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Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Apr 21, 2017

    How do I use the Syllabus as a student?

    The Syllabus helps your instructor communicate course expectations and information. The Syllabus is automatically populated by assignments and events in the course.

    Your instructor has the option to set the Syllabus to be the home page for your course as well.

    Tags Student Guide, Syllabus
  • Updated on: Apr 21, 2017

    How do I view Modules as a student?

    Some instructors will use modules to organize the course. Modules control the entire flow of the course, along with its content.

    Note: Your instructor may choose to hide the Modules link in Course Navigation. If the Modules link is not available, you can still access Module items through other areas of Canvas, such as the Syllabus or Course Home Page. Alternatively, your instructor may choose to hide all Course Navigation links except for Modules. If other Course Navigation links are not available, your instructor wants you to navigate the course using Modules.

    Tags MasteryPaths, Modules, Student Guide
  • As a presenter, you can add individual documents or presentations to a conference. You can also upload multiple files and show different files during the presentation.

    Moderators are most often the presenter, but presenters can also be participants who are invited to be a presenter, such as a participant invited to be a guest speaker. Moderators can allow any participant to be a presenter at any time.

    Note: File uploads should be PDF files. However, BigBlueButton converts Word documents or PowerPoint presentations to a PDF file. If your presentation has animations (visual or audio), they will not be converted.

    Tags Conferences, Instructor Guide
  • As a presenter, you can add individual documents or presentations to a conference. You can also upload multiple files and show different files during the presentation.

    Moderators are most often the presenter, but presenters can also be participants who are invited to be a presenter, such as a participant invited to be a guest speaker. Moderators can allow any participant to be a presenter at any time.

    Note: File uploads should be PDF files. However, BigBlueButton converts Word documents or PowerPoint presentations to a PDF file. If your presentation has animations (visual or audio), they will not be converted.

    Tags Conferences, Groups, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Apr 21, 2017

    How do I view group files as a student?

    As a student, you may be added to a group within your course. Groups files include any content uploaded to your group workspace.

    Group files include uploaded assignment submissions and other group-related files uploaded to your group storage area. By default, each group has 50 MB of storage space in Canvas. All published files can be viewed by all group members.

    Group files are automatically published when they are uploaded to the group. However, if the group requires you to set a usage right, the file will remain unpublished until a usage right is set for the file.

    As groups are essentially mini courses, all group members have the same permissions to moderate files, including uploading files, publishing files, restricting access and unpublishing files, and deleting files.

    Tags Files, Quotas, Student Guide
  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your user experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may affect your personal interaction with Canvas.

    This lesson gives an overview of how to manage user-level feature options for your user account. Admins and instructors have no control over user-level features.

    To view specific feature options available in Canvas, visit the user account features lesson.

    Tags Admin Guide, Instructor Guide, Users
  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your user experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may affect your personal interaction with Canvas.

    This lesson gives an overview of how to manage user-level feature options for your user account. You have no control over user-level features.

    To view specific feature options available in Canvas, visit the user account features lesson.

    Tags Admin Guide, User Settings
  • Updated on: Apr 20, 2017

    What is the Canvas Parent App?

    Canvas Parent enhances the potential for parents to engage in their children's education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive course announcements.

    Canvas Parent can be used by anyone who creates an account, has been added to Canvas with an observer role, or has signed up as a parent using the web browser.

    Access to Canvas Parent is managed by the student's institution. Users who use the Canvas Parent app can be blocked from using the app at any time. Canvas admins can manage users in the Canvas Parent app using Canvas Parent Tools.

    Parents can use the Canvas Parent app on all iOS and Android devices. View the Canvas Parent Android Guide and the Canvas Parent iOS Guide.

    Manual Canvas Basics
    Tags Android, Canvas Parent Guide, iOS
  • To manually stop students from posting replies to discussion posts, use the close for comments link. You can also pin discussions to the closed for comments section on the discussion index page.

    Note: You can automatically set your post to close for comments on a specific date by creating discussion availability dates.

    Tags Discussions, Instructor Guide
  • When creating a discussion, you can require students to comment and provide feedback of another student's work. Learn more about peer review discussions.

    Peer reviews can only be created with graded discussions and do not have an anonymous option.

    For peer reviews, you can choose to manually assign peer reviews or automatically assign peer reviews. To complete the peer review, students are required to leave at least one comment. If you include a rubric, they are also required to complete the rubric.

    Note: To learn how graded discussion and peer review due dates appear in a student's To Do list, view the Peer Review Tips PDF.

    Tags Instructor Guide