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Canvas - Getting Started for Faculty
Article: KB0010588 Published: 02-20-2017 Last modified: 02-20-2017 Views: 210
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Canvas - Getting Started for Faculty


How Do I Get Started with Canvas?

  1. Use an updated version of Google Chrome to log into Canvas. Disable script blockers, which can prevent you from seeing all Canvas content
  2. Log into Canvas by following the instructions at the Canvas - Logging In page.
  3. Canvas automatically creates official course shells for instructors of record each academic term. Students are automatically added to the sites according to data from the registrar. These official course shells do not have teaching materials; you'll move materials into them.
    • See the Canvas - Term Dates page to read about Canvas terms and how they affect course creation and visibility. 
  4. Because official course shells are created and concluded for you, you should store your course materials in a user-created master course site, also called a draft course shell.
  5. Move materials from a draft course shell into an official course shell by following Canvas's article: How do I copy content from another Canvas course?
  6. If you want to add people who aren't officially enrolled in course to the site (like TAs and Observers) see: How do I add observers and TAs to my course? page.
  7. You can combine multiple sections of the same official course into one Canvas course site by following the instructions at the Canvas - Cross-Listing Sections page. 
  8. Publish your official course shell by following the instructions at the How do I publish my course? page.

These instructions are just a starting point. Canvas has a lot of cool features, including excellent media integration, outcomes and rubrics, and SpeedGrader, that can make course sites more engaging and help courses run more smoothly. Don't stop here - see below to find out how you can learn more.


To migrate your courses from Scholar to Canvas:


To get more information on Canvas:


To learn more about using Canvas:


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