Canvas templates

Last changed: 20 March 2024

Here you can read how the template pages work in Canvas.

Why a template in Canvas?

Canvas templates give courses a more uniform look. By aligning the appearance, we hope that the students will recognize the layout in the learning environment more quickly when they start a new course. It also aims to help teachers and administrators when new course rooms are set up, but also by integrating with information outside of Canvas.

Courses are different and have different needs and their materials need to be organized in different ways even though they share the same learning platform. The templates are only intended to organize what is common to all courses, but feel free to contact the department for Learning and digitization for a discussion about a standardized course layout, for example within a program.

Template content

The template consists of pages (one of which is the start page), modules and an announcement.

  • On the start page, the student can find their course team, course period, schedule and at the bottom a register to navigate to the desired Canvas module.
  • In the "About the course" module, overall course information can be displayed. Template pages are already there with links to the course page on the student website as well as the course's grading criteria and information on how the course is examined.
  • The announcement suggests an effective way of communicating in the course. For example as a welcome message (rather than on the home page) and that announcements can contribute as a news feed on the home page.

Everything in the same place regardless of the course.

The Page - Start

  1. The course name is always shown at the top of the Home-page. The name is in the course settings and not contained in this Start-page. The course name is transferred from Ladok and should not be changed since the connection to Ladok may change it back.

  2. Instead use this text to express if the course has an alternative name or to inform if this course-room is used for more than one course (joint courses).

  3. Here we can write a short course description. As a welcome-text we recommend using an announcement instead since it is probably only relevant in the beginning of the course. We then recommend showing the 3 most recent announcements on the Home-page.  

  4. Here we can see the course start and end dates which are transferred from Ladok.

  5. Here we can see the course team which also is transferred from Ladok. The row for student representative can be removed if not needed.  

  6. Schedule – Opens by default Timeedit and shows the course reservations. The link can be edited to another source, for example a file.
    Study support – Opens a page on the student web designed to support students in their studies. The content of this page will expand to show relevant student information over time.
    Ladok Student – Provides a link to quickly logon to Ladok Student. The button aims to ease communication with students if they for example shall self register for the course or sign up for an sitting exam.  

  7. Here we aim to give the students a quick way to navigate to the desired Canvas module, like a index of content. Not always but in a lot of courses the modules are many with much content which leads to a lot of scrolling on the module page. With this we hope to provide students with a fast track. If you only have a few modules you can of course just link to the first module of the course.  

The Module - Teacher Resources

  1. This module exists to share information with teachers and course administrators. It is not intended for students and should therefore not be published.

  2. On this page you will find a link to add items to your course schedule in Timeedit. 
    Adding events to TimeEdit

  3. This link will open these guides on the staff web.

  4. This link leads to a digital introduction course in Canvas. The course is created by SALSA, Sunet's user network for Canvas.

  5. This link leads to a website with Canvas tips and inspiration. is a digital resource collection from Kristianstad University
    in collaboration with other Swedish universities.

The Module - About the course

  1. The link on the start page takes you to this module.
  2. Syllabus, Litterature list & Course evaluation - This page contains a link to the course page on the student web. Edit the text if you like to point out specific content of the course page that are extra relevant to this course.

  3. Grading criteria - Here we add the grading criteria for this course. Remember to use the Accessibility Checker before publishing the page.

  4. Examination - Is the page for clarification about exams. The page contains a link to "sitting exams at SLU" on the student web.

Announcement - Welcome


At last there is an Announcement with a sample text that describes how we communicate in the course and a short description of the start page. Edit it as you like.

Many choose to use Announcements within the course. It is then recommended to show the most recent announcements on the start page. This setting is activated under course settings. It is found at the bottom after clicking "more options".

Then the option to show announcements on the start page is visible.

All courses from Ladok for the 2024 autumn semester now have templates in Canvas. To use templates in manually created courses or for other semesters, send an email to with a link to the corresponding course room in Canvas.


Finally a tip on how to restore a previous version of a page. Can be used if editing of a page did not turn out as expected. 



Canvas Support

Servicedesk helps you with:

  • Support.
  • Sandbox (a test room where you can try the tools).
  • Create users missing in Canvas and not in Idis.

You reach Servicedesk via extension 6600 or


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