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Canvas

Getting Started with Canvas

Log in to Canvas at canvas.iu.edu

Create your Assignments first

  1. Decide how you will assess the students in your class.
  2. Select the Assignments tool and create all your assignments for your course regardless of whether they are discussions, quizzes, or inline and attachment type assignments.
  3. Once you have created your assignments you will notice that Canvas has automatically populated all the other tools connected to your assignments.
    1. Syllabus will contain the Course Schedule with the due dates you entered for the assignments.
    2. Quizzes will be listed in the quizzes tool.
    3. Discussions will contain the discussion assignments.
    4. Calendar will contain all the due dates.
    5. Gradebook will contain all the gradeable items.

Resources to Get You Started

  1. Canvas Instructor Orientation a self-paced tutorial to help instructors learn how to use Canvas. To complete the tutorial, click Join this Course in the upper right corner of the page.
  2. Canvas Instructor Overview a self-paced tutorial to familiarize instructors with the basic need-to-know tools and features of Canvas. To complete the tutorial, click Join this Course in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Give Teaching a Boost with Canvas handout from the Adjunct Faculty Dinner with some short notes on items to try in Canvas.
  4. Up and Running with Canvas a video overview through Lynda.com.
  5. Check your browser
  6. Canvas Instructor Quickstart Guide
  7. Canvas Student Quickstart Guide
  8. Canvas Video Guide – Short video segments highlighting specific tools and actions in Canvas.
  9. Recorded Overview of Canvas by Chérie Dodd and Kim Murday.
  10. In Canvas, what capabilities are available? Canvas offers several tools and capabilities not available in Oncourse.

Resources to Get Your Students Started

  1. Canvas Accessibility Statement
  2. Check your browser
  3. Communicate with your instructor and peers
  4. Submitting your assignment
  5. Checking your grades

About Mobile Apps (Applications)

There are two apps available from Apple Application Store or Google Play.

1. Canvas

  1. For Android phones or tables you need the Android 4.0.3 or higher OS.
  2. For iPhones, iPads, or iPods you will need the 7.0 or higher iOS.
  3. When you login to the app use iu.instructure.com as the school.

2. Canvas SpeedGrader

  1. Only works on tablets (iOS 5 or higher) and is designed for instructors.  You must be an instructor in at least one course in order to be able to use the app.
  2. When you login to the app use iu.instructure.com as the school.

Contact ctla@iuk.edu if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation or additional assistance.

Last updated: 05/25/2016