This is an example of a Blackboard course ported over to canvas as an example. He uses a custom front page layout and has his discussions, announcements and other items populated for you to explore.
a nice of example of using a syllabus front page layout
is a Faculty Orientation space created by Weber State University (on which we are modeling our own self-paced Faculty tutorial and best practices site)
limiting items on the course navigation and leading students through course content and activities via "pages".
Another "pages" based course design in a business course from Alamo College
is a course space based on Modules out of Boise State University
the course space blends a nice mix of pages and modules out of Utah State University
and for something really different, this course provides a striking home page and then access to Files for students (no modules, additional pages, etc.)
This site provides access to Canvas Workshops that have been created by Learning Technologies staff, in addition to links to "How do I" webinars, documentation to orient faculty to the Canvas interface and to the migration process, and a slowly growing collection of videos. By the start of the new year, all faculty will have access to a self-paced Canvas tutorial site that will provide a more comprehensive "dashboard" of link to tutorials and documentation, as well as serving as an exemplar in Canvas course site construction.
The Canvas Instructor Guide site provides step-by-step instructions on the use of all Canvas tools, from an instructor perspective? Want to know how to send a message to your students? Look at the guide content on "Conversations"; need to review the steps for creating and deploying a quiz? Look at the guide content about "Quizzes". The value in this site is that since it is maintained by the folks as Instructure, as enhancements are made to the functionality of Canvas tools, the documentation will be brought up to date almost immediately. (Another way to access the support guide is to click on the Help link in the you once you have logged into Canvas.)
To help students get oriented to the new system, Edison University created an open Canvas site. While it is meant for students, instructors find it helpful as well.