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1. Structure and navigation

A well-structured Canvas course with intuitive navigation facilitates student engagement and comprehension.

Use this guide to simplify your course navigation and organise your content structure effectively using Canvas modules and pages with proper heading structures that align with accessibility standards for an enhanced student experience.


Canvas course structure and navigation refer to how content is organised and sequenced, including other tools students use to access materials and orient themselves.


Effective structure and navigation:

  • Creates clear content flow for students to follow
  • Reduces confusion and questions
  • Allows easy updating of materials
  • Provides flexibility through modular components
  • Makes it easier to reuse course components

Implementation checklist

Use the checklist below to track your progress

Key resources

Exploring the Components

Below is a further breakdown of the different parts of this Canvas Baseline Practice. Included are interactive annotated examples.


Use the navigation to work through sections 1.1 – 1.6


Page updated 22/05/2024 (minor edit)

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