Canvas Template and Educational Design Support

Online Course Checklist

This checklist details the necessary steps to be addressed by the faculty member teaching an online course, after the importing of new content into a course. This checklist should be used as a guideline to address certain details that will need to be updated.

If this is the second time you have taught an online course, please make sure to download the checklist.
Click here to download the checklist.

Canvas Online Course Template

To support students in moving through courses with an online component a series of icons and templates have been created that provide a common Xavier look. This allows students to concentrate on the academic tasks of a course without having to relearn the navigation for each new course they take. In addition, the icons and templates were created to allow faculty to begin building courses in Canvas without having to worry about the look/design. You can work directly in Canvas or you can start with a word document and them copy and paste it into your course.
Click here for the worksheet.

To import the templates and icons into your canvas course(s):

  1. Click on the "Commons" link in the left navigation bar of Canvas (under your Canvas "Inbox")
  2. Search for "Xavier" in the Commons search bar in the middle of the page
  3. Click on the "Xavier Online Course Template" resource name that appears first in the search results
  4. On the right side of the next screen, check the box beside the course(s) that you would like to import the templates and icons into
  5. Lastly, click on the green "Import Into Course" button to import the templates and icons into the selected course(s)

Contact Daniel Wooddell for help importing the template and icons.

To set up a meeting with an instructional designer please contact 

Xavier's Instructional Designers:


Ryan Murray
Instructional Designer
(513) 745-4293 |

Ryan Murray joined Instructional Design & Technology at Xavier in June 2021. From 2012 to 2020, he worked in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University. As an instructional designer, Ryan collaborates with faculty members and other staff members to develop online and blended courses. His main interests are the following types of learning science: problem-based, project-based, and case-based.

Degree: MEd, Instructional Technology (NC State)


Matthew Williamson
Instructional Designer
(513) 745-4299 |

Matthew Williamson joined Instructional Design & Technology at Xavier in June 2021.  Matthew has a Master’s of Education from St. Joseph’s University and a Ph.D. in History from Northeastern University. He has developed and taught American history courses for various institutions, both in-person and online, in synchronous and asynchronous formats. He has also taught adult learners, non-traditional and traditional college students, and high school students. Matthew is always continuing to deepen his understanding of educational theory, pedagogy, and technology.