from the good people at Canvas..

521 – Course Layout: Customization from Instructure Community on Vimeo.

Our workshop will focus on using a “page” as the homepage and how we can help you create an aesthetically pleasing look that helps students know where to do and what to do.

We can help you with simple banners that stretch across the top of the homepage like the ones below.

For a further explanation, You can take a look at the video below. I hope to see you at one of the workshops. If not, please let us know if we can help you with anything you have seen here. Anytime.