Canvas Course Template

The Center for Faculty Excellence and Online and Summer Academic Programs, in partnership with Instructure, have developed an editable Canvas course template that faculty can adopt to make their courses easier for students to navigate. This template, which has been designed with the student experience in mind, is informed by Quality Matters principles and standards. It contains elements that are essential for providing students with high-quality hybrid, remote, and online courses.

This template also serves as the base for the Content Restructuring initiative.

Employing a course template allows faculty to spend less time on course design so they can focus on their learning objectives and on interacting with students. Widespread use of this template will help ensure that students have a more consistent experience in Canvas, regardless of the courses they are enrolled in.

Faculty can access this template through Canvas Commons. Use of this template is voluntary.

  • If you would like to preview what the template looks like – go here:

  • If you would like to request a development shell to import the template into and begin working on the development of a course do the following:
    • Request a blank canvas development shell from this link. You will be asked on the form to include a subject and catalog number so that ITS can associate the template with a specific course.  

Once the shell is created, you can install the BGSU Template into the development shell from Canvas Commons so you can see what it looks like and begin editing it and adding content to it.

It’s important to know that if you decide to import the template directly into one of your canvas course shells, it doesn’t remove any of your content, it only adds the new example modules, pages, and course file to your course.  

Video Tutorial of how to import and edit the BGSU Template into your Canvas Course.

Please contact Terence Armentano (, Online and Summer Academic Programs, if you have questions.