Course Management

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Modules (Home) expanding section

Create a Module

  1. In your chosen course, select Modules.
  2. Click the + Module button at the top right corner.
  3. Give your Module a name.
    1. Examples: “Course Information”, "Week 1", "Lesson 3: Fractions", "Chapter 5: Spreadsheets", etc.
  4. Click Add Module.
    1.  Any additional modules you create will be added below existing modules.

Add Content to Module

  1. Click the + button to the right of the module to add content. The Add Item window will display.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select the type of content you want to add to your module.
    1. (Assignment, Quiz, File, Content Page, Discussion, Text Header, External URL, or External Tool).
  3. Click Add Item
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for any other content you want to add to this module.

    To add multiple files at one time, they must first be added to the file folder and then can be added to the module at one time. 
Announcements expanding section

Create a New Announcement

  1. In your chosen course, select Announcements.
  2. Click the + Announcement.
  3. Add a title.
  4. Add text content and/or links.
  5. Select any additional Options.
    1. Delay posting to publish at a future date. 
  6. Click Save.
  7. Announcement will be live.

Editing Announcements

  1. In your chosen course, select Announcements.
  2. Select the Announcement you will edit.
  3. Click the pencil Edit button.
  4. Update announcement and Save.

Deleting Announcements

  1. In your chosen course, select Announcements.
  2. On the right side of the Announcement you wish to delete, click the three vertical dots and select delete.
    1. To delete multiple announcements, check all the boxes of those you wish to delete and click the trashcan button on the top.
  3. A small popup asking you to confirm the deletion will appear.
  4. Click Delete.
Assignments expanding section

Create Assignments

  1. In your chosen course, select Assignments.
  2. Click the + Assignment button.
  3. Name/title the assignment.
  4. In the larger textbox (Rich Content Editor) below the Assignment Name, enter instructions for the assignment. Upload and link any files associated with the assignment from the right links, files or images.
  5. Enter the Points.
  6. Choose to add the assignment to an Assignment Group.
    1. Assignment Groups are used to assign weights to groups of graded course activities (e.g., all Homework is worth 20% of the final grade, the Midterm is worth 15% of the final grade, etc.).
  7. Display Grade As; points or percentage.
  8. Submission Type, choose how students will submit their assignment. 
    1. Text entry or file upload will open up the Plagiarism Review (Turnitin).
    2. Restrict Upload File Types will allow you to enter a list of accepted extensions.
  9. Set the Due Date.
  10. Use the Available from and Until to set date restrictions.
    1. If you do not wish to accept assignment submissions after the due date, set the Until date to be the same as your due date.
  11. Save & Publish or Save (draft to work on later).
Discussions expanding section

Create a Discussion

  1. In your chosen course, select Discussions. This will bring you to the Discussions Index page.
  2. Click the + Discussion button.
  3. Name/title the discussion.
  4. In the larger textbox (Rich Content Editor) below the Discussion Name, enter initial post.
  5. Add any files that are pertinent to your initial post. 
  6. Options:
    1. Allow threaded replies. This feature allows for unlimited nesting of discussion posts and replies.
    2. Users must post before seeing replies. 
    3. Graded checkbox if you’d like this Discussion to be a graded course activity. Checking this box will present a few extra options. 
  7. Set the Due Date.
  8. Use the Available from and Until to set date restrictions.
    1. If you do not wish to accept assignment submissions after the due date, set the Until date to be the same as your due date.
  9. Save & Publish or Save (draft to work on later).

 If the Graded checkbox was checked, then you’ll have the option to:

  1. Set the number of Points Possible.
  2. Set Display Grade.
  3. Set Assignment Group.
Grades expanding section

Grading in the gradebook

  1. In your chosen course, select Grades.
  2. Click the assignment cell located in the row of the student whose score you want to enter. 
  3. Type the new score in the cell and press Return or Enter. New scores save automatically. 

Grading with SpeedGrader

  1. In your chosen course, select Assignments. 
  2. Click the name of the assignment you want to grade. 
  3. In the upper right-hand side, you will see a link "SpeedGrader". 
  4. SpeedGrader allows you to comment and highlight documents without having to print them out. 
  5. You can also provide written, audio or video comments. 
  6. Or simply type in the grade.
  7. Click Submit and the number will automatically populate the gradebook.

Muting assignments prevents students from seeing when you start posting grades and feedback. Students will see when assignments are muted. 

Weighting grades

  1. In your chosen course, select Assignments. 
  2. Click +Group to create and assignment group. 
  3. Name the group and Save.
  4. Add assignments, quizzes, discussions to the appropriate group.
  5. Next to the + Assignment button, select the three vertical dots and Assignment Groups Weight. 
  6. Update percentages and Save.
People expanding section


The people tab allows you to see what students are enrolled in your course (inactive students have dropped).You can also see the last course activity and additional user details. 

You also have the capability to add additional teachers and TA's. Check out what access each role has

Syllabus expanding section

Add a Syllabus

  1. In your chosen course, select Syllabus.
  2. Click the pencil Edit button. 
  3. Copy and paste from a Word Doc into the Rich Content Editor OR insert a link to an uploaded Syllabus file. 
    1. For a linked Syllabus to open on the page, highlight the link and click the link chain button.
    2. Select Auto-open the inline preview for this link.
    3. Click Update Link.
  4. Click Update Syllabus.

Using a linked syllabus with the auto-open preview allows students to see it, but also the option of downloading to save or print. 

Course Summary

This section of the Syllabus page will auto-populate with graded items and their due dates.

Quizzes & tests expanding section

There are two different tools to create quizzes/tests in Canvas. They are not identical in use, check out the comparison chart to decide which one is going to work best for you.

Once you've decided, use the guides below:

Collaborations expanding section

Collaborations allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. With Office 365 integrated in Canvas, Collaborations can be created as Word, Excel, or Powerpoint.

Create a collaboration.

More Tools

Files expanding section

Upload a File

  1. In your chosen course, select Files.
  2. Click the Upload button.
  3. Browse for your desired file or folder and click Open. Canvas adds the file in the main Files directory unless you are in a specified folder.
  4. Select the file, and then click Open. In some browsers, you can drag and drop the files from your computer to Canvas.

To add a new folder, click + Folder on the right, type a name for it and click the check mark.

Students will only see files that you link and publish in modules, assignments, etc. They will not have access to the File tab in the navigation.

How do I view course files as an instructor?

Groups expanding section

Creating a group

  1. In your chosen course, select People.
  2. Click the + Group Set button at the top right corner.
  3. Create a project groups with a *specific name.
  4. Assign students to their working groups. Instructors choose to assign individuals in one of three ways:
    1. Automatically- Canvas will sort and assign for you!
    2. Manually.
    3. Students self select. 
  5. Click Save.

You can now create group assignments or group discussions within Canvas.

Each group will also have its own Canvas homepage where they can collaborate on projects and communicate with their group members.

* Students have a group tab in their global navigation that only shows the name of the group. To make it easier for them to navigate, include the course name or code at the beginning and then the group name.

What are Groups?

Attendance (Roll Call) expanding section

Taking attendance

Use these tips to set up the attendance tool. We recommend completing this before the start of your course. 

What is the Roll Call Attendance Tool?

Redirect Tool expanding section

Add an external link to course navigation with the Redirect Tool.

  1. Enable Redirect Tool through Settings> Apps> Select the curvy arrow.
  2. Name it. 
  3. Put in the external link you want it to go to. 
  4. Check Force open in new tab. 
  5. Add App.