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Canvas model courses

The UW course examples below demonstrate a wide range of evidence-based, online teaching practices using UW-supported teaching and learning tools.

To address issues of privacy, accessibility, and copyright, we have removed some content from the courses and replaced with placeholder text. Such deletions include email addresses, Zoom links, certain types of files, and any student-submitted content, such as discussion posts or collaborations. Where possible, we used placeholder content to illustrate how the original content was incorporated in Canvas and other tools.

Special thanks to the instructors listed below for sharing their course designs with the UW community.

BIOL 250 – Marine Biology

 José Guzmán, Assistant Teaching Professor, College of the Environment — School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Modules with a weekly pattern provide clear, consistent structure
  • Short, pre-recorded, captioned lectures in Panopto
  • Pre-class quizzes for self-assessment
  • Learning objectives for each lesson

View the course example in Canvas: BIOL 250

Learn more about how José engages students during his synchronous class sessions in his presentation for the CTL Pop-Up Series from Spring 2020.

Image of course home page for Biol 250.

Home page

Screen capture of weekly modules from biology 250

Weekly modules

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Pre-recorded lectures

 

 

 

PSYCH 202 – Biopsychology

Ann Culligan, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Psychology

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Modules with a weekly pattern provide clear, consistent structure (Read, Submit, Explore)
  • Extensive “Syllabus” Module to highlight course resources
  • External multimedia resources as optional materials to explore

View the course example in Canvas: PSYCH 202 (UW NetID required)

Screen capture of the Syllabus module, with course schedule, goals, diversity statement, policies, assessments, tips, and other tools and resources.

Syllabus module

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Weekly module with consistent headers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLAS 122 – Gateway to the Ancient Greco-Roman World

Catherine M. Connors, Professor, Classics (Adjunct in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies)

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Fully asynchronous course design (no live class sessions)
  • Home page with course details, policies, and schedule overview
  • Introductory survey to get to know students
  • Frequent low-stakes assessments
  • Collaborative student project: “Virtual museum”

View the course example in Canvas: CLAS 122 (UW NetID required)

Course home page with overview and learning objectives

Course home page

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Lesson introduction

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Virtual museum project

 

 

 

 

 

EDLPS 520 – Education as a Moral Endeavor

Jennifer Hoffman, Associate Professor, College of Education

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Simplified syllabus with clear goals and learning objectives
  • Canvas Calendar events complementing the course schedule
  • Structured activities for breakout rooms

View the course example in Canvas: EDLPS 520

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Syllabus Page

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Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIS 261 – Introduction to Film Studies

David S. Goldstein, Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Instructor presence, transparency, acknowledgement of the challenges at hand
  • Communication through Canvas Announcements
  • Use of external resource to support students as online learners
  • Course tour video
  • Introduction and Preview pages in Modules to keep students on track

View the course example in Canvas: BIS 261

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Instructor video introduction

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How to succeed module

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Instructor announcements address challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M E 426/540 – Renewable Energy II

Brian Polagye, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Well-organized modules for course resources and assignments
  • Background Information module with course resources and expectations
  • Announcements and discussion boards for communication with students
  • Syllabus page using built-in Canvas Syllabus tool

View the course example in Canvas: M E 426/540

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Modules

Schedule of lectures and office hours

Schedule of lectures and office hours

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Peer review assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 100 – Introduction To Environmental Studies

Kristi Straus, Associate Teaching Professor, Environmental Studies
Yen-Chu Weng, Assistant Teaching Professor, Environmental Studies

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Home page information for how to navigate course
  • Weekly Overview pages, including short introductory videos from the instructors
  • Thorough Course Resources module with course policies, instructional team, and discussion boards for student questions
  • Panopto recordings for weekly overviews and lectures
  • Detailed modules to organize resources and assessments

View the course example in Canvas: ENVIR 100 (UW NetID required)

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Home page

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Weekly overview page

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Recordings

 

 

 

 

 

CMS 397/ENGL 345 – American Independent Film

Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges, Teaching Professor, Department of English

This example course illustrates the following:

  • “Term at a Glance” document for quick reference of schedule and due dates
  • Start Here Module full of essentials and resources
  • Overview pages provide consistent structure that is mirrored in the Modules
  • Multiple channels of communication, including a weekly check-in discussion board

View the course example in Canvas: CMS 397/ENGL 345

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Term at a Glance schedule

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Start Here module

screencapture of module 1 overview page with learning objectives, reading, lectures for the module.

Overview page

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 311 – Soils and Land Use

Brittany Johnson, Assistant Professor, College of the Environment – Environmental and Forest Sciences
Daníel Vogt, Associate Professor, College of the Environment – Environmental and Forest Sciences

This example course illustrates the following:

  • Clearly structured Modules using text headers
  • Virtual labs
  • Group projects using collaborative Google Slides
  • Creative and fun options to engage students (virtual happy hour, good news and humor board for happy stories and memes)
  • Instructor presence through participation in the final project

View the course example in Canvas: ESRM 311 (UW NetID required)

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Virtual field trip videos

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Virtual Lab pages

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Weekly Modules

Last reviewed September 11, 2020