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Tip: In-person Canvas workshops are provided by CDLI on an ongoing basis. Want to practice using Canvas with a real course? See the Request a Prep Space page for details.


Getting Started

After you login to Canvas, your personal Dashboard consists of three main elements 1) Global Navigation 2) Course Cards 3) Sidebar. Hover your mouse over the image below and then click the numbers to learn more about each element:

You will be taken into a Canvas course when you click on a Canvas course card from your personal Dashboard. The Canvas course interface consists of three main elements 1) Course Navigation 2) Content Area 3) Sidebar. Hover your mouse over the image below and then click the numbers to learn more about each element:


Distributing Course Content

There are many places you can post your course syllabus in Canvas. CDLI recommends you post your syllabus document to the Canvas course home page so it's easy to find for your students. The below video will help you create a new page where you can upload your Syllabus and then set it as your homepage.



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Tip: CDLI provides reusable templates for designing custom Canvas course homepages. Help your students navigate your course site with style!
 Tip: You can enable a recent Announcements banner that will appear on the top of your course home page. Please see the How do I show recent announcements in the Course Home Page? guide for instructions.


Modules help you organize course content and activities for students. You may choose to organize modules chronologically (e.g. by week or by class meeting); by course topic or unit (which may span multiple weeks); or by type of content (e.g. lecture slides, assignment handouts, etc.).



Recommended Help Guides (view all Modules guides)


Tip: if you have a lot of documents to add to your course, you can bulk upload them using the course Files link. Please see the How do I bulk upload files to a course? Canvas guide for instructions. Remember to use Modules to organize these course documents for your students.


You can upload your own videos and audio files in Canvas for password-protected, streaming playback by your students using Canvas Studio (a tool that is integrated with Canvas at SU). After you've shared your video with a class in Canvas, you can track individual student views using built-in analytics. Students can also upload videos, audio files, and webcam recordings to Canvas assignments, quizzes and discussions. Please see the Uploading Videos & Webcam Recordings section of the student Canvas tutorials for more information. Videos uploaded to Arc are automatically machine captioned, but require cleanup using the caption editor to make them fully accessible.

 Note: the Arc tab in your Canvas courses only shows videos that you've uploaded to Canvas. Students are unable to view this tab and instead will be able to watch videos you have embeded into pages. Please see instructions below for sharing uploaded videos with a class.


 Tip: students can upload videos, audio files, and webcam recordings to Canvas discussions, assignments, and quiz essay questions. Discussions and quiz essay questions don't require special configurations to accept student video uploads. Assignments must have the Text Entry submission option enabled for student video uploads. Please see the How do I create an online assignment? Canvas help guide for instructions.


Technical Support

Please contact the Canvas Faculty Support Team to report technical issues using videos in Canvas:

Call (833) 250-2081
Email: support@instructure.com


Removing unused or redundant Canvas course navigation tabs is a very important and simple way to help your students use your course site.



Recommended Help Guide

  • How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?
  • The following course navigation links are commonly used in Canvas courses:
    • Home
    • Announcements
    • Modules
    • Grades
    • People
    • My Media
    • Student Course Evaluations (only shown to students when a course evaluation is ready)
    • Instructor Course Evaluations (always hidden to students)



Designing Online Assignments

Use Canvas assignments to collect student work. CDLI recommends that you organize assignments, and other course materials, with modules. Please see Using Modules to Organize Your Course for instructions.



Recommended Help Guides (view all Assignment guides)



 Note: Starting July 1, 2017 Turnitin is no longer be available to SU faculty. The service has been discontinued as part of university-wide budget reduction efforts.


Discussions can be used for a wide range of activities including a simple Q&A message board, a debate, or the exploration of ideas.



Recommended Help Guides (view all Discussion guides)

Canvas quizzes are best used in low-stakes assessments to both help students check their understanding, and to help faculty identify common student misunderstandings. The video below will help you set up your quiz for the first time.



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Canvas group workspaces provide an area for students to collaborate on small group projects and discussions. You can assign both Canvas assignments and discussions to student groups that you have created.



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 Note: group settings cannot be enabled after students have submitted work to an assignment or replied to a discussion. As a best practice, enable group settings on an assignment or discussion before students submit their work.
 Tip: If you aren't looking to assign groups to a graded assignment or discussion, you can let students create their own group workspaces. Please see the How do I create a group as a student? guide for instructions.


