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
*Users may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments
Plug-ins & extensions
Canvas requires the following browser plug-ins for certain actions:
*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:
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
Mobile operating system
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:
Students are responsible for obtaining their own hardware if needed. Multimedia hardware is often available in classrooms where there are workstations present.
Recommended Help Guides
Control how, when and where Canvas communicates with you. By default, Canvas sends emails to professor and student SU email addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org) with important updates, announcements and messages.
Recommended Help Guides
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)
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)
Recommended Help Guidess
Please contact the Canvas Support Team to report technical issues using videos in Canvas:
Call (844) 668-0893
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
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.
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.
Recommended Help Guides (view all Grades guides)
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 , the email is sent from the name of your course , and the announcement message is included in the email :
You can also view a list of all course announcements by clicking the Announcements tab in the course navigation . Click the title of an announcement to view the message :
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)
Browse Canvas iOS Guides
Browse Canvas Android Guides
EvaluationKit is the system used to collect course evaluations from students. You will see course evaluation reminders from EvaluationKit after logging into Canvas.
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:
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
Arts & Sciences
College of Education
College of Nursing
Matteo Ricci College
Science & Engineering
School of Law
School of New & Continuing Studies