Canvas LMS – Student Orientation Tour

Canvas LMS – Student Orientation Tour


Welcome to your Canvas Online Classroom. Let’s take a look around, so you’re familiar
with where to find things you want to do and access your important course information. When you first log in you will find yourself
on the dashboard. This view will show you course cards for each
of your current courses. The course cards show you the name of the
course and term. The icons also show you some information about
what’s in the course. For example, this one shows me there are course
announcements and discussions. You can click on any card to enter the course
and get to work. On the right side of the Dashboard you can
see your ToDo list. This will show you assignments, quizzes, and
discussions that have a due date. It’s important to remember that not every
course activity will show on this list, just the items that have a due date set in Canvas. For this reason, you cannot rely on this list
to show you everything you need to do in your course. Be sure to read the syllabus and course materials
carefully to find requirements that aren’t set up with a due date in Canvas. When you find them, consider adding them to
your course calendar yourself as we’ll see later. For example, the ToDo list may show a quiz
that needs to be taken, but you may still need to read the chapter, or watch a video
before you can complete that item. Scrolling down you also have a Coming Up list. This will show upcoming items from your Canvas
Calendar. There are some things that you can customize
on the Dashboard. You can click this menu button at the top
right corner of the course card to give the course a custom nickname and color. Additionally, clicking on the settings button
above will allow to change your Dashboard from the course Card View to Recent Activity. This view will show you a summary of recent
Assignment feedback, course announcements, discussion posts, and other course activity. Keep in mind that your Dashboard doesn’t
show you all your Canvas courses, just your currently active courses. To find other courses, and set which will
show on your Dashboard, click the Courses icon on the left, and click the All Courses
link. This will show you all the courses you are
in, or ever have been in. Current courses are at the top, and Past Enrollments
are listed below. Click the Star Icon on the left to select
which courses you want to show or remove from your Dashboard view. The items in the vertical blue bar on the
left of the screen are your Global Navigation items. These items are part of Canvas, but not specific
to any one course. Next, let’s take a look at your account
settings. Click Account, and click Profile. Click the Edit button to set up your profile. You can add a photo of yourself, edit your
display name and add biographic information and links you want your classmates and instructors
to have. Save your Profile information, and click Settings
from the menu. Your account settings are an important part
of keeping up with course communications. Here you can add additional email addresses
that you’d like to be notified at. If you’ve set up the mobile app you’ll
see that here under Other Contacts, and you can even set up your phone to receive text
message notifications here as well. You can also choose to link up any of these
web services. Once you’ve set up all the different ways
Canvas can contact you, click Notifications to customize when and where it will notify
you. In the Notifications page you can be specific
about what you want to be notified about, how often, and on which device. For email you can chose to be notified Right
Away, with a Daily Summary, with a Weekly Summary, or not at all. In the second column you can choose what to
be notified about in the Canvas App – you will need to set this up on your device first. And if you set up a text message number, that
will show up in a third column on the right. Some notifications I choose to leave turned
off because I’ll see them in my course, and some I’m ok getting an email summary
at the end of the day, like when an assignment’s been graded, or my instructor left a submission
comment. But there are a few things that I recommend
setting immediate notifications for, specifically when your teacher posts a new course Announcement,
and when someone sends you a Conversation Message. That’s like an email message in Canvas. Those things you want to be up to date on
all the time. Discussion posts might be a good one to turn
on in the Canvas App. This will send you a notification when someone
posts on a discussion topic that you’re subscribed to. Then you can even respond right away in the
app if you have the time. Next, let’s take a look at your Canvas Calendar. Click Calendar on your Global Navigation menu. The calendar will show you items that have
a set Due Date, like Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions. As I mentioned before, this is where you can
add your own custom Calendar Events by clicking the Plus Button or just clicking on the day
you want to add an event. This is useful if you want to remember to
do something like read a chapter in your book, if you need to post on a class discussion
on Tuesday even if it’s not Due until Friday, or if you have something due in class that
doesn’t have a due date set in Canvas. Remember that the Canvas Calendar will only
show the final due dates by default, not the preparatory steps leading up to it, so it’s
wise to add those yourself. You can view your calendar in either Weekly,
Monthly, or Agenda view, and your instructor might use the Scheduler tool to schedule appointments
for something like exam review or class presentations. You can filter your calendar by turning courses
on an off by clicking on the color coded boxes next to the course name. And finally, if you use another calendar program
like Google Calendar, Outlook, or iCal you can subscribe to your Canvas Calendar in your
other program using the Calendar Feed link. The inbox tool is where you can see your Conversation
Messages. This is like email inside of Canvas. Select a message on the left to read it. If you have too many messages you can filter
