This page is meant to provide quick support for those faculty who are not regular users of Canvas (our learning management system) but need to have some plans in place for continuity of instruction in the event of a disruption to services. Be sure to contact Melissa Queen to sign up for Canvas 101 for more in depth training if you haven’t completed this mandatory Canvas requirement.
In the mean time:
- Develop your plan and then communicate with your students before there are any issues whenever possible. Students need to know where to look for information from you and how soon you will make it available in the event of a disruption. Note: Accommodations must be met, even in an online environment. Self help accessibility resources are available (New!) as is Debi Evans (Accessibility Instructional Support).
- Advisors: Use your advising shell to communicate with students. Use Canvas Conferences for virtual advising sessions. See Diana Herrmann for Advisor Shell information and support.
- Every instructional course in the eSchedule has a Canvas shell and the lead instructors automatically are added.
- After login, click on the dashboard card for a specific course to begin adding content.
- Below are links to the Canvas guides for the major elements used to provide content to students. If you want to search for other than what is list here, you can search in the Instructure Canvas Guides by keyword.
- Create a module – how content is organized
- Publish a module
- Add items to a module – adding shortcuts to each item
- Add a Word Doc
- Add a PDF
- Create a page
- Publish a page
- Set the Course Home Page
- Set course-level navigation – hide “content building tabs” once items are linked to in the modules
- Create a discussion – graded/ungraded
- Publish a discussion
- Create an assignment – graded item
- Publish an assignment
- Create a basic quiz – graded or ungraded (survey)
- Publish a quiz
- Lockdown Browser and Monitor – Cheating prevention and proctoring (Respondus Monitor requires a webcam) –
- Respondus Guides Students (add language/links to your course)
- Create an announcement
- Create a virtual meeting– like Zoom
- Run a virtual meeting – Canvas Conferences (a.k.a. Big Blue Button)
- Use Canvas Messaging (the Inbox) – like email
- Office365 Files Integration
Faculty accounts must be requested for new hires. If you team teach, the lead instructor manually adds the secondary instructor (contact eLearning for help). Clustered sections can be merged under certain situations and must be requested prior to adding content. Instructors add content and publish everything (students can only see what is published). Students are added to the courses automatically 7 days prior to the start of the quarter. If a brand new student registers today, they won’t be able to have access to Canvas until tomorrow (it is an overnight process to authenticate). Canvas updates all other changes from SMS every two hours.