Content types

Creating a Homepage

The Home Page is the first page your students see upon entering your Canvas course site. There are several options for designing a Canvas Home Page:

  • Recent Activity Dashboard – Displays the most recent announcements, messages, assignments, and discussion posts in your course.
  • a Page I’ll Design Myself – Has the same content capabilities as a standard Page. Also referred to as the Front Page.
  • the Course Modules/Sections – Sets your Modules area as the Home Page.
  • the Assignment List – Show all of the assignments in a course, with upcoming and recent assignments at the top.
  • the Syllabus with Assignment List – Lets you add content like a course description, links, images, etc. in a rich content editor and also displays all of the assignments in your course. It’s a combination of “A Page I’ll Design Yourself” and “The Assignment List” options.

To return to the Home Page from anywhere in a Canvas course site, just click on the Home button on the course navigation.

To learn more about customizing the Course Home page, feel free to view the Course Layout Customization Video and the Homepage Tutorial found on this page.

Homepage Tutorials

Canvas Course Design

Add Content

Once you have reviewed Step 2: Site Design and have an idea of the design model(s) you will use, it is time to build the course. The content within Step 3 covers the following topics:

For the purpose of efficiency and thoroughness, it is recommended that you review each topic and complete these tasks in Canvas in order beginning with Add Files. One step builds on the other. For example, it helps to have Files in Canvas before you begin to build Pages.

Note: It is also possible to map out your course within Modules using “placeholders” to create an outline of what each module should cover. This is not recommended because of it is very easy to forget to update the “placeholders” with the final content.

Course building steps

Click on the buttons below to access information on building courses in Canvas.