Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Nov 12, 2020

    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.

  • Updated on: Nov 12, 2020

    How do I use the Inbox as an instructor?

    Conversations is split into two panels and displays messages chronologically. You can view and reply to conversations and sort them by course or inbox type. Conversations itself does not have any file size limits; however, attachments added to a conversation are included in the sender's personal files.


    • If you right-click or option-click on the Inbox link, you can open your Conversation Inbox in a new browser tab to keep it handy while you are doing other tasks in Canvas.
    • Users display in Conversations once they have an active enrollment in the course, and users cannot join a course unless it is published.
  • Canvas has two types of groups: student groups and group sets. Student groups can be created by either an instructor or a student and are self-organized by students. Group sets are groups that you create to use for graded assignments.

    Note: The Groups page displays a limit of 50 group sets. 

  • There are many places where you can find Apps to use in your courses. You can add external apps in the Canvas App Center, the Edu App Center, or through vendor-provided tools.

    Once configured, external apps can be added to Modules, Course Navigation, the Rich Content Editor, and Assignments.

  • You can organize your ePortfolio by creating multiple sections.

  • The Collaborations Index Page allows you to create collaborations for users in your course. You can create new collaborations, edit existing collaborations, and delete collaborations.

    If your institution allows students to create collaborations in a course, you can always view any collaboration created in the course. However, students can only view collaborations that have been shared with them.

    Note: Depending on your institution's preference, your Collaborations page may not match the images shown in this lesson. However, functionality of the page remains the same.

  • Updated on: Nov 11, 2020

    How do I use Chat as an instructor?

    Once Chat has been enabled in your course, the Chat tool can be used for real-time conversation with course users. Any user in the course can participate in a chat conversation and view all chat content. Currently there is no load limit for a course chat, but larger numbers of course users may affect performance.

    A user must be actively viewing the chat tool to appear in the chat list. You may consider posting chat hours in the course calendar to let students know when you are available. Or you can open Chat in a new browser window while viewing other areas in Canvas.

    Note: If you cannot view the Chat tool, Chat has not been enabled for your institution.

  • The Calendar is a great way to view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place. You can view calendar events by day, week, month, or agenda list. The calendar also includes access to the Scheduler, which is an optional scheduling tool in Canvas.

  • Updated on: Nov 04, 2020

    How do I edit a group set in a course?

    Once you have created a group set, you can edit it at any time. Editing a group set allows you to change the group set name, create self sign-up groups, and assign a student group leader.

    If self sign-up is allowed, you can also set or change the number of group members allowed in a group, but changing a member limit will apply to all groups in your group set. You can modify the limitations within an individual group, such as changing one group to allow a few more members than the other groups. However, at a later time if you decide to edit the entire group set and change the group set limitations, Canvas will override all member limitations created within individual groups.