Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Oct 15, 2021

    How do I join a group as a student?

    Your instructors may want to create groups within a course but still allow you to form your own group. Joining students groups are easy in Canvas.

  • Self sign-up groups allow users to choose the group they want to be in as part of a group set. You can also limit the number of members who can sign up for each group.

    Note: You may have to change the group settings later if you want to prevent students from switching sections.

  • As an instructor, if Arc has been enabled at the course or account level, you can view your Arc library through the Arc Media Library link in Course Navigation. This link allows you to see your course collections without having to access Arc through the Rich Content Editor. Accessing Arc through the Course Navigation Menu includes the same functionality available in an Arc Account.

    Note: Students cannot view the Arc Media Library link but can still access Arc media wherever it is embedded in course content or through the Rich Content Editor.  

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  • In Canvas, you can view Arc media the same way that your students view media in a course through Student View. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course and automatically creates an Arc account. You can activate Student View in your Course Settings.

    To see the student's perspective on Canvas, use Student View to view the course, post and reply to discussions, submit assignments, view grades, view people, view pages, view the syllabus, view quizzes, view the calendar, and view the scheduler (if enabled).

    Attendance, conferences, conversations, collaborations, differentiated assignments, groups, peer reviews, and profiles do not work for the Test Student. You will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.


    • Each Canvas course has a separate Test Student account. Whenever you move to a new course you will need to enable Student View for that course.
    • Submissions and scores for the Test Student do not affect course analytics.
    • You can only view the course layout as it is seen by your students. You cannot view student-specific information, such as conversations between students.
    • Once you activate Student View, the Test Student is shown at the end of the Gradebook and is automatically added to every section in your course. However, the Test Student is not shown in the section enrollment count.
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  • You can add comments directly to a video or audio file to create commentary or ask questions. You can edit or delete your comments if necessary.

    You can also reply to a comment that has been posted in the timeline. Currently, replies only support one reply level. You cannot reply to another user's reply.

    Note: Users with editing rights can delete any comment at any time.

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  • If you are the owner of a video or audio file, you can delete comments in any media that you own. Comments cannot be edited except by the user who created the comment.

    Note: Deleted comments cannot be recovered.

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  • After you upload a video or audio file, you can edit the details of the media and add tags.

    Details include the title and description of the media. Descriptions do not appear anywhere in Arc, but the content in the description is used to locate the media files when users search for them.

    Tags help organize the media and also act as search terms to help users find a relevant media.

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  • Updated on: Oct 11, 2021

    What is Canvas Studio?

    Arc is a communication tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media. Learn more about Arc.

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