The Canvas Community
Canvas offers access to a repository of training materials aimed at helping users get the most out of the community. Users can ask questions, share answers, browse tips & tricks, review common FAQs, and learn from with community tutorials with step-by-step instructions.
We recommend that you use the resources below to begin learning Canvas and to plan your migration before Summer 2018. Instructional use of SmartSite ended after spring term 2017. SmartSite will only be available for direct access to past course materials for migration purposes through June 2018.
Faculty & Instructor Resources
There are several options available for instruction on the use of Canvas.
Self-service Guide to Getting Started with Canvas
Click or touch the headings below to view links to training and knowledge resources provided by Instructure.
- Designing Your Course
How do I navigate a Canvas course?
How do I use the dashboard?
How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
How do I access my profile and user settings?
How do I add an additional email address in Canvas?
More on Profile and User Settings…
Add Your Syllabus
Add & Organize Files
How do I add a File to my course?
How do I organize and move my Files?
Where are my personal Files?
Where are my course Files?
How do I create a folder in Files?
How do I do I lock Files and Folders?
How do I preview a File?
More on Files…
Customize Your Home Page
Organize with Modules
Rich Content Editor
- Assignments and Grading
Working with Assignments
How do I add Assignment Groups?
How do I add an Assignment to an Assignment Group?
How do I edit Assignments details?
How do I add content to my Assignment?
How do I add a grading scheme to an Assignment?
How do I weight the final grade based on Assignment Groups?
How do I create a Rubric?
How do I add a Rubric to an Assignment?
How do I evaluate group work?
How do I create a peer review Assignment?
More on Assignments…
Working with Grades
What are Grades and the Gradebook?
What do the icons and colors in the Gradebook represent?
Where can I find the student view of the Gradebook?
How do I curve Grades in the Gradebook?
How do I give my students extra credit?
How do I hide totals in my students’ grade summaries?
How do I view Assignment details in the Gradebook?
How do I enter and edit scores in the Gradebook?
How do I leave comments for students in the Gradebook?
How do I mute an Assignment in the Gradebook?
More on the Gradebook…
What is the Calendar?
How do I set a different Calendar Event for each section in my course?
How do I add an event to the Course Calendar?
How do I create an Assignment shell from the Calendar?
How do I change the date of an Event or Assignment on the Calendar?
When would I use the Scheduler?
How do I use the Scheduler?
How do I limit the number of appointments a student can sign up for within an Appointment Group?
More on the Calendar…
What are Quizzes?
What are the different types of Quizzes?
How do I create a new Quiz with individual questions?
How do I create a multiple choice question?
How do I create a true-false question?
How do I create a fill-in-the-blank question?
How do I create a multiple dropdown question?
How do I randomize the order of the questions on my quiz?
How do I make a Quiz available before or after the due date?
More on Quizzes…
What are Announcements?
How do I make an Announcement?
How do I disable comments in Announcements for the entire course?
How do I set my notifications preferences so that I receive an immediate email confirming that my announcement was sent?
More on Announcements…
What is the Conversations inbox?
How do I adjust my notification preferences for conversations?
How do I compose and send a message?
How do I reply to a message in Conversations?
How do I send a message to the entire class?
How do I filter Conversations?
More on Conversations…
- Mobile Devices
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