Need to know!
Important - Pre-Semester Canvas Checklist!
- Set Your Home Page: Customize how you would like your home page to look. You can have it set to Modules, to your Syllabus Page, or can customize it, among other options. Here is the guide.
- Upload Your Syllabus: Use the Syllabus Page to upload your Course Syllabus to Canvas. Additionally, you may choose to add other content into the text area under the Course Syllabus heading. Here is the guide.
- Hide Unnecessary Course Navigation Links: Any Course Navigation links that you don’t intend to use in the course (ex: Chat) you should hide in the course menu. We suggest you hide the Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes links, so as to avoid confusion for students. Here is the guide.
- Set Your Assessment Group Weights: Under the Assignments tab, set your Assessment Group Weights for the semester so that your grade book accurately reflects how a student’s grade is assessed in your course. Here is the guide.
- Add Content for Your First Week: Add any Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, or Discussions that your students will need to access during the first week of class. Here is the guide.
- Hide Any Unnecessary Modules, Pages, or Assessment Items: Hide any content that you would not like visible to students at the start of the semester. Here is the guide for hiding modules and the guide for hiding pages.
- Check for Broken Links Within Your Course: Use the link validation tool to make sure that all of the links in your course are functioning properly. Here is the guide.
- Use Student View to Check Your Course: Use the Student View feature to make sure that the content of the course displays the way you’d like it to, and to make sure that only the content you wish to be visible to students is displaying. Here is the guide.
- Publish Your Course: Publish your course so that it becomes visible to students on their dashboards. Here is the guide.
- Send an Announcement: Let students know that you will be using Canvas this semester. The announcement will automatically be sent to their Bryant emails. Please note – your course must first be published in order for this function to work! Here is the guide.
WHAT IS CANVAS?
Canvas is a course management system that supports online learning and teaching. It allows professors to post grades, information, and assignments online. It is being used by universities and colleges all over the world.
Canvas offers a more user-friendly experience for students, staff, and faculty, and provides tools and features that can expand learning activities, improve assessment strategies, and provide new opportunities for collaboration. Program coordinators and Chairs will find the Outcomes Assessment features in Canvas particularly helpful in assessing course- and program level learning outcomes. Coordination of multi-section courses is also much easier for both instructors and course coordinators with tools to combine sections for to create “blueprints” for multiple sections.
Canvas’s mobile app for both instructors and students offer a huge improvement over other learning management systems. Apps are available for both iOS and Android.