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The Canvas learning management platform allows faculty and students to share all class resources in one place. To learn more, visit our Canvas 101 courses.

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Canvas 101 & help

Our immersive Canvas 101 training courses are full of instructions, links, and videos that we've tailored to you. They expand upon all of the other topics mentioned in this article, and more.

Topics covered


  • Canvas Navigation
  • Welcome to Canvas!
  • General Accessibility in Canvas
  • Canvas Screen Reader / Keyboard-Only Users
  • Start Your Semester Right (Checklist)
  • Organizing the Dashboard
  • Checking Which Classes I Am In
  • Canvas Course Navigation
  • Communicating in Canvas with your instructor and peers
  • Canvas App for Mobile Devices
  • What's New
  • Atomic Search
  • Personalizing Canvas
  • Profile, Profile Picture, and Settings
  • Notifications
  • Allowing Google Access
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Canvas Activities
  • Assignments
  • SimCheck - Plagiarism Detection
  • Google and Canvas
  • Discussions
  • Quizzes
  • HonorLock for Students Class
  • Groups
  • Canvas Resources
  • Grades
  • Reporting a problem
  • Searching Help Guides
  • Clearing the browser cache (PC)
  • Clearing the browser cache (Mac)
  • Additional Technology Assistance
  • Google Drive
  • VoiceThread
  • VidGrid
  • Zoom course
  • Blended and Online Student Resources: Are You Ready To Be An Online Learner?
  • Top 5 Tips to be a successful online student
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • Establish a good workspace
  • Be able to communicate through writing
  • Know your technology
  • Stay connected with your instructor
  • Online Learner Survey
  • Hardware and Software Requirements
  • Operating system and software


  • Accessing Support
  • Contact Support
  • YCP Canvas Support for Students
  • Design, Build, and Teach using the LMS (you must enroll to view content)
  • YCP Training Sessions
  • Video Library
  • Checklists
  • Power up your Canvas course this semester (Pre-Semester Checklist)
  • End of Semester Canvas Checklist
  • Going Green With Canvas!
  • Training Copy Text Example
  • Making Canvas work for You
  • Personal Pronoun Support
  • Canvas Mobile Access (Teacher App)
  • How to Print a Photo Class Roster (PDF)
  • What's New
  • Students Can Annotate PDF File Assignments
  • Atomic Search
  • Building your course
  • Adding Content to Your Course
  • Adding or Importing course content
  • Direct Share or "Send To..." (share assignments, quizzes, discussions, and pages with colleagues)
  • "Copy to.." another section (share assignments, quizzes, discussions, and pages with other sections you own)
  • Creating New Content (Pages)
  • Rich Content Editor
  • Adding Your Syllabus: Course Syllabus
  • Organizing Your Course
  • Designing, Building, and Teaching using the LMS
  • Choosing a Home Page Layout
  • Customizing the Left-Hand Navigation
  • Leveraging Modules
  • Special Notes
  • Cross-listing (Merging) Courses
  • Checking Links Links to an external site.
  • Accessibility
  • Accessibility Guidelines and My Course
  • Accessibility in Canvas
  • Accessibility Quick Charts
  • Immersive Reader Tool (Screen Reader)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and WC3 WCAG Guidelines
  • Building Your Assignments and Activities (This establishes the Gradebook!)
  • Types of Assignments
  • Faculty Introduction to Canvas Gradebook
  • Faculty Introduction to Canvas Quizzes
  • Create Assignments and Grade Columns
  • Grouping Assignments (Allows for weighting or grouping of info)
  • Types of Assignments
  • Designing Discussions
  • Adding Assessments (Quizzes or Surveys)
  • Assignments Shell
  • Setting Up Peer Reviews Links to an external site.
  • Leveraging Rubrics
  • Assessing Assignments and Activities
  • The Gradebook
  • Faculty Introduction to Canvas Gradebook Course - What to do before, during, and after the semester
  • Notes on Annotations in Canvas
  • Managing Students and Maintaining Course Presence
  • Course Design and Presence in the LMS
  • Design, Build, and Teach using the LMS
  • Dashboards and Communication
  • Navigating the Global Dashboard
  • Managing Your Notification Preferences
  • Communication Tools
  • Group Projects
  • Organizing Students Into Groups
  • LTI Integrations (a.k.a All the Rest)
  • ALEKS - Syncing Grades
  • Google Authentication
  • Google Remote Teaching Resources
  • Enabling HonorLock Course (link)
  • Implementing VoiceThread For Online Discussions
  • Red Shelf (textbook setup)
  • SimCheck
  • VidGrid
  • Zoom Course Enroll Link
  • Atomic Search

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Canvas offers 24 hour support, 7 days a week.

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We load, hide, archive, store, and purge canvas courses according to our course lifecycle schedule.

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Communication tools

There are a few ways that you can keep up with your class, and vice versa.


Send a message to individuals' (or the entire class') inboxes, which will also send it to their email addresses.


As an instructor, post an Announcement to your Course, which will also send it to your students' Inboxes (and their email addresses).


Check and customize yours, so you never miss a message.


As an instructor, use Quizzes to easily author multiple-choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions. You can control when your exam becomes available to your students and how it's graded.


With Files, store and access all course materials, such as documents, PDFs, slides, spreadsheets, etc. You can move and organize your files and upload them in bulk.

Google collaborations

Google Drive collaborations are a simple way to share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides within Canvas. They're available through the Collaborations link in the Course Navigation menu.