Welcome to the Canvas Training Page

A committee of 27 faculty, staff and students, representing the major academic departments on campus, as well as information technology services, attended presentations by multiple learning management system (LMS) vendors, explored features of the individual systems within "sandboxes," and consulted colleagues in their home departments and at other institutions, in order to choose the next LMS. We asked questions in both the instructional and IT arenas regarding the ease of migration and use of the systems that were considered. After deliberations over the summer and fall semesters, the committee selected Canvas as its overwhelming choice.

Please contact Open Campus to create your course shell for you if one has not been created for you.

To get started on creating and utilizing your Canvas course, go to the Canvas Instructor Guide for simple step-by-step instructions on various topics. On the far right pane you will notice a list of chapters that are broken down by topic to quickly find help.
DO NOT print any of the guides, these are huge files. They are searchable and very web friendly.


General Admission Workshops:

Workshop Descriptions

Go the the CAT calendar to see when workshops are offered.

Workshop Handouts:

Workshop 1: Modules & Assignments

Workshop 2: Quizzes

Workshop 3: Grades (Gradebook) & Assignments

Workshop 4: Communication Tools

Workshop 5: Collaborating with Canvas

Workshop 6: Designing and Using Rubrics

A few quick links to get you started:

How do I login to Canvas?

How do I start building my course? (A video that includes a brief look at how the grade book works).

How do I create a new module?

How do I add items to modules?

How do I add a file to my course?

Where is the front page and how do I edit it?

What types of media files can be uploaded into Canvas?

How do I access my course calendar?

Quick Reminders:

  • For online courses, it is very important to specify what your response time will be to student issues. Having a protracted response time has two major benefits
  • It allows other students to help. You may wish to establish a discussion area in your course named "I am having a problem" so that other students can answer the student's question (make sure you emphasize that this site is for non-personal issues).
  • The students may find out the answers to their questions on their own.

Importance of clearly stated objectives (From 1:10-1:28)

Need to follow principles of good online behavior, e.g. Netiquette.

In addition to following the critical elements of the syllabus as specified by the professional committee of the college senate, you may wish to state your educational philosophy AND why you consider this course to be important to the students. Motivation is key to student success. Knowing WHY the course is important, more than that it is a requirement, is important to student motivation.