Canvas for Instructors
- Canvas Community Instructor Guides
- Canvas Community Video Guides
- Learning Systems Academy Video Guides
- Course Creations - Courses are auto-generated via VCU's Banner (SIS) process before the start of each semester.
- Course Enrollments - Likewise, primary instructors and registered students are auto-populated into their courses using the Banner system as well. Secondary instructors, TAs, and any other role would need to be manually enrolled by the primary instructor of the course.
- See the Managing your Course Roster page for information on how to view and manage your roster, as well as, information on the different roles and role permissions available to you.
- To enroll users such as TAs, secondary instructors, etc. visit the Manually Add Users to a Course page for further instructions.
- Non-VCU User Access (Affiliates) - granting access to users who are not officially a part of the VCU community but need access (affiliates) (i.e. guest speakers, outside programs, etc.)
- Update your name - visit the Call Me By My Name page, which allows you to indicate a name/name of use, gender/gender identity and pronouns which will update across all VCU platforms.
- Login issues could be a result of a problem with your VCU eID or Password. Your VCU eID is a username that authenticates you to many VCU web applications and electronic services.
- Still have questions? VCU IT Support Center can point you in the right direction.
Organizing your Course
Managing Existing Content
- Export or Import Existing Content
- Note: Used for bringing over content that may have been provided by another instructor or perhaps even content you may have used in a Canvas course at a previous university.
- Copy a Course from a Previous Semester
- Import VCU's Course Template (Created by VCU Online)
Creating New Content
- Create an Announcement
- Create an Assignment
- Create a Google Assignment
- Note: Google Assignments is a Canvas 3rd Party Tool supported by Collaboration Services.
- Create a SCORM Assignment or SCORM Page
- Create a Discussion Board
- Note: Please see How to Create a Group Discussion Board and get more information on the Discussion Redesign project.
- Create a quiz using the "Classic Quizzes" format or the "New Quizzes" format
- Note: Quizzes are a very in-depth Canvas feature that cannot be encompassed in a single link. See the "Quizzes" and "New Quizzes" section of the Canvas Guides.
WAIT! Before you Publish
Making your Course Available to Students
- Email your Students
- Note: The course must be published before being able to email student enrolled in the course. You may need to publish and then unpublish after sending the email from the course.
- Course Calendar
- Note: The Canvas Calendar is very interactive. It allows instructors to schedule office hours with their students, link and edit events and assessments, etc.
Quizzes are a very in-depth Canvas feature that cannot be encompassed in a single link. See the "Quizzes" and "New Quizzes" section of the Canvas Guides. For everything you need to know about the ongoing Classic to New Quizzes Transition Project, View the New Quizzes Hub.
Note: New Quizzes is currently in development; expect changes in features during this transition period.
Transitioning from Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes?
Grading is far more robust than a single link. See the Grading and SpeedGrader sections for information on the different grading features.
Additional Grading Features
- Turnitin (plagiarism detection)
- Weight Final Course Grade Based on Assignment Groups
- Extra Credit in an Assignment
- Curve Grades
Managing Course Storage
- Add and Manage Files in your Course
- Note: Storage quotas are specific to VCU. Courses are limited to 2GB per course and it is recommended that you embed videos via Kaltura and documents via your Google Drive.
- Embed Kaltura Videos in your Course
- Embed Google Documents in your Course
Canvas Tip: Uploading Videos and Large Files
Alternatives for File Storage & Collaboration
- Canvas Idea Conversations (Suggest, share, converse, and rate idea conversations related to software improvements to Instructure products.)
- Canvas Question Forum (Search for questions similar to yours or post a new question.)
- Canvas Releases (View upcoming features and enhancements and their release dates.)