You will notice that when you first enter your Carmen Canvas course, it looks rather barren. It may be difficult to know where to begin. In order to assist you, we have created an SENR Course Template. You can use the template to host an entire course or just a few components; it’s very flexible. While using the template is not required by the school, it does contain essential components of courses structured around Quality Matters standards, as well as all-around best practices in online course design. Even if you only teach Face-2-Face, having a well-designed Carmen page, consist with your peers, can help students locate necessary resources for your course. The SENR Course Template contains placeholders and design items that you can keep, delete, or customize to meet your needs.
You can preview the template here.
How Do I Access the SENR Template?
The SENR Course Template is located in the Canvas Commons, Canvas' learning object repository. The Commons, available to all instructor accounts, is a place where educators can find, import, and share digital resources.
Step 1: Navigate to the Canvas Commons
Begin by logging into Carmen via https://carmen.osu.edu/. From the smart landing page, enter into any of your Carmen Canvas courses. From here, you can enter into the Canvas Commons by clicking on the link in the dark gray Global Navigation Bar, located on the far left of your browser window. Look for the large C.
Step 2: Locate the SENR Course Template
A resource in the Canvas Commons can be a Course, Module, Quiz, Assignment, Discussion, Page, Document, Video, Image, or Audio file. Each resource type has a unique icon. Look for these related colors and icons when searching for resources.
To find resources in the Canvas Commons, use the search field. Keywords can include author, institution, title, or outcome.
To find the SENR Course template, use one of the following keywords:
- Ohio State
- Kylienne Shaul
Step 3: Import the Template into your Course
Once you have found the template (or other resource) you want, you will use the import tool on the right-hand side of the screen:
Select which course(s) you would like to pull this template into, then select the green button below labeled Import into Course. You may import an asset into multiple courses at once.
You will then receive a notification that the course has successfully imported. If the import was successful, you can navigate back to the course you selected and find the new asset there. Resources may take up to 5 minutes to start appearing in your course(s). If you find that a template course or another asset has not successfully imported after this time, you may want to repeat these steps.
Using a Master Course: CarmenCanvas allows you to create Master Courses. The idea is to let you build a Canvas course for something you are going to teach before you get access to your real course. Master Courses can also function as a place to experiment, such as importing the SENR Course Template, without worrying about "messing up" a real course. See “How do I copy content from another Canvas course?” for how to copy your master course into your academic course.
Step 4: Modify as Necessary
Voilà! Now that the template is in your course, you can modify as necessary. Keep resources you want, delete those you don't, and replace the place holder text with your course specific information. Follow these instructions for how to manipulate the template’s Home and Syllabus pages: https://resourcecenter.odee.osu.edu/canvas/using-model-courses#manage
If you need assistance working with the template or importing it into your course, send an email to one of your friendly Carmen support personnel. Be as specific as possible with your requests and questions. Include course names, terms, etc.