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2. Orientation to course

A solid course orientation introduces students to the tools, expectations, and community norms to set them up for success.

Use this guide to align your course with effective onboarding strategies such as welcome messages, introductions, and support links and assessment overviews, promoting student success and cultivating a vibrant learning community.


Orientation to course in Canvas is about the student onboarding experience through elements like welcome messages, instructor introductions, support resources, and even icebreaker activities.


An effective orientation:

  • Welcomes students into the course community
  • Establishes instructor approach and availability
  • Ensures students understand course logistics
  • Reduces repetitive questions
  • Allows students to introduce themselves
  • Models the tone and engagement level

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 2.1 – 2.4


Page updated 22/05/2024 (minor edit)

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