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Canvas@Illinois, Course Template Info for Sub-Account Admins

This details the process for requesting a Canvas course as a Template within the Canvas@Illinois environment

A course template within Canvas can be useful to provide a consistent experience for students, and include base content for all new courses in an account. Configuration for a course template can include course navigation, widely applicable content pages promoting school or departmental ethos, as well as module layout to help with pacing through a term. For additional information regarding course templates, please view this page, including the demonstration video:  Courses: Course Templates (2021-05-15 Release) - Instructure Community ( 

Create a Canvas course template for your sub-account(s):

General requirements for Canvas Templates:

  • there can be no members in the course (this includes Teachers, TAs, etc.)
  • the course can be Published or Unpublished
  • the course availability dates and term is irrelevant to this process
  • the course can still be defined as a Blueprint

General behavior after defining a course as a template:

  • the course title is appended with "Canvas Template"
  • In a course listing the course has a new icon next to the course title

  • the course template settings now show all accounts with which the course is associated
  • there is no "People" page in the course

General behavior after defining a course template on a sub-account:

  • When a course template is applied to an account or sub-account and a new course is created within the sub-account, the content from the course template is copied into the new course shell. Instructors added to the new course will have all content from the template but can still customize the course by adding new content, editing unlocked content, and adding LTI tools. 
  • template items are applied to all NEW courses in the sub-account

Keywordscanvas course space template canvas@illinois request sra sub-account admin   Doc ID112581
OwnerCanvas C.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2021-07-22 13:14:52Updated2023-08-16 11:11:13
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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