Using a Canvas Template to Embed Best Practices for Learning

Insun He
Susan Zolezzi
University of San Francisco

The Instructional Design team at the University of San Francisco designed and implemented a standardized Canvas Template to create unique branding for each of our schools, as well as provide a cohesive and intuitive user interface for students.

Leveraging custom Cascading Style Sheet and html coding, our designers have been able to bring in attractive visual design layouts to make course content more interesting and engaging.

Grounded in effective user experience design principles, the USF Canvas template has also evolved into an efficient and effective method to deploy instructional design best practices for online and hybrid courses, including Universal Design for Learning and accessible design.

Supporting Online Group Work with Peer Mentor Videos and Scaffolded Course Design

Xavier Gomez
Kelly L’Engle
University of San Francisco

Xavier Gomez, Sr. Instructional Designer and Dr. Kelly L’Engle worked together to create an online project-based course. The course first launched in the Summer of 2016 and is part of the Master of Public Health program.


Students Writing Instead of Reading Wikipedia

Cathy Gabor
University of San Francisco

For the past three semesters in an upper-division seminar entitled Rhetoric 295: Writing in Electronic Environments, the students have done an eight-week project editing Wikipedia entries based on extensive academic research. The students work in groups, using university library resources, guidance from the professor and TA, and tips from the non-profit organization WikiEdu. They write individually and collectively in a sandbox, the Wikipedia Talk Pages, and the Wikipedia entries. The project culminates in an on-campus presentation in which students show their work and reflect upon authorship in the digital spaces of the early 21st century.

Social Media and Healthcare Education

Margaret M. Hansen
University of San Francisco

As a Professor of Nursing at the University of San Francisco I designed and now teach a novel blog-based online course: Social Media in Health Education. The course is an ongoing elective offered once during each academic year. The aim of the course is to introduce students to social media technologies used in health and by healthcare professionals. Students demonstrate and discuss the way individuals, medical staff, and researchers use social media tools to find, create, discuss, and share health information in the digital age. Furthermore, students explore the way consumers and professionals make critical decisions informed by social media tools.