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Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I edit a page in a course?

    As an instructor, after you have created a page for your course, you can edit the page at any time.

    By default, only instructors (teachers) can edit pages. However, you can set a default preference for specific users to edit and contribute to the page in the Course Settings Course Details tab.

    Tags Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Pages
  • If you want to add a page to a MasteryPath in a module, you must first enable the page for MasteryPaths. Otherwise, the page will not appear as a conditional page when you add an item to a MasteryPath. Once a page has been enabled for MasteryPaths, the page can also be viewed in the Assignments Index Page.

    Note: MasteryPaths is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.

    Tags Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, mastery paths, MasteryPaths, Modules
  • You can add a URL link to your modules.

    When adding an External URL to a module, the dialog box includes an option to load the URL in a new browser tab. When this option is selected, Canvas will display the page to students outside of Canvas. If the External URL is part of a module requirement, Canvas will also register the progression so that the module footer will appear and allow the student to advance to the next module item.

    When this option is not selected, the content is embedded in an iFrame for easy viewing. However, some sites have disabled embedding and require users to open the content in a new window. Users can open the link in a new window by right-clicking the link and selecting the option to view in a new window or tab.

    Note: Numerous module items may affect performance. Modules supports up to 100 module items in the student progress page.

    Tags Canvas, external url, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Modules
  • You can add new or existing content items in Canvas to a module. You can also add an item to multiple modules, or multiple iterations of an item to one module.

    When you add items to a Module, please be aware that the status of the Module overrides the state of the individual module items. You may want to consider leaving all Module items in an unpublished state until you are ready to publish the entire Module. Learn more about Draft State in Modules.

    Notes:

    • When adding a restricted file type to a Module, please be aware that restricted files act as published files and may be viewable to students. Learn more about restricting files in Canvas.
    • Numerous module items may affect performance. Modules supports up to 100 module items in the student progress page.
    • If your course requires you to set usage rights for a file, you must set the usage right before you can publish the file in a module.
    Tags Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Modules
  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I add a module?

    Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or whatever organizational structure works for your course. With modules, you are essentially creating a one-directional linear flow of what you would like your students to do. Once you create modules, you can add content items, set prerequisites, and add requirements.

    Tags Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Modules
  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I use Draft State in Modules?

    Draft State allows content in Modules to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Unpublished modules are invisible to students.

    Modules control the entire flow of your course and its content. When you add items to a Module, please be aware that the status of the Module overrides the state of the individual module items. You may want to consider leaving all Module items in an unpublished state until you are ready to publish the entire Module.

    For instance, if you add a published Discussion to an unpublished Module, students cannot view the Discussion on the Modules page. However, they will still be able to see the Discussion in other areas of Canvas, such as the Discussions Index Page, the Syllabus, and the Calendar, but they will not be able to open or participate in the Discussion. Please be aware of these potential scenarios when adding course content to a Module.

    Modules also supports publishing or unpublishing files, in addition to setting a file as restricted. The restricted status applies to files only and can hide files from students. However, please be aware that restricted files may still be visible to students when they are added to modules. Learn more about restricting files in Canvas.

    Tags Canvas, draft state, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Modules
  • You can use a CSV file to upload changes to the Gradebook. You can upload information for existing assignments, or you can also use a CSV file to create new assignments in the Gradebook. New assignments will automatically be published in your course. If you do not know how to save a file in a CSV format, please check the documentation for the program you are using to create your Gradebook changes (e.g., Excel).

    If you don't want to create a new CSV file, you can always download the CSV from Canvas, change it, and re-upload the same file and the changes you made will appear in Canvas once you re-upload the CSV file.

    If you create a column for a new assignment, Canvas will ask how you want to import the assignment. New assignments upload with the following settings:

    • Assignment Group: Assignments
    • Submission Type: No submission
    • Due date for: Everyone

     

    Notes:

    • The Gradebook CSV file downloads complete/incomplete assignments as full or no credit (e.g. for a 10-point assignment, 10 or 0). Scores with full or partial credit upload as a complete assignment; scores with zero upload as an incomplete assignment.
    • CSV file uploads can create assignments and update grades; they cannot update any other area of the Gradebook, such as assignment status or comments.
    • Letter Grade and GPA Scale assignments do not support any entries that are not part of the assignment's grading scheme.
    • Read-only columns are automatically ignored in the upload.
    • When multiple grading periods is enabled, CSV file uploads cannot create new assignments. Currently new assignments must be created in the Canvas interface. Additionally, CSV files are verified against grading period close dates; grades cannot be changed for any assignment in a closed grading period.
    • An upload will not recognize assignments named Current Score, Current Points, Final Score, Final Points, or Final Grade.
    Tags Canvas, Gradebook, Grades, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • There are different icons and colors in the new Gradebook. Depending on how you grade assignments (manually or otherwise), you will see different icons or colors.

    Icons and colors are simply gradebook indicators to assist you with course grading. All assignments count toward a student's total grade unless they are excused assignments.

    Tags Canvas, Differentiated Assignments, Gradebook, Grades, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Users can edit permissions for files, including setting the state of the file (published or unpublished), make files available to students who have the link, or schedule availability dates for the files.

    When the link restriction is set (only available to students with the link), the file can only be viewed if they are given the link to the file. However, this option only allows files to be hidden from students in Course Files. This functionality is not valid outside of the Files feature. For instance, if a file with a link restriction is added to a Module or Assignment, the file can always be viewed by students.  

    When the student availability date restriction is set, students can view the name and information for the file. In addition to Course Files, files with an availability date restriction can be viewed anywhere in Canvas (such as when the file is added to Modules or Assignments), but the file will be locked and they cannot view the actual file until the specified date.

    Note: You can also restrict a file or folder as part of setting usage rights for files or setting usage rights for folders.

    Tags Canvas, Files, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 06, 2017

    How do I bulk upload files to a course?

    If you have a lot of files to add to your course, you can bulk upload them.

    Notes:

    • You can also bulk upload files by dragging and dropping the files into Canvas from your computer. However, sometimes too many files can cause problems. If you have more than 50 files, try zipping the files and uploading the ZIP file into your course.
    • If you are using Usage Rights, you must set the file usage rights before the files can be published.
    Tags Canvas, Files, Instructor, Instructor Guide