Using Canvas and other external collaboration tools
Remote Learning Planner - Transitioning from F2F to Canvas LMS
Transitioning from F2F to Remote Learning
This handy Remote Learner Planner for Canvas to help faculty make the transition from F2F to Remote Learning using the Canvas LMS.
It lays out Steps, includes Planning Templates (Plan and Implementation), and has direct links to the most frequently needed training portal material
- - Modules
- - Pages
- - Discussions
- - Assignments
- - Quizzes
- - Canvas Community
Videos and Training Courses in Canvas Training Portal:--- Teachers ---
- Video: K12 First Day Ready - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/programs/40/
- Course: Opening Canvas - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/188/
- Video: Concepts of a Module (K-12) - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/184/
- Video: The Rich Content Editor (K-12) - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/183/
- Video: Announcements in Canvas (K-12) - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/193/
- Video: Creating Assignments (K12) - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/195/
- Course: Creating Quizzes - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/265/
- Course: Getting Started with Assignments and Assessments - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/162/
- Course: Grading and Feedback - https://subscriptiontraining.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/163/
Canvas System Requirements
The hardware requirements for Canvas are driven by browser requirements. Canvas always supports the current and first previous major release. Any computer at a minimum should support one of these browser versions:
- Chrome 83 and 84
- Firefox 77 and 78
- Edge 83 and 84
- Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)
Any computer produced in the last decade can run these browsers. Chrome is our preferred browser. It requires Windows 7 or later or OS X 10.10. PCs and Macs produced after 2009 support these versions. Many computers produced before 2009 will also support it.
Another method, but not as ideal as a full computer, is an iPad or Android tablet. Both platforms have access to the Canvas app in their respective stores. There a just a couple of courses that have Flash animations in them now. Students won’t be able to see those animations on a tablet. Students will see text in place of the animations, so it won’t stop them from working.
Students will need audio to observe live instruction. A camera and microphone will be required if they are going to respond via video. Chat responses are an option for response. While a camera and microphone are preferable, lack of one will not prevent a student from engaging in live instruction.
Other Handy Videos
This course was developed in direct response to the needs of Canvas clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join this session for a quick start guide that will cover what we consider the essentials of getting an “on the ground” course into Canvas. Watching this will give you an upper hand on supporting students and teachers as they transition to digitally facilitated distance learning.
In this video, you will learn about navigating through Canvas and managing your dashboard and sidebar. Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas; they are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements. Depending on your institution's Canvas theme, the Canvas interface may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.
Need help setting up, using, and understanding assignments in Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to create an assignment, how to create LTI assignments (with things like Google and Turnitin), how to create an assignment that is assigned to a specific section, and how to create extra credit assignments.
Need help setting up quizzes in Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to create a quiz, managing quiz settings in Canvas, creating specific question types, using questions from a questions bank, and more.
Need help understanding and using Gradebook within Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to read Gradebook icons, how to export Gradebook, how to use gpb/sync, how to excuse assignments, how to leverage Gradebook settings
The Instructional Design team launched their first Ready-Made Template in September 2018 to "help reduce stress load, encourage growth, and help course creators design an engaging Canvas experience by turning a blank course shell into a fill-in-the-blank Canvas course." It’s been a tremendous success and users across the board have loved this addition to the Instructional Design services. Templates are intentionally designed to incorporate best practices (aligning with principles from the Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0) and are easy to use. To learn more about Ready-Made Templates, join us for this session.
Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor
This page will provide you with some essential resources so you can create an account, familiarize yourself with Canvas, create a new course, and add content to that course.
For a visual representation of how to get started with Canvas as an instructor, view the Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor Flowchart PDF.
To watch a short video series on setting up a new Canvas course, view Set up your Canvas course in 30 minutes or less.
The Canvas Instructor Guide has over 600 lessons that each answer a question that relates to using the Canvas interface as an instructor. Included below is a selection of lessons that will introduce you to the basics of Canvas usage. Each lesson also includes Next and Previous links so you can easily navigate to related content.
Before you can do anything in Canvas, you'll need an account and the URL for your institution's Canvas website. View the lessons below for help with setting up your account, logging in, and managing your user settings.
- How do I sign up for a Canvas account as an instructor?
- How do I log in to Canvas as an instructor?
- How do I change the settings in my user account as an instructor?
Once your account is set up, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Canvas user interface. The lessons below will show you how to navigate Canvas and use a few of the tools that link across all your courses.
- How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor?
- How do I use the Global Navigation Menu as an instructor?
- How do I use the Inbox as an instructor?
- How do I use the Calendar as an instructor?
Canvas provides several tools that allow you to create a course and add content for your students. View the lessons below for information on setting up your Canvas course.
- How do I use the Course Setup Checklist?
- How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor?
- How do I add a section to a course as an instructor?
- How do I publish a course?
- How do I set details for a course?
- How do I use course settings?
Each course includes various features where you can share course content, hold discussions, assign coursework, grade student submissions, and much more. View the lessons below for some of the basics of Canvas courses.
- How do I use the Dashboard as an instructor?
- How do I create an assignment?
- How do I assign an assignment to everyone in a course?
- How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?
- How do I use the Course Navigation Menu as an instructor?
- How do I use the Syllabus as an instructor?
- How do I create a discussion as an instructor?
- How do I use Files as an instructor?
- How do I use the Gradebook?
- How do I add a module?
- How do I create a new page in a course?
- How do I add users to a course?
- How do I edit user roles in a course?
- How do I create a quiz with individual questions? (Classic Quizzes)
- How do I create an assessment using New Quizzes?
- How do I add and modify text in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I get to SpeedGrader from an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion?
- How do I use SpeedGrader?
Canvas Teacher App
Canvas also has a free mobile app available for iOS and Android that is specifically tailored to instructors. View information about the Teacher app below.
- How do I download the Teacher app on my iOS device?
- How do I log in to the Teacher app on my iOS device?
- How do I use the Teacher app on my iOS device?
- How do I download the Teacher app on my Android device?
- How do I log in to the Teacher app on my Android device?
- How do I use the Teacher app on my Android device?
Canvas is built to support online education, allowing teachers to connect with their students to promote learning anytime, anywhere. In the face of recent urgency, educators can leverage Canvas with easy-to-use, effective, and customizable solutions to support students remotely. To help you prepare, we’ve curated a list of recommendations and resources to get the most from Canvas during this time.
Flowchart to help instructors get started in Canvas