Getting Started with Canvas

Canvas, CSU’s Learning Management System, helps instructors and students manage, deliver, and use course information and content. This collection of screencasts for instructors provides orientation and step-by-step instructions to get started using Canvas’ administrative and course content tools.

Canvas is a user-friendly system that it is easy to learn. The system is designed to make course creation and management easier, and the interactive tools are designed to enhance student engagement with learning content, with other students, and with instructors online. These screencasts provide an orientation and the knowledge of how the system and the tools work so that you can start using them to meet your teaching and learning objectives.

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Getting Started Screencasts

Canvas Tour of User Views (12:36)

This screencast walks you through four parts of Canvas, also known as views. These views include the Dashboard, Global View, Course View, and Student View.

Calendar & Schedule (13:17)

The Calendar is a global tool that keeps track of events and assignment due dates. You can use the Scheduler, a calendar tool, to create sign up sheets for meetings with students or student groups.

Course Settings (10:20)

Set or change features and functions that control how Canvas courses work. In Settings you can choose a grading standard, allow students to create their own discussions, customize navigation, combine course sections, and decide how other course administrative functions work.

Cross-Listing Sections (7:27)

This screencast walks you through how to cross-list or combine sections of the same course into one course. Cross-listing or combining courses allows you to share one copy of your course content with multiple sections of students. You will be able to communicate, assign work, and monitor the entire group and individual sections.

File Management (13:20)

Canvas allows you to add your own external documents, images, and media using Files.

Connected Tools (10:08)

In Canvas, the Calendar, Assignments, Grade Book, Syllabus, and Messaging are all connected. When you perform an action using any one of these tools, that action triggers actions in other tools.

Syllabus & Schedule (12:21)

Learn how to add and embed your course syllabus. You will also see how the Syllabus is connected to the Calendar and Assignments. These connections can help you build your course.

Attendance Tool – Roll Call (10:10)

In this screencast, you will learn about enabling and using the attendance tool. Roll Call creates a graded assignment and awards students with full points for perfect attendance. When absences are recorded, students lose points.

An Introduction to Assignments (12:55)

This introduction includes assignment settings, the assignments index page, groups, and differentiated assignments.

Groups & Peer Review (6:58)

These two features of the assignments tool allow you to structure and administer group and peer review assignments.

Assignment Rubrics (7:06)

This overview shows you how to create an assignment rubric for a graded assignment, and then how to use that rubric to help you grade the assignment in SpeedGrader.

Discussions (8:58)

Canvas’ Discussions tool provides all of the traditional online discussion functions and features. In addition, Canvas also allows you to empower students to create their own discussion prompts and forums.

Pages – Content Pages (10:31)

Present course content using a text editor and a content selector that allow you to create text and to link to and embed files, images, and media on a page.

Pages – Home Page (6:34)

By default, Canvas sets the home page to an activity stream that shows recent course activity. You can change the home page so that it displays the Modules index, the Assignments index, or the course Syllabus. You can also create a custom home page.

Modules (15:04)

Using Modules you pull together different content elements of the course and organize them chronologically or by theme. You can also use module settings to control the release of content to students.