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Online Course Examples

There is no right or wrong way to design an online course. There are three main ways a Canvas course can be organized. The following are examples of online courses that have been designed using these approaches:

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Organized around Modules and Pages

Organized around Modules and Pages
This approach is the most common use of Canvas. You can
think of modules as a one-stop shop for all the content in your
Canvas course. It is best used when using multiple Canvas tools
and when you need to keep the course organized.

You are teaching a face-to-face class and you would like
to use Canvas for uploading course readings, having students
turn in assignments, online office hours, and using the grade book.

Take a Look:


Organized around Assignments and the Calendar

Organized around Assignments and the Calendar
If you are using Canvas solely for managing student assignments,
then this design will work for you.

In your on-campus course, students will be turning in
their assignments online via Canvas. You will grade
and return these assignments back to the students online

Take a Look:

Human Genetics, Bill Hanna (Massasoit CC)

Organized around Files

Organized around Files
This course design is best used when you need to organized large
amounts of content (for example course readings) and you will not
use any of the other tools in Canvas.

In your course, you do not use a textbook and therefore have a
large amount of readings for your students, which you post online.
You may choose to use a few other tools in Canvas, however
the main use of the course is for the posting of the course readings.

Take a Look:

Math 214, Canvas Network
There are several other examples of Canvas course design models. As with any course, there are pros and cons to how they are designed. For more Canvas course examples, navigate to the following links:

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