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Note: tutorials are best viewed on desktops, laptops, or tablets. Smartphone displays may not be large enough to view these tutorials.

 

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 numbers below to learn more:

 

When you click on a course from your personal Dashboard, you will be taken into a Canvas course. The course interface consists of three main elements 1) Course Navigation 2) Content Area 3) Sidebar. Hover your mouse over the numbers below to learn more:


Canvas is built using web standards and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with an up-to-date web browser. Canvas supports the latest two versions of every browser release and plugin. It is highly recommended that all users update to the newest version of their preferred internet browser and plug-ins.

Supported Internet browsers

  • Chrome (Best Choice)
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Not Recommended

  • Microsoft Edge*
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

*Users may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments

Tip: for more information and links to download the latest internet browsers, please see the Canvas help guide on browser support

 

Plug-ins & extensions

Canvas requires the following browser plug-ins for certain actions:

  • Adobe Flash * (for media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment)
  • Oracle Java ** (for screen sharing in Conferences)

*Adobe Flash Player is integrated with the Chrome browser and enabled by default
**If you have trouble installing the Java file for screen sharing in Conferences, you may need to update Java to the most recent version.

Depending on your use of Canvas, some files and media may require downloading and viewing with free external software:

  • Adobe Acrobat/Reader 11 and DC (Adobe Reader Touch 1.3 for Windows 8 RT)
  • Apple QuickTime 10 (OS X), 7.7.8 (Microsoft Windows 7)

 

Computer speed, operating systems & screen size

Canvas requirements mostly impact your internet browser version and plug-ins. In fact, any operating system capable of supporting the most recent versions of common internet browsers should meet minimum Canvas requirements:

 Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

 Operating system

  • Microsoft 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

 Mobile operating system

  • iOS 7 and newer
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Screen size

  • 800x600 pixels minimum
 Note: 800x600 pixels is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, Canvas recommends you use the free Canvas mobile app.

 

Additional recommended hardware

Professors often find that incorporating rich media interactions into their course can increase student engagement. Canvas supports web conferencing, media-rich discussion threads and media assignment submissions. The following hardware is recommended to take advantage of these engaging tools:

  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Webcam

Students are responsible for obtaining their own hardware if needed. Multimedia hardware is often available in classrooms where there are workstations present.

 


Profile settings

Note: Canvas display names, bio information and profile pictures should reflect student personal accountability and responsibility as described in the SU Code of Student Conduct

Recommended Help Guides

 

Notification preferences

Control how, when and where Canvas communicates with you. By default, Canvas sends emails to professor and student SU email addresses (user@seattleu.edu) with important updates, announcements and messages.

Note: double-check your Notifications preferences to receive email messages from Canvas in a timely manner. Not seeing Canvas messages in your SU email inbox? Please see the Help Clutter learn your preferences section of this help guide.

Recommended Help Guides

 

 

Completing Assignments & Checking Grades


There are various options for turning in your work to Canvas assignments including file uploads, text entry, website URLs, and even media recordings from your webcam.

 

 

Recommended Help Guides (view all Assignment guides)

 

 Tip: having trouble keeping track of when assignments are due in Canvas? Please see the Assignments Overview video.

 Tip: you can submit papers directly from your SU Office 365 OneDrive account to Canvas assignments. Please see the Office 365 guide for information on Microsoft tools provided to all SU students.

Discussions allow students to communicate asynchronously (not in real time) with the class. The video and guides below will give you a general understanding of how they work

 

 

Recommended Help Guides (view all Discussion guides)

 

Note: you'll need to upload images into your personal files area in Canvas before embedding them into a Discussion reply. Please see the Canvas guides How do I upload files to my personal Files? and How do I embed images from Canvas into the Rich Content Editor? for instructions.

 Note: the My Media tab in your Canvas courses only shows videos that you've uploaded to Canvas. Professors viewing this tab will only see videos they have uploaded into Canvas, since the My Media tab is specific to each user. Please see instructions below for sharing your videos with professors and classmates.

Recommended Help Guidess

Tip: looking to record a short video from your mobile device that you won't need to reuse or edit? Please see guides for the free iOS and Android Canvas mobile apps for instructions to record and attach videos into Canvas Assignments, Discussions, and Inbox Conversations.
  • Creating Video Clips (i.e.: edit out parts of your video before submitting to an assignment or discussion)

 

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

Call (844) 668-0893
-or-
Email: support@instructure.com

 


Canvas Quizzes can be used by professors to check your understanding of course material. The quiz tool can also be used as an ungraded survey, including the option for anonymous responses. Quiz question can be multiple choice, true/false, and essay responses, among others. Your professor may program automated feedback for you to review upon submitting the quiz or survey.

