Canvas 101 - Online Course

This self-paced course is designed to get you familiar with Canvas and provide you with some key take-aways that will get you up and running with your class. The course has been broken up into 7 modules, each of which contains resources to help you understand the given topic, along with how-to instructions. Upon completing this course, you will receive a Canvas Essentials digital badge.

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Canvas Support Documents

Canvas 1: Getting Started with Canvas

  • Setting up your home page
  • Managing Notification Settings
  • Creating or uploading a Syllabus
  • How to access Canvas Chat support

View Canvas 1 Doc

Canvas 2: Beyond the Basics

  • Using Canvas Commons 
  • Changing the main menu
  • Creating Assignments & Discussions
  • Using the Calendar

View Canvas 2 Doc

Canvas 3: Modules, Pages, and Assignments

  • Creating modules and adding multiple pieces of content to them
  • Best practices for building and designing modules
  • Using pages, assignments, & modules effectively

View Canvas 3 Doc

Canvas 4: Designing Your Homepage

  • Why a homepage is important 
  • What makes an effective homepage
  • Importing buttons and graphic assets from Commons to help build your page
  • Thinking through the lens of your students in terms of user experience

View Canvas 4 Doc

Canvas 5: Grades and SpeedGrader

  • Using and modifying the gradebook
  • Muting and unmuting assignment grades
  • Adding comments and markup to student submissions in SpeedGrader
  • Giving extra credit grades

View Canvas 5 Doc

5 Day Workouts - Online Courses

Learn something new in Canvas in just 20 minutes a day over 5 days. These workouts are designed to give you quick ideas for making the best use of Canvas. The 5 Day workouts are fully online and are facilitated by a member of the Teaching & Learning Innovations team.

  • Making Your Course Accessible to All Learners
  • Increasing Student Engagement in Canvas
  • Strategies for Responsive Teaching Online

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Drop-in Support

The T&LI team is also available for drop-in support at the FIT Studio (Solano 1201) Monday - Friday between 9:00AM and 4:00PM, or by appointment. You can also schedule an appointment with us. If you have any questions please contact  and we'll be happy to help answer them.

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