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Recent Updates

  • If a user has been manually added to a course but has not yet accepted the course invitation after a period of time, you can resend the course invitation. You must allow at least 24 hours before resending a course invitation.

    Note: Users are not sent a course invitation until the course start date. (The start date is commonly the term date, unless the term is being overridden by a specific course or section date in Course Settings.) Additionally, courses must be published for students to receive course invitations.

    Tags Instructor Guide, People
  • People shows all the users enrolled in your course, either added by your or your institution via SIS import.

    Tags Custom Role, Instructor GS Guide, Instructor Guide, People
  • You can use the Rich Content Editor to embed images from Flickr Creative Commons. You can also add alt tags to your images for better accessibility.

    The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). If a change is made to the source of your image after it has been embedded, the image you have added to the Rich Content Editor will not be changed.

    Note: Although an image may appear in the Flickr Creative Commons, not all images have the same license. Some Flickr images require an attribution to appear within the image. You may want to confirm the image copyright before using it in your course. Click the image to view it directly on Flickr.  

    Tags Instructor Guide, Rich Content Editor
  • If one or more of your courses have enabled ePub exports, you can view your course offline as an ePub file. You can download the ePub file and upload it into any eReader software for viewing, such as iBooks or Azardi.

    ePub content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In an ePub file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions include the discussion topic. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the ePub. Any files that aren't supported in the ePub format, such as file attachments or PDFs, can be downloaded to be viewed in the file's native environment.

    Currently ePub files and any associated files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas, but the files can be transferred for viewing on any supported device.

    Depending on the course setup, the ePub may be organized by modules or content type (assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.). When viewing by module, only items you have access to view in each module will be included in the ePub file. Locked modules list either their prerequisites or the unlock date, as well as the items that are contained within that module (though not the actual content of those items themselves).

    Notes:

    • You cannot download ePub files for concluded courses.
    • If you can view the Download Course Content button but cannot download an ePub file for a specific course, the feature has not been enabled for that course.
    • If your account does not display the Download Course Content button, your institution may only allow you to export content offline as an HTML file in Modules.
    Tags ePub, Feature Options, Student Guide, User Settings
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    What languages does Canvas support?

    Language preferences can be set by the user, by the instructor in a specific course, or by the admin for the entire account. However, depending on the Canvas area, some language preferences can be overridden.

    If no language is set, Canvas defaults to English (United States).

    Canvas supports the following languages:

    • English—United States
    • Danish
    • German
    • English—Australia
    • English—United Kingdom
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Haitian Creole
    • Dutch
    • Norwegian—Bokmål
    • Norwegian—Nynorsk (crowd-sourced)
    • Polish
    • Portuguese
    • Portuguese—Brazil
    • Maori
    • Swedish
    • Turkish (crowd-sourced)
    • Russian
    • Armenian (crowd-sourced)
    • Hebrew (crowd-sourced)
    • Arabic
    • Persian (crowd-sourced)
    • Japanese
    • Chinese—simplified
    • Chinese—traditional
    • Korean (crowd-sourced)
    Manual Canvas Basics
    Tags Languages
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    Which browsers does Canvas support?

    Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

    Manual Canvas Basics
    Tags browsers, Support
  • If your institution is using a student information system (SIS) for grading purposes, you can set up a quiz to be sent back to the SIS. However, you must first specify which quiz(zes) in the course should be sent to your SIS as part of the grade publishing process. Each quiz must be modified individually. However, your institution may have already enabled an option for all quizzes to be configured for your SIS.

    Once a quiz is set up to be sent to your SIS, the Assignment Index Page and Quizzes Index Page let you enable or disable a quiz by clicking the SIS sync icon next to the quiz.

    Each SIS requires specific setup procedures to properly post grades for quizzes. Depending on how quizzes are assigned to students, some quizzes may not be supported. For details and and troubleshooting tips, view the appropriate help document for your SIS integration:

     

    Note: The Banner integration does not require any assignment setup and only pulls total grades from the Gradebook.

    Tags Feature Options, Instructor Guide, Quizzes, SIS
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    How do I use the Quizzes Index Page?

    You can view all your quizzes in your course on the Quizzes Index page. As an instructor, you can also add quizzes and modify quiz settings.

    Tags Instructor Guide, MasteryPaths, Quizzes, SIS
  • The Canvas MasteryPaths feature allows you or a course designer to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. With MasteryPaths, you identify activities for each student’s learning path and differentiate assignments for required learning, optional learning, or choosing their own content and assignments within a specific path, which helps them achieve course mastery.

    MasteryPaths is based on differentiated assignments, which allows assignments to be assigned to different users and sections. With MasteryPaths, assignments are differentiated to individual students automatically and no additional work is required aside from grading student assignments as usual. After the initial assignment has been graded (either manually or automatically), the student’s score designates which conditional items(s) will be assigned as a learning path.

    If you use weighted grading in your course, additional course work may affect student's total grades. However, grade calculations are based on the assignments assigned and completed by the student; students are not penalized for any assignments that are not assigned to them. If you are concerned about grade variances with point values, you may want to review the conditional assignments assigned to each MasteryPath and try to balance out grading totals in each path. Additionally you could evaluate student progress and add individual students to assignments as necessary that they can complete to improve their grade.

    When creating MasteryPaths, all assignments and pages should be created and added as conditional items before publishing the course to students.

    Notes:

    • MasteryPaths is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.
    • MasteryPaths cannot currently be used with assignments being passed back to a student information system (SIS) such as PowerSchool or Skyward.
    • Currently MasteryPaths does not support association with outcomes.
    Tags Instructor Guide, MasteryPaths, Modules, SIS
  • If your institution is using a student information system (SIS) for grading purposes, you can set up a graded discussion to be sent back to the SIS. However, you must first specify which graded discussion(s) in the course should be sent to your SIS as part of the grade publishing process. Each graded discussion must be modified individually. However, your institution may have already enabled an option for all graded discussions to be configured for your SIS.

    Once a graded discussion is set up to be sent to your SIS, the Assignment Index Page lets you enable or disable a graded discussion by clicking the SIS sync icon next to the graded discussion.

    Each SIS requires specific setup procedures to properly post grades for graded discussions. Depending on how graded discussions are assigned to students, some discussions may not be supported. For details and and troubleshooting tips, view the appropriate help document for your SIS integration:

     

    Note: The Banner integration does not require any assignment setup and only pulls total grades from the Gradebook.

    Tags Discussions, Feature Options, Instructor Guide, SIS