Create Templates in Canva for Students to Use on Assignments in Canvas

Thanks to our recently added Canva integration with Canvas, teachers can now create templates for students to use and then grade those creations through Speed Grader.

Similar to how files you create in Office can be used as a template/starter for students, this integration allows you to create something, and then distribute a copy to each student. They will then be able to modify, edit and add their own content before returning to Canvas to turn it in.

Read below to learn how.

Create Your Template

Either log into Canva through their website (choose Continue Another Way, then choose Microsoft and use your ISD credentials) or open Canvas and then click on the link in your course links (if active.)

Once in Canva, go create to your heart’s content. Click here to get some ideas about the different things you can create in Canva.

Be sure to give your project a name and consider saving it in a folder.

Below is a sample I created for a lab report.

Create Your Assignment

Now navigate to the course in which you wish to use your creation.

Then create a new assignment and in the RCE tool bar for that assignment click on the plug icon and select Canva for Ed.

This will open a window that gives you access to your Canva content. You can use the buttons on the left to filter or navigate to your design if it isn’t right there. Choose the design by clicking on it. A little window will slide up from the bottom and ask you how you want to share it (we’re going with embed in page for this one) and how students to interact with it. You can choose view only or new design for each student. You will then be taken back to the assignment page where you will see a preview of the template and a link that reads “Start activity.”

Finally, make sure it is an Online Submission and choose Web URL and File Upload are selected as options. Click publish and save.

Student Work and Turn In

Students will now see the assignment and when they click into the assignment, your directions and the preview/link will guide them to open the template in Canva. This basically serves as a doorway to Canva where they will do the work before returning to Canvas to find the project and submit it. If this is the student’s first time in Canva they may be prompted to login. They should use the Continue Another Way option; then choose Microsot and use their ISD credentials.

Once in Canva they will be looking at the workspace with their copy of the template. They have full editing controls and can modify as much as they need to. When you creating a template, it’s a great idea to include cues and scaffolds to guide them toward what you’d like to see them do (e.g. – Insert bar chart here, by searching for bar chart in Elements.) Just put those things right into the template.

When the students are finished and ready to return, they should go back to the assignment in Canvas. Once there, they will need to click on the 3 dots button next to the File Upload and Website URL options. This will present a menu with options, including Canva for Education, which they should choose. This will render a window below the buttons.

Students should choose recent from the buttons on the left to easily find their work. Once they have found it, they just need to click which then activate a full size render of the project open in the workspace. After it loads, the only thing left to do is to click the submit button.

Grading Canva Created Work

If the students submit their work this way, then you as the teacher will be able to see a preview of the creation right in SpeedGrader. This allows you to give a score and comments that end up directly in the Canvas gradebook.


Here are couple of resources you might want to use when starting or with students when creating Canva assignments in Canvas.

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