Canvas Basics

This page describes the essential basics of Canvas for the instructor who only needs to upload a syllabus and readings.

Canvas is a big toolbox. Use the tools you need. Don't worry about the rest.

1. How do I request a Canvas Site?

2. How do I log in?

3. How do I get around in Canvas?

  • The front page (Dashboard) has recent activity and your “To Do” list.
  • The global menu at the top gets you to your Courses and your Calendar.
  • The help corner in the upper right has help and your
    inbox and personal settings.
  • Within a course site:
    • The left sidebar has course navigation.
    • The right sidebar has tools for the page you’re on.

4. How do I post my syllabus?

See the video tutorial for creating an active syllabus.

  • Course navigation > Syllabus > Edit Syllabus Description.
  • You can post a syllabus file using (right sidebar) Insert Content into this Page > Files.

5. How do I post readings?

See more about Files, Modules, and Pages.

  • To upload multiple files at once, drag your files from your desktop and drop them into
    Course navigation > Files. Then add a link to each file in Modules or Pages.
  • Or you can add upload one file at a time into Modules or Pages.

6. How do I view my site as a student?

  • Course navigation > Settings > (right sidebar) Student View.

7. How do I manage my navigation menu?

  • Course navigation > Settings > Navigation (tab).

8. How do I send messages to my students?

  • Make an announcement using Course navigation > Announcements.
  • Or start a Conversation by sending a message from Help Corner > Inbox.
  • Or send email to your Class Mailing List (available through Courses inTouch).

9. How do I control the flow of notifications?

  • Help Corner > Settings > Notifications

10. How do I copy content from one site to another?

  • Course navigation > Settings > (right sidebar) Import Content into this Course.

11. How do I get help?

  • Help Corner > Help

12. Where can I learn more about Canvas?