Style Guide: Online District Content

Style guidelines for district-created content can create a cohesive experience between district content. This consistent experience makes the content itself the focus of the audience and not the formatting or structure of the course or page.


Course Composition

Different courses serve differing functions. The course type depends on the audience, the content of the course, and the technical expertise of the audience/author. If you are uncertain of the type of course feel free to consult with eLearning 

Course Construction

Page-based Navigation

        District/school-branded Home Page>subpages organized in hidden modules

6-12 Syllabus suggestions/guidance

Rely on Course Navigation and “Next” and “Previous” buttons

Homepage (front-page) to Modules

        District/school-branded Home Page>modules

        6-12 Syllabus suggestions/guidance

        Time-based or sequential units of study as Modules, title by content not time

Student-facing content

Course construction as mentioned above, page-based navigation or homepage to modules.
Modules can be
shared and updated to Commons.

Teacher-facing content

Homepage to modules, may include teachers enrolled as HCSD Staff for limited editing access.

Course or modules can be copied by teachers.

{BluePrint Courses} 2018-2019; pilot with select social studies content.

Course License/Visibility

Course Settings


The guiding principle is that less is more with Course Navigation.

Active navigation choices in this order: Home, Announcements, Modules (as needed), Redirect tool (as needed)

Examples of Redirect Tool use may include “Meet the Teacher” link pointing toward TeacherSites.


Consider a similar-looking landing/starting page first in each module which may include HallCo lesson elements for the module/unit.

Pages (aside from Home and as possible), quizzes, files, assignments should be contained within Modules. Modules should be comprised of similar type and number of items as possible.

Keep Modules to similar lengths when possible.


Standardized and consistent headings. Consider a naming convention and reuse it with a variation throughout the content.

Length should be consistent between pages and limit scrolling.

Use of tables should be consistent in all rich text editors.

As possible, do not include buttons or links for navigation of course; instead utilize the Course Navigation and/or browser.

Content created July 2018+ should run Accessibility Checker on pages. Read General Accessibility Design Guidelines.


Homepages should not contain temporary or time-sensitive links year-round; for instance “snow day” links should only be visible for a period before and after the actual event.

Include participant instructions/directions on Homepage.


Use black text primarily. Multiple text colors should be used sparingly, if at all.

Text Headers should be used whenever possible (for accessibility) instead of manually varying font sizes.

Sans serif fonts such as Ariel and Verdana are preferred. If you want a serif font, Georgia was also created for screen reading.

Space between paragraphs instead of indenting is easier to read. If you must indent use the tab key or increase button in the Canvas Rich Content Editor.


The maximum width of tables should be 3 to 4 columns. Length should be consistent between pages and should minimize scrolling.

Background should be white.

Borders, not required, if present should be black and default width.


Use Hall County images and colors.


Images are consistent in type (illustration, photo, etc) throughout the unit of instruction/course follow the spirit of creative commons/royalty-free images.

Provide an “Alternate Text” for any image you add to a course. A consistent naming convention through the course is helpful.

Have/Create two versions of the same image in files for each course named “course image” and “catalog image.”

Course Image Size 262 x 146
Catalog Image Size 768 x 1050



Use school images and colors.

Post Image Size 768 x 1050