We have created a Canvas Commons module for students to complete in Week 0 (or Week 1) of any academic-year quarter called the “UC Santa Cruz Introduction Module”. This module covers:

  • Campus resources for students
  • How to use Canvas, Zoom, YuJa, and Hypothesis as a student
  • Tips for succeeding in an online course
  • Guidelines for online discussion & academic integrity
  • And more!

This Introduction Module works best if you already have modules set up in your Canvas course. If you’re not sure how to do that, you can contact the TLC. The Introduction Module is customizable and appropriate for any course in any discipline. Instructors can import the module into their Canvas course from Canvas Commons. Search for “UC Santa Cruz Introduction Module” (and be sure to use that exact wording!).

The instructions for importing the Summer version of the Introduction Module can be found here.

How to add the Introduction Module

Option A: Direct link

This is the easiest way to add the Introduction Module to your course — unfortunately, it’s not the most reliable!

Navigate to the UC Santa Cruz Introduction Module in Canvas Commons

Do you see the see Introduction Module? If so — great! Skip to “Option B: Step 6” below.

If you do NOT see the Introduction Module when you click the link, try clicking the link a second time. If that does not work, move to Option B below.

Option B: Search in Canvas Commons

Step 1: Navigate to the Canvas course to which you want to add the Introduction Module.

Step 2: Click Import from Commons, located in the navigation bar on the right side of the screen (on smaller screens, the button may be on the bottom of your screen).

Step 3: Click the blue Authorize button to authorize Commons to access your account.

Step 4: In the “Search by title, institution, name or tag” field, type UC Santa Cruz Introduction Module. Use this exact wording; it’s very hard to find the module if you don’t!

Step 5: You’ll see a module called “UC Santa Cruz Introduction Module 🌎🌍🌏” with a photo of the UCSC sign at the main entrance to campus. Click on the title.

Step 6: Click the blue Import/Download button.

Step 7: Select the course(s) you’d like to add the module to and click Import into Course. You’ll see “You have successfully started the import! It may take a little while to see changes in your course.”

Step 8: Return to your course. Click on Modules, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and then drag the introduction module to the top of the page. (You can also click Pages to see the individual pages of the Introduction Module.)

That’s it! You’ve now added the Introduction Module to your course. You can use it as-is, delete pages that aren’t relevant to your course, and/or customize the module.

Option C: Contact us

Email tlc@ucsc.edu to request that the module be added to your course. Don’t forget to include your course’s name and code.