CANVAS - Resources for Students

The resources linked below are primarily for STUDENTS.

More comprehensive and specific information can be found in the following guides:

NOTE: Students will only see features in Canvas that have been enabled by the instructor for students to view. For instance, Canvas has a feature called "Collaborations," but if an instructor is not using that feature, it may not appear in the course menu on the left.


Resources for Students

The Announcements section will provide information about the course. Announcements can be configured to alert you via text message or email or some other method (e.g. social media) if an announcement has been posted, making it easy for you to stay up-to-date with events in the course.

MORE ABOUT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Calendar is one of the most useful features for students in Canvas. The Calendar will show ALL of your Assignements for ALL of your courses to help you plan and organize your study sessions. You can filter what items appear on the Calendar by course. You can even feed the Calendar into any other app that accepts iCal feeds (Google, Outlook, etc.).

MORE ABOUT THE CALENDAR

Instructors can use the Discussions feature to facilitate conversations between class participants (students and instructors). Instructors can grade discussions (useful for monitoring classroom participation). Discussion forums can even be created within student groups so that discussions are limited to members of the group.

MORE ABOUT DISCUSSIONS

Canvas allows you, as a student, to upload files to Canvas in a couple of different ways. You have a personal storage space (50 MB) that you can use for your files. You may (or may not, depending on the instructor) have the ability to view your Course Files for any given course. And you may (or may not, depending on the instructor) be able to view Group Files, which are files accessible by any members of a course group.

MORE ABOUT FILES

The Grades section of a Canvas course is where you will find all of your grade information, naturally. For students, it is arguably the most important section of the course!

MORE ABOUT GRADES

Modules are a way for instructors in Canvas to organize content. Students can then be guided through the content in a logical manner, reviewing material and completing assessments (quizzes, discussions, assignments, etc.) along the way. In some cases, modules may not be immediately available to you unless you complete a prerequisite module. This depends entirely on how the instructor can configured the Modules area in the course.

MORE ABOUT MODULES

Every user in Canvas has the ability to customize their personal user profile and settings.

MORE ABOUT PROFILE AND USER SETTINGS

Quizzes are one of the main assessment tools. "Quizzes" in Canvas encompasses both the short, traditional "quiz" as well as the longer "test." Quizzes can include a wide variety of question types and can be scored automatically for many question types (short answer and essay questions still require manual grading). As with all assessments, specific policies regarding grading are up to the instructor.

MORE ABOUT QUIZZES