The Canvas peer review functionality enables students provide feedback on their classmates' work. You can provide students the same rubric you will use for grading for their peer review. Students can even leave annotations directly their classmate's submissions.


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 Note: automatic assignment of peer reviews only happens once. Schedule peer reviews after the due date if you accept late submissions.
 Tip: if you need to record two scores, one for the student's review(s) and one for the student's paper -- you will need to create an additional assignment to record both of these scores separately. This is a common setup for summative assessments (i.e. final papers) that include peer review.



Grading in Canvas

Rubrics are a great way to make your assignments clear to your students and easier for you to grade.



Recommended Help Guides (view all Rubric guides)


 Tip: please direct students to the Check Your Grades and Feedback section of the student guides if they are having trouble finding your rubric feedback


The Canvas SpeedGrader tool lives up to its name by opening student submissions directly in an internet browser - no downloading required. Canvas SpeedGrader lets you enter student grades, annotate directly on student papers, and also leave audio or video feedback for students.


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 Tip: please direct students to the Check Your Grades and Feedback section of the student guides if they are having trouble finding your grades, annotations, and overall submission feedback


The video and guides below will help you practice building a Canvas course gradebook to record, calculate and securely distribute student grades and feedback.



Recommended Help Guides (view all SpeedGrader guides)



 Tip: Please see the How do I give my students extra credit? guide to learn approaches for awarding extra credit in Canvas.
 Tip: an alternate method of tracking attendance is to use the Gradebook Notes column to keep personal notes about students in your course



Communicating with Students

This video and related guides will help you post a Canvas course announcement, which automatically sends your message to the SU email accounts of students in your course.



Recommended Help Guides (view all Announcements guides)



 Tip: You can open course Announcements for student comments, which are visible to the entire class. Please see the Opening Announcements for Comments help guide for instructions.

This video and related guides will help you use Canvas to send a message to an individual student, or a small group of students. Your message is stored in your Canvas Inbox and automatically sent to students' SU email accounts. Students can send a reply to your message from their SU email without logging into Canvas.



Recommended Help Guides (view all Inbox guides)



 Tip: You can also click a student's name inside a discussion or the Gradebook to start a personal conversation with that student. Please see the How do I view a context card for a student in a course? Canvas help guide for more information.

By default, Canvas sends emails to faculty and student SU email addresses (user@seattleu.edu) with important updates and announcements. Please see the guides below for instructions to help you make sure you're receiving important Canvas emails from your students.


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 Tip: set your "Submission Comment" notification to ASAP to receive emails when students leave comments on their assignment submissions. Additionally, turn on "Announcement Created By You" and "Conversation Created By Me" to receive email copies of your communications.
 Note: not seeing Canvas messages in your SU email inbox? Please see the Help Clutter learn your preferences section of this help guide.



Course Evaluations

EvaluationKIT is Seattle University's course evaluation system. EvaluationKIT is integrated into Canvas, allowing students to provide feedback about courses and instructors via a convenient link located inside their course. Instructors and evaluation report administrators also access EvaluationKIT from within Canvas.

Help Guides

You can find how-to guides by entering your Canvas course and clicking the Instructor Course Evaluations link in the course navigation. You will find the Help button on the upper-right corner of the screen:

Image showing EvaluationKit Help Button


 Tip: students are reminded of incomplete course evaluations by a pop-up window upon logging into Canvas, here is what the pop-up looks like:

EvaluationKit student reminder pop-up in Canvas


Technical Support

Support for EvalutionKIT is provided by the Evaluation Administrators for each school or college. If you are having questions or are experiencing a problem with EvaluationKIT please contact the appropriate administrator below:

Albers School of Business & Economics
Liz Wick
(206) 296-5698

Arts & Sciences
Sarah McKinley
(206) 398-4372

College of Education
Beth Armitage
(206) 296-6170

College of Nursing
Missy Hancock
(206) 296-9686

Kei Hattori
(206) 296-2152

Science & Engineering
Jorge Vargas
(206) 296-5503

Chandra Catron
(206) 296-2452

School of Law
Deann Ketchum
(206) 398-4302

School of New & Continuing Studies
Heidi Carlson
(206) 220-8280

School of Theology & Ministry
Lizzie Young
(206) 296-5312