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Canvas Information

Canvas Information

This page contains information on basic Canvas functions, and avenues for faculty assistance. Wanda Coyle offered two initial work sessions at the UNCSA Library for faculty needing Canvas help on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17. Additional consultation information is available below.

Contacts

  • Wanda Coyle is available for consultation.
  • Rich Holland is available for remote consultation via email.
  • UNCSA Library staff are prepared to assist faculty with Canvas, both in operational questions and in adding digital materials to Canvas courses.

School Canvas Liaisons

Canvas Cheat Sheet

Logging into Canvas

  • Navigate to uncsa.edu/canvas
  • Click the "Activate / Reset Password" link that appears below the Username and Password fields.
  • On the next screen, type your UNCSA Canvas username (for students, this will be the first half of your email address, everything before the "@" sign). Then click "Request Password."
  • Follow the instructions you get in your email.  If you don’t receive an email right away, please check your clutter and/or you junk e-mail.

Common mistakes that sometimes occur when logging into Canvas:

  • Going to the wrong URL, such as canvas.instructure.com instead of the UNCSA Canvas page uncsa.edu/canvas
  • Typing the email address in the username field, instead of the username.
  • "Clutter" or "spam" features in the email software preventing the password reset message from being delivered to the inbox. 

Please contact coylew@uncsa.edu or hollandr@uncsa.edu if you have difficulty logging into Canvas

Adding content in Canvas

In Canvas, the best way to organize content is by using Modules. You can organize content by chapters, by weeks, by unit, by the type of content, etc.  Here are screenshots for organizing content by chapters and by type of content (please note that the content in several modules is collapsed so that several modules could be shown):

By chapter
Adding content to Canvas by chapter

By type of content
Adding content to Canvas by type

Create a Module

  • Click on Modules in the menu on the left
  • Click the +Module button on the top right
  • Name the Module and click Add Module.
  • At this point, the Module is UNpublished. Don’t forget to publish it by clicking the to the right when you’re ready for students to see it. 

Add a document to a Module

  • Click the plus sign on the right in the appropriate module
  • Click the down arrow to access the list of items that can be added to a module and choose File.
  • Click on New File
  • Click the Choose File (or Browse) button, then navigate to the document you would like to upload and double click it
  • Click Add Item (Note that files are automatically published)

Add a Content Page (necessary for uploading a video)

  • Click the plus sign on the right in the appropriate module
  • Click the down arrow to access the list of items that can be added to a module and choose Content Page.
  • Click on New Page
  • Name the Page and click Add Item (note that the content page is UNpublished at this point)

Add a Video to a Content Page (This is for adding videos that you have created or that are saved on your computer)

  • Click on the Content Page that you created
  • Click the Edit button on the top right
  • In the tool bar that’s shown, click on the play icon (If you hover over the icon, it says record/upload media)
  • Click on the Upload Media tab
  • Click on Select Video file
  • Navigate to the video you want and double click it
  • Click Save and Publish (or just Save if the page is already published or you’re not ready to publish)

Add a YouTube video to a Content Page

  • Click on the Content Page that you created
  • Click the Edit button on the top right
  • Type any text that you want in the editing window and place your cursor in the spot where you want the video
  • Click the YouTube icon
  • Search for the video you want
  • Click Embed
  • Click Save and Publish (or just Save if the page is already published or you’re not ready to publish)

Add a TedEd video to a Content Page

  • Click on the Content Page that you created
  • Click the Edit button on the top right
  • Type any text that you want in the editing window and place your cursor in the spot where you want the video
  • Click the More External Tools Icon and choose TedEd
  • Search for the video you want
  • Click Embed
  • Click Save and Publish (or just Save if the page is already published or you’re not ready to publish)

Upload a file to a Content Page

  • Click on the Content Page that you created
  • Click the Edit button on the top right
  • Type any text that you want in the editing window and place your cursor in the spot where you want the document
  • On the upper right-hand side of the page, click on the Files tab
  • Click +Upload a new file
  • Click Choose File/Browse, then navigate to the document you would like to upload and double click it
  • Click Upload
  • Click Save and Publish (or just Save if the page is already published or you’re not ready to publish)

Add an Assignment to a Module

  • Click the plus sign on the right in the appropriate module
  • Click the down arrow to access the list of items that can be added to a module and choose Assignment.
  • Click on New Assignment
  • Name the Assignment, then click Add Assignment
  • You will now be back in the Modules page. Click on the Assignment that you just created
  • Click Edit in the upper right-hand corner
  • Add a description of the assignment in the box at the top of the page
  • Enter a point value for the assignment in the box provided
  • Change submission type to Online and select the appropriate option
  • Enter a due date for the assignment
  • Click Save and Publish
  • If you need to edit the assignment after you have saved and published it, click on the name of the assignment in the module and then click edit. Don’t forget to click save after making the necessary edits.

Using Zoom in Canvas (Added Mar. 22, 2020)

Please view the following video for instructions on how to add Zoom to your Canvas courses, schedule Zoom meetings, and post links to recordings of Zoom meetings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQGSZnmM1_c

Using Zoom in Canvas

View Jason Romney's tutorial on using Zoom in Canvas

 

Grading assignments

  • Click assignments.
  • Click on the assignment you wish to grade.
  • On the right-hand side of the page, click on SpeedGrader
  • Use the toolbar at the top of the page to make comments on the student’s submission. There’s also a highlight tool and a strike-out tool available to edit the student’s assignment.
  • On the right-hand side of the page, assign points to the assignment (if you gave it points) and add an overall comment if you want.
  • Press the right arrow in the top right-hand corner beside the student’s name to proceed to the next student’s submission
  • Grading assignments using SpeedGrader automatically sends grades to the gradebook for easy reference

Cross-Listing: Combining Sections/Courses

If you have multiple sections or different levels of the same course, you should consider “Cross-Listing” them. Cross-Listing allows you to post content, create assignments, and manage course data in only one course. Please note that once you have cross-listed courses, you will no longer be able to see the individual courses. All students in the cross-listed sections will show up in one course.   

The following video gives a clear demonstration for cross-listing courses:

Cross-Listing Course Sections

Here are step-by-step instructions:

  • Open the course that you wish to be the “parent” or “main” class, that is, the one that will house all of the remaining courses/sections
  • Click on “Settings” at the bottom of your Contents Menu (left side of page)
  • Locate the SIS ID number. Highlight and copy that number
  • Click on Dashboard to once again show all of your courses
  • Open the course you wish to cross-list
  • Click on “Settings” at the bottom of your Contents Menu (left side of page)
  • Click the “Sections” Tab at the top of the page
  • Click on the name of the course or the section number that appears under Course Sections
  • Click the “Cross-List This Section” button (on the right)
  • Paste the SIS ID from the “parent” course in the Course ID field (the course name/section should appear below this field)
  • Click on the green “Cross-List This Section” button

You will need to repeat these steps to cross-list other courses/sections into the parent course.

Discussions

The links below provide information on creating whole class and group discussions in Canvas.

Other Canvas functions

If you have questions about other Canvas functions, you may search through the Table of Contents of the Canvas Instructor Guide.