Learn how to use Canvas - 11 Things you need to do for your Module

This page provides details for learning how to use Canvas, starting with the Training provided by Canvas, support being provided in the form of Drop-In Sessions, Online Training materials and Guides, followed by a checklist to be followed for creation of detailed Module content.

1. Attend Canvas Training

Canvas Training

Initial training for Canvas is now complete, with all the sessions recorded.

If you have already attended or viewed one of the training sessions (or the original Fundamentals training), the recordings of these may be accessed via the links below.

Additionally, if you are a Module Co-ordinator, there is no need to register for Training as you will be set up in the system and you can access the Training recordings now.

New to Canvas training?

New users need to follow a registration process.

Following your registration, an account will be set up in Canvas for you, and subsequently an email will be sent with full details of how to access the recording, and to log on to Canvas to undertake the exercises during this session.

Register now to access Canvas training

Canvas log-in for the courses:  https://stirling.instructure.com/

Introduction to Canvas

This course covers the following content:

Canvas Basics: Participants will be able to set up an event and an assignment using the Calendar, recognise the uses of the Syllabus, create an announcement and upload files with permissions to the course.

Canvas Course Content: Participants will be able to create new pages and use tools to design, link and embed important information for students to view.

Canvas Course Assessments: Participants will be able to create an Assignment, Quiz and Discussions, attach a value and set options for how students can view the items.

Access Canvas Introduction course recording

Understanding the Canvas Interface

The following guide will help you find your way round the Canvas view:


2. Make sure Single Source of Course (SSoC) is up to date

Modules in Canvas are created from the data held in SSoC. Only modules marked as ‘Complete’ in SSoC will be created in Canvas, so you need to make sure that modules for Autumn 2017 and Academic Year 2017-18 are ‘Complete’. The Module Co-ordinator listed in SSoC will be given a ‘Teacher’ role in the module in Canvas. Other information taken from SSoC that will appear in the module in Canvas are the Summary, Syllabus Outline and Learning Outcomes – you should ensure that these are up to date and correct.

3. Assignments, Submissions and Marking

Assignments - Guides

The following guide is an introduction to the Assignments created in Canvas (from the data supplied to MME), and additionally the 'muted' status of Grade Book columns:

The following guides will help you with marking assignments through Canvas using Speedgrader.

  • Assignment Marking Guide - https://stir.box.com/v/speedgrader-guide - This guide walks through the SpeedGrader interface, covers marking online and also covers the procedure for downloading, marking offline and re-uploading.
  • Creating and Using Rubrics - https://stir.box.com/v/creating-and-using-rubrics - This guide walks through the process of creating a rubric, attaching a rubric to an assignment and using the rubric within SpeedGrader to mark an assignment.
  • Using Free Form Comments with Rubrics - https://stir.box.com/v/free-from-comment-rubrics - This guide walks through the process of creating a rubric and marking the assignment using the free form comments tool.

Video guides to assignments in listen again : http://listenagain.stir.ac.uk/media/2017/canvas_assignments/listenagain.php 

The following guides will help you with checking and marking assignments through Canvas in Feedback Studio. These guides are only relevant for modules in the divisions of Social Work, Housing, Dementia and Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology.

The following guides will help you understand the student submission process:

4. Add Staff Users

As mentioned above, Module Co-ordinators are automatically added to Canvas via SSoC. Any other staff who need access will need to be added by the Faculty. There is a PDF guide on how to do this here: https://stir.box.com/v/adding-users-canvas and a video guide here: https://stir.box.com/v/adding-users-canvas-video.

Students will be added to modules automatically nearer the beginning of semester. Please do not add students manually as they need to complete enrolment procedures first.

5. Add Content

We have created empty module spaces in Canvas for the modules running in Autumn semester and the 2017-18 Academic Year. In order to achieve a consistent navigational and visual experience for students, every module has been created using a template for the layout and structure. In order to make the student experience consistent across the University, we would encourage you to add your content following this structure where possible. The two main areas for adding content are:

  • Learning Content – where you add your teaching material
  • Module Information – where you add administrative and other module information (this will already contain the module summary, syllabus outline and learning outcomes from SSoC)

Once you have completed all Content upload, and followed the other steps to complete the preparation for a Module, please note the Module is set to Unpublished, and to be visible to Students when you require this, it needs to be set to Published, along with the individual Unit materials.

A full guide on Module Opening and Content Publishing in Canvas is available here: https://stir.box.com/v/module-opening-and-publishing

Instructions on adding content to Canvas are available in a PDF guide here: https://stir.box.com/v/adding-files-content-canvas and in a video guide here: https://stir.box.com/v/adding-files-content-video.

Due to the very different structure of Canvas we will not routinely transfer teaching content from Succeed. You will retain access to your material in Succeed for the first year of Canvas being available and so can personally copy files across. Details on how to do this are available in a PDF guide here: https://stir.box.com/v/exporting-files-succeed-canvas.

Selective Release

Content in Canvas may be selectively released. A PDF guide on how to do this is here: https://stir.box.com/v/selective-release. A video guide on how to do this is here: https://stir.box.com/v/selective-release-video.

Using Box with Canvas

Guidance on linking the cloud storage service Box to Canvas is available in this PDF guide: https://stir.box.com/v/using-box-with-canvas.

Copying Resources Between Canvas Modules

Content and resources may also be copied from one Canvas Module to another. This guide shows how: https://stir.box.com/v/copying-resources-modules

Embed Listen Again Recordings into your Pages of Content

This guide will help you take Listen Again recordings you have made for your module and embed them onto HTML Pages of Content in Canvas, so they can be inserted into the learning content in a timely manner: https://stir.box.com/v/listen-again-mashup 

6. Create Groups

You may want students to sign up for seminar groups at the beginning of semester – you can create these groups in Canvas and allow students to sign up as required. You will need to have these ready before students are added to the system in early September 2017.

Instructions on creating groups in Canvas are available here: https://stir.box.com/v/creating-groups-canvas. There is also a video guide on this here: https://stir.box.com/v/adding-groups-self-sign-up-vid

7. Create a Resource List

Follow the instructions on creating and submitting a Resource List here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/is/staff/library/reading-lists/#send. Once completed your electronic Resource List will appear automatically in your module.

8. Import Quizzes

Quizzes and question banks may be exported from Succeed and imported into Canvas using the Question Tools Interoperability (QTI) standards. A guide on how to do this is here: https://stir.box.com/v/exporting-quizzes-succeed

If you have problems with this we will transfer quiz materials from Succeed where required. You should contact your Digital Learning Developer in the Learning & Teaching Support Team in Information Services to discuss this process. To find out who this is, visit the Learning and Teaching Support Team page here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/is/student/about/teams/learningandteachingsupport/.

9. Add Discussions

Create a new Discussion topic in the Discussions tool. Maybe you could ask students to share papers they have found while reading around your module topics or introduce themselves to their fellow students. A generic guide on creating a Discussions topics is here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9937-4152724374. There is also a guide created by us at Stirling to this area: https://stir.box.com/v/creating-discussions

The full list of Canvas guides for the Discussions tool is here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Discussions

10. Add Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes for your modules are displayed on the Module Information page, but adding these to the Outcomes tool allows you to align them to assignments and quizzes, and to track student progress. More information is available here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10062-415267951

11. Do Something Different!

Canvas is a new system and has lots of new tools for you to explore. Why not try:

Do something different and let us know about it!

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