Faculty Resources


The Canvas Common Cartridge is a basic Canvas template that can be imported into a Canvas course to help structure how content is organized. Included in the Canvas Common Cartridge is a Home Page, Course Information module, and sample module for laying out course content. Using this tool will help you organize online courses more effectively, provide consistent navigation, and streamline the student experience.

The Canvas Common Cartridge also helps courses meet twelve Quality Matters Specific Review Standards (SRS 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.9, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and 8.6).

Home Page

The first thing you will see added to your course is a simple Home Page that includes a banner image and links to the course’s Modules and Start Here pages.

Please update the Home Page with your Course Number and Title.

  • Edit
  • Replace text
  • Scroll to the bottom and click the green "Save" button


When you click on the Modules list you will see two pre-populated modules:

  • Course Information
  • Module 1: (Title)

Course Information module

The Course Information module includes a Start Here page to provide key course information and relevant links to CSU student policies and support. This module also includes an example Student Introduction Discussion forum. Providing learners a space to introduce themselves and meet peers creates a learning community in the course from the first week.

Start Here page

Welcome to the Course section includes a template for faculty to include their own self-introduction. Please edit this section in the same way the Home page is edited.

Step 1 is a link to the course syllabus page; faculty do not need to edit the hyperlink on the “Start Here” page as it is automatically updated to link to the Syllabus page. However, please do edit the Syllabus page it links to and upload a PDF copy of the course syllabus.

Step 2 includes any textbooks that students need to purchase. Please edit this section to include required textbooks.

Steps 3-5 includes essential information applicable to all CSU courses (including links to library information, student support, technical requirements, student services, and institutional policies); we recommend faculty do not remove any of this information as these are essential resources for all CSU students.


The Introductions discussion forum provides a space where learners can introduce themselves, connect with peers, and it sets a welcoming tone for the course. Discussion forums provide opportunity for learners to feel part of a connected community.

Module Organization

Module 1 provides a sample module layout with example pages to illustrate content segmenting and course design that follows best practices.

Within the module, there are two pages:

  • Module 1 Overview and Objectives
  • Module 1 Read, Watch, & More

The “Overview and Objectives” page is a place for faculty to introduce learners to the module topic and provide module-level learning objectives. Research has shown that students perform better in courses that are explicit about what they will be learning at the beginning of each lesson. Module-level learning objectives are more specific than course-level learning objectives. They also measure mastery in smaller, distinct intervals throughout the course.

The “Read, Watch, & More” page provides a page for faculty to add and organize lectures, readings, external resources, and/or other instructional materials. Organizing instructional materials per module allows learners to easily go back and find content.

After the “Read, Watch, & More” page, there is a text header for “Assignments”. Adding all relevant assignments to the respective module provides learners a single navigation point and sets them up for success in completing the tasks.

How to Duplicate a Module?

An easy way to continue to use the structure of Module 1 for the remaining course modules, is to duplicate the entire template. To duplicate the module:

  • Click the three dots on the right-hand side of the module name.
  • From the drop-down, select “Duplicate.”

After duplicating the module, be sure to re-name both the Module title and the individual pages (otherwise everything will be called “Module 1”).

To edit the module name:

  • Click the three dots on the right-hand side of the module name.
  • From the drop-down, select “Edit.”
  • Update the module title
  • Click the green “Update Module” button

To edit the page name:

  • From the drop-down, select “Edit.”
  • Update the page title
  • Click the green “Update” button
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