them by course, or by other criteria like Starred, or Unread. The tools across the top allow you to start
a new message, reply, archive, and delete your messages. You can even search them to find the information
you’re looking for. When writing a new message first select the
course the message is about, then choose the recipients from the directory. You can send messages to your instructor and
other students in your course through Canvas. You can even add attachments and videos to
your messages. Let’s take a look inside one of the courses. We’ll start by looking at some of the basic
parts of the homepage before moving on. On the left is your Course Navigation menu. This is all items that are specific to this
course. And on the right side we have the To Do and
Coming Up lists again, but this time with just items from this course. In the center is the main content area. Here you will usually see a welcome message
or some basic course information. All instructors may build their course slightly
differently, so be sure to read the homepage content carefully and look for instructions
on how they want you to get started. In this case the instructor has given us a
nice “Start Here” button. Here, the button has taken us to the Module
view. If the instructor hasn’t given you a clear
path to get started, you can always come straight to the Module view by clicking the Module
Button in the Course Navigation. Modules are the primary way of organizing
your course content. Sometimes modules will be organized by subjects,
chapters in the textbook, or by weeks. Here we have an Orientation Module, follow
by the Week 2 module. So it appears that this instructor has organized
his course modules by weeks. Modules are a way for an instructor to guide
you through the course content in order. In this example you are expected to view the
week 2 overview, do the Module 1 Reading, and view the Module 1 lecture BEFORE taking
the module 1 quiz. The first item in this module is the Syllabus
Information, followed by an Introduction Video Page, and a discussion. Let’s take a look. Here’s the syllabus information page. I can read through all this important course
information and then at the bottom of the page click the “next” button to move on
to the next item in the module. Here we see the introduction video as promised. At the bottom of this page we see there is
a Next button to move to the next item in the module, as well as a Previous button if
we needed to go back one item. You will always have Next and PRevious buttons
at the bottom of the page to move through your module items. Looking back at the Module view we can see
that there are several different icon that represent different types of module items,
like Content Pages, Discussions, Quizzes, and Assignments. You may also notice that the Week 3 module
is locked because I need to finish Week 2 first. It’s also important to keep track of your
grades in your course. Click the Grades button in the Course navigation
to see your progress. In the Grades view we can see all the graded
items in the course listed by Due Date, we can see the due dates, the status, the score,
and the possible points. If your instructor has set up weighted assignment
groups you will be able to see that on the right side. The Grades view is also interactive, you can
enter temporary “What if” scores to see how specific scores might affect your overall
grade. For example if I get full points on this first
assignment I would have 100%, but if I only score 20 I would have an 67%. Ooh… I better study. Our instructor put the syllabus information
in the Orientation module, but you can also access this information by clicking the Syllabus
Tool button in the course navigation. This is a great tool because it shows you
so much information about the course all in one place. In the center you have the syllabus information
that the instructor has provided. On the right side you will see a summary view
calendar showing what dates have due items, and a list of the Assignment Group weights. Scrolling down we have a Course Summary listing
all the graded items in the course by Due date. Between the module content, course calendar,
course announcements, syllabus, and email and mobile notifications you’ll always know
what you need to do to be successful in your Canvas course. Finally, if you ever do need help in your
course you can come to the bottom of the Global Navigation area and click the Help Button. Here you can ask you instructor a question
by sending them an Inbox Message, Report the problem straight to Canvas if you think it’s
a technology problem, Call or chat with the 24/7 Canvas Support, or search the Canvas
Guides to learn more. The Canvas Guides are a series of print and
video tutorials that can show all you would ever need to know about how Canvas works. It’s usually a good idea to start there
if you’re having a problem, then message the instructor if you can’t find the answer. Thanks for joining me on this tour of your
Canvas online classroom. I know we talked about a lot of things, so
feel free to come back and visit. The tags that you saw in the corner of the
screen will help you find specific sections if you need to review. Until then, click Next at the bottom of this
page to continue on through this training module, and if you have any questions… you
know what to do.

11 thoughts on “Canvas LMS – Student Orientation Tour

  1. 0:00 Welcome to Canvas
    2:20 Account Settings
    4:23 Calendar
    5:37 Messaging and Communication
    6:18 Inside the Courses
    8:35 Grades
    10:00 Help, Navigation, and Technical Support

  2. Role based enrollment feature in Mahara? like a user is in cohort1 and later he promoted to cohort2. So, how it'll affect the system?

  3. I want to design content, design test and provide feedback and reinforcement and be text words and audio words and emoticon mobile tells the student that the answer is correct

    Is this here in this system?

  4. Excuse
    How to determine the opening of the second unit after the student has passed the first unit exam,
    I want to lock the second unit in front of the student until achieving 75% in the first unit test, how is it?

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