 

Recommended Help Guides (view all Quiz guides)

 


Professors may create student peer review assignments, so you can leave feedback on your classmates' work.

 

 

Recommended Help Guides

Note: if you do not see Assignment submissions made by other students for you to review even though you know your professor is using peer reviews, it may be because your professor has selected the option that requires you to submit your Assignment before your peer reviews are assigned.

Canvas Groups provide a collaborative workspace for you and your fellow classmates where you can share files, work together on papers, hold video conferences, send announcements, and start discussions. Your professor may create a group assignment, where one group member submits your work on behalf of the group.

Note: your professor has access to all group workspaces in a course

Here's a video showing how groups are administered, and how to create your own group workspace if your professor has allowed that option.

 


Canvas makes it easy to check your grades and feedback posted by professors. By default, Notifications of new grades and feedback from professors are sent to student SU email accounts with a quick-link to log into Canvas for viewing.

Note: it is highly recommended that you double-check your personal Notifications preferences to make sure you receive important messages from professors in a timely manner

 

 

Recommended Help Guides (view all Grades guides)

 

 

Communicating with Professors and Classmates


Professors send Canvas announcements to the entire class, which you will also receive in your SU email. In the example below you see that the Canvas announcement email subject line includes the announcement title and course name [1], the email is sent from the name of your course [2], and the announcement message is included in the email [3]:

 

You can also view a list of all course announcements by clicking the Announcements tab in the course navigation [1]. Click the title of an announcement to view the message [2]:

 

Note: it is highly recommended that you double-check your personal Notifications preferences to make sure you receive important messages from professors in a timely manner

 


Both students and professors use the Canvas Conversations Inbox tool to send messages to one or more recipients. You (and anyone you send a message to) will receive Canvas personal messages in your SU email account by default.

 

 

Recommended Help Guides (view all Conversations guides)

 

Note: it is highly recommended that you double-check your personal Notifications preferences to make sure you receive important messages from professors in a timely manner

 

Canvas Mobile Apps


 Note: Canvas is accessible through Chrome and Firefox mobile web browsers. However, mobile browsers are not supported, and features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.
The free Canvas mobile app lets you keep track of assignments in your courses, submit your work, check grades and feedback, and communicate with professors and classmates - all on the go!
 
 
 Note: any quizzes that do not contain supported question types will be redirected to the unofficially supported mobile web version of Canvas. Additionally, the app does not currently support one-question-at-a-time quizzes, quizzes with passcode restrictions, or quizzes with IP address restrictions.

 

Browse Canvas iOS Guides

 


 Note: Canvas is accessible through Chrome and Firefox mobile web browsers. However, mobile browsers are not supported, and features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.
The free Canvas mobile app lets you keep track of assignments in your courses, submit your work, check grades and feedback, and communicate with professors and classmates - all on the go!
 
 
 Note: any quizzes that do not contain supported question types will be redirected to the unofficially supported mobile web version of Canvas. Additionally, the app does not currently support one-question-at-a-time quizzes, quizzes with passcode restrictions, or quizzes with IP address restrictions.

 

Browse Canvas Android Guides

 

 

Course Evaluations


EvaluationKit is the system used to collect course evaluations from students. You will see course evaluation reminders from EvaluationKit after logging into Canvas.

 

Help Guides

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

 

 Tip: you will be reminded of incomplete course evaluations by a pop-up window upon logging into Canvas, here is what the pop-up will look like:

 

Technical Support

Support for EvalutionKIT is provided by the EvaluationKIT administrators for each school and 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
wickl@seattleu.edu

Arts & Sciences
Rosie Sabaric
(206) 398-4372
sabaricr@seattleu.edu

College of Education
Beth Armitage
(206) 296-6170
armitagb@seattleu.edu

College of Nursing
Tucker Bearden
(206) 296-2382
beardent@seattleu.edu

Matteo Ricci College
Fran Henderson
(206) 296-2690
fdh@seattleu.edu

Science & Engineering
Lily King
(206) 296-5503
kingli@seattleu.edu

School of Law
Deann Ketchum
(206) 398-4302
ketchumd@seattleu.edu

School of New & Continuing Studies
Elizabeth Weaver
(206) 220-8280
walline@seattleu.edu

 

Get answers fast from the Canvas Student support team. 

Student Canvas Support Hotline:

1-844-668-0893

Email: support@instructure.com

 

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