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  • The Syllabus in Canvas makes it easy to communicate to your students exactly what will be required of them throughout the course in chronological order. You can also set the syllabus as your course home page.

    You can choose to make your syllabus public so that people who aren't enrolled in your course can view more information about the course. A public syllabus can be viewed as part of a private course when you send a link to a student, or if the course is listed in the public course index.

    The Syllabus is automatically generated based on Assignments and Events within a course. It can only be changed by editing or deleting the Assignments or Events. All assignments (unpublished and published) are listed in the syllabus for instructors.

    Tags Instructor GS Guide, Instructor Guide, Syllabus
  • Updated on: Apr 20, 2017

    How do I set a Front Page in a course?

    The Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can customize a page from your course Pages and have it display as the Course Home Page.

    If you want to change the Course Home Page to a custom page, you must first set the page as the Front Page. The Front Page is a designation that shows Canvas which page can be used for the Course Home Page. Use this page to show a welcome message, links, images, or other information for students.

    Notes:

    • Before setting the Front Page, the page must be published.
    • Once you set a Front Page, you cannot remove the Front page. However, you can change the Front Page as much as you would like, or set another page as the Front Page.
    • Before setting a Front page, the Pages link in Course Navigation will open to the Pages Index. However, once you have selected a Front Page, the Pages link will always open to the Front Page. To return to the Pages Index, click the View All Pages button.
    • The Pages Front Page can also be set to display recent course announcements.
    Tags Instructor Guide, Pages
  • The Course Home Page is associated with the Home link in Course Navigation and is the first page seen for each course. Each Course Home Page can have one of five different layouts depending on your preference.

    Each Course Home Page layout also includes specific items in the sidebar, in addition to the To Do list.

    The Course Home Page defaults to the Course Activity Stream, but you can change the Course Home Page.

    Tags Course Home Page, Dashboard, Instructor Guide
  • If you set your Home Page layout to display the Pages Front Page, you can show recent announcements as part of your Course Home Page. You can set the number of announcements that should be displayed.

    The Course Home Page only displays the text within announcements; any images or media will not be shown.

    Note: Before you can view announcements, you must have set a front page and set your Home Page layout to display the front page.

    Tags Announcements, Course Home Page, Instructor Guide, Settings
  • Updated on: Apr 20, 2017

    What is the Polls for Canvas app?

    The Polls for Canvas app is the easy way for instructors to request student opinion in the classroom and collect responses with ease—users only need to download the Polls for Canvas app on their smartphone devices.  

    Polls for Canvas requires a Canvas account. If you are an instructor and your institution does not use Canvas, sign up for a Free for Teacher account. If you are a student and you have been invited to a Canvas course, you can create an account as part of the course invitation.

    The Polls for Canvas app is available for both Android and iOS devices. Learn more about the Polls app for your device in the appropriate guide:

    Manual Canvas Basics
  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term. Because we want you to be able to learn about these features at your own pace, they’ll be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. Feature Options allow you to choose when you want to enable the new feature for your course.

    This lesson gives an overview of how to manage feature options at the course level. On the course level, you may have the option to implement features on a course-by-course basis. Instructors have no control over user-level features. To view the specific course-level feature options available in Canvas, visit the current course features lesson.

    In order for a feature to appear for a course, the feature must be enabled for your institution by a Canvas admin.

    Please note that most Feature Options will only be optional for a short period of time. Once a Feature Option is officially released to your production environment, you'll have a few releases (depending on the feature) before the option will be enabled for all Canvas users. Therefore we encourage you to use your beta environment to learn about new Feature Options for your course.

    Tags Course Settings, Feature Options, Instructor Guide
  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term. Because we want you to be able to learn about these features at your own pace, they’ll be placed in your Account Settings as a Feature Option. Feature Options allow you to choose when you want to enable the new feature for your institution. Most institutions will pilot the feature within their institution and then enable it for the entire institution between terms.

    This lesson gives an overview of how to manage feature options for an entire account. Features can be activated on account, course, and user levels. On the course level, you can give instructors the option to implement features on a course-by-course basis. Admins and instructors have no control over user-level features.

    The majority of features will be available for you to enable at any time. However, some features will only appear after they are enabled by your Customer Success Manager. To view specific feature options available in Canvas, visit the current account features lesson.

    Please note that most Feature Options will only be optional for a short period of time. Once a Feature Option is officially released to your production environment, you'll have a few releases (depending on the feature) before the option will be enabled for all Canvas users. Therefore we encourage you to use your beta environment to learn about new Feature Options for your institution, and when the features are released to your production environment, allow them as quickly as appropriate for your institution.

    Note: Account-level features cannot be managed in Free-for-Teacher accounts.

    Tags Admin Guide, Feature Options, Settings
  • The Canvas by Instructure app helps students and instructors access their courses and groups while they are away from a computer browser. The app provides functionality to view and participate in a course or group, as well as view To-Do items, Notifications, Messages, and Grades. Additionally, users who have an instructor role in at least one course in the account can access SpeedGrader with a quick-access link.

    The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

    Note: Not all Canvas features are supported on the app at this time.

    Tags Admin, Android, Instructor Guide, Mobile Apps, SpeedGrader, Student
  • Once you download the Canvas app from the iTunes store, you can use the app to log in to your Canvas account.

    The Canvas app will ask you for the name of your institution to find your Canvas account. If the app cannot find your institution, you can use your institution's Canvas URL to log in.  

    The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

    Note: If you do not want to locate your Canvas URL every time you log in to Canvas, learn how to switch to another user account.

    Tags Canvas App, iOS, Mobile Apps
  • Once you download the Canvas app from the Play Store, you can use the app to log in to your Canvas account. You must have an account to log in to Canvas.

    The Canvas app will ask you for the name of your institution to find your Canvas account. If the app cannot find your institution, you can use your institution's Canvas URL to log in.

    The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

    Note: If you do not want to locate your Canvas URL every time you log in to Canvas, learn how to switch to another user account.

    Tags Admin, Android, Instructor Guide, Login, Mobile Apps, Student