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Course sites are auto-generated in Canvas.  This means if you intend to use a course site for your course there is no need to request it. If you don’t intend to use the site, don’t worry, it remains hidden from students until you decide if and when you wish to publish it.  You will be able to access your course site/s through canvas.umn.edu using your University user id and password.   After successfully logging in, you should see your course site(s) listed.  Again, the sites are not visible to students until you publish them.  If you intend to teach in Moodle for Spring 2018 you can ignore these sites.

In order to teach from this site, you must populate the content, you can:

  • start from scratch
  • import your Moodle content This may be done with the assistance of DEI as we work with each department to train staff and convert courses.  You can also request assistance by contacting our team at DEIteam@umn.edu.

When you are ready for students to access the site you can publish it by clicking the publish button in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Not sure if you are ready?  You can use this Start of Term Checklist t to doublecheck.  We recommend after publishing the site, you also notify students about your choice to use Canvas this semester via email, in your syllabus or as an announcement in class.

Want to learn more about Canvas?  The following Canvas course site not only provides you with valuable information on how to use the system it also allows you to try out some of Canvas’ many features.  

Have a question about Canvas?  DEI may have the answer, please contact us at DEIteam@umn.edu.

More Than Conversion: Ten Simple Steps to Canvas Success

Modules

What reading should be done prior to a quiz? When does a discussion take place? Which weeks of the course are busy with reading? Use the Modules view to lay out your course by weeks or in logical segments.

Gradebook

Speedgrader and features of the gradebook like categories and weighting allow for grading ease. Need a column in your gradebook? Just add an assignment without