Canvas is a web-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. The basic tools used in a Canvas course includes a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, inbox and notifications, announcements, grades, quizzes, and assignments. Click on each of the links below to learn more.
There are multiple ways to communicate in your course. Some interactions include Announcements, Discussions, and Conversations.
Announcements (All class participants can see it)
- Click the appropriate Announcement title.
- Leave a reply for appropriate announcement.
Announcements are a way for teachers to communicate with students about course activities. Students can only create announcements in a group workspace.
Discussions (All class participants can see it)
Canvas provides an integrated system for focused and threaded discussions, which allows both teachers and students alike to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired.
- Click the appropriate Discussion title.
- Reply to a Discussion (links to more detailed instructions)
- Details about the Rich Content Editor
You can include media in your discussion posts using the steps outlined in the following links.
- Embed images in Discussions
- Embed 3rd party videos in Discussions
- Record videos for Discussions in Panopto (if allowed by Instructor)
Conversations (one or more recipients)
Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students.
- Click the Inbox link in the left side navigation bar.
- Enter a name, course, or group you would like to send a message to. Canvas does not support sending emails, this message can only be sent to the Inbox(s) of individuals that you pick in the dropdown menu.
- Write and send the message.
Assignments in Canvas are any online activity submission that is graded by the teacher. Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.) There are multiple ways to find your Assignments.
There are also many ways to keep track of when your assignments are due. You can:
- View the Recent Activity feed on your Dashboard.
- View the To-Do List on the right sidebar.
- View the Coming-Up feed on the right sidebar.
- View your Calendar.
- Hover over the Assignments link in the Global Navigation, and view the To Turn-In list.
- Locate and click on the Assignments navigation link, and view the Upcoming Assignments list.
- Locate and click on the Grades navigation link, select the appropriate course, and view your Assignments list with corresponding grades.
Assignments in Canvas are any online activity submission that is graded by the instructor. Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.) There are multiple ways to submit your Assignments.
Submit your assignment
- Select the assignment that needs a submission.
- Click the +Submit Assignment button.
- Select submission type tab (File Upload, Google Doc, Text Entry, etc.)
- Upload assignment.
- Click the Submit button.
- Wait until you see the Submission ✓Turned In! message.
Quizzes is a Canvas tool that allows your instructor to create question-based assessments for you to practice, demonstrate knowledge and/or skills, express opinions, preferences, and more.
How do I use Quizzes?
- How do I take a quiz? (Links to an external site.)
- How do I answer each type of question in a quiz? (Links to an external site.)
- (Links to an external site.)How do I submit a quiz? (Links to an external site.)
- How do I view quiz results as a student? (Links to an external site.)
- How do I know if I can retake a quiz? (Links to an external site.)
Additional Quiz Tools
- Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents students from going to other URLs, switching applications, taking screenshots, copying questions or printing while you take a Canvas quiz. Learn More. (Links to an external site.)
- Honorlock is an online proctoring solution that does not require scheduling. Learn More. (Links to an external site.)
- ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows exam takers to complete their assessment at home. Learn More (Links to an external site.).
You can navigate to your grades on Canvas assignments by using the course navigation or global navigation menus.
NOTE: Official Grades will be posted in Banner.
Check Your Grades in Canvas
- Click the Grades link in Dashboard at the bottom right of the screen.
- Click on the name of the course in blue to view a specific course.
- View grades.
See Instructor Feedback
Your instructor may choose to include comments directly in an assignment submission using inline comments, or annotations. If an assignment's submission details page includes a View Feedback button, you can view these annotated comments through a preview tool called Canvas DocViewer. You can also use Canvas DocViewer to reply to any comments or make your own annotations.
- Open Grades
- Click the title of an assignment.
- Click the View Feedback button.
Submit Peer Reviews
A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other. Peer reviews can be assignment to show student names or display anonymously.
Instructors have the option of marking an assignment for peer review. You will be required to submit your assignment before reviewing your peers assignments.
To Submit a Peer Review:
- Click the Assignments link or within a course module.
- Locate and click the Assignment title.
- Click the name of the assigned peer whose work you will be reviewing.
- View the peer review. You must submit at least one comment to complete the peer review. If you want to submit annotations, click on the preview icon.
- Remember, when completing a peer review, students cannot see the teacher's comments or their peer's comments on the submission.
Learn more about peer reviewing assignments in Canvas
- What is a Peer Review Assignment? (Links to an external site.)
- How do I submit a Peer Review Assignment? (Links to an external site.)
- How will I know if I have a Peer Review Assignment to complete? (Links to an external site.)
- Where can I find my feedback on a Peer Review? (Links to an external site.)
- Helpful tips for Peer Reviews
Groups are like a smaller version of your course and are used as a collaborate tool where you can work with your classmates on group projects and assignments. You can create your own groups, and your teacher may create and add you to course groups.
Your teacher must assign groups in order for you to participate in a group workspace. Please note that the group workspace is different from the entire class's Canvas areas.
To Participate in a Group:
- Locate the Groups icon on the left side navigation bar.
- Click to see the Groups in which you are enrolled. Groups will appear to the right of course enrollments.
- You will only see groups if you are enrolled in at least one group.
What can I do with Groups?
Within groups, students can:
- View the groups list (Links to an external site.)
- View the groups they are enrolled in (Links to an external site.)
- Join (Links to an external site.) a student group
- Create (Links to an external site.) a student group
- Store and share Files (Links to an external site.)
- Start a Discussion (Links to an external site.)
- Send a message (Links to an external site.)
- Create group collaborations (Links to an external site.)
If you are concerned about group work, find helpful tips in the how to be successful at group work online (Links to an external site.) page.