Active Teaching Lab Recap: Wayfinding and the Canvas Homepage with Lane Sunwall

Fri September 22, 2017

The September 22, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Canvas wayfinding. Lane Sunwall from DoIT Academic Technology’s Learner Experience: Training & Support service shared tips and tricks to keeping students on track in Canvas.


  • Instructor presence helps students engage and succeed
  • Using Google Slides Q&A to solicit participant feedback
  • Includes custom Course Card to set his course apart from the generic colored-tile courses
  • Welcome page as home page: Keep it dynamic
  • Break up pages: We scan pages; put most important info at top
  • Course organization: Don’t make students think about wayfinding (save thought energy for course content)
  • Manually drag finished modules to bottom, so the next one will be at the top for students to find easily

Check out the session’s activity sheet and follow along with Lane’s slides for more information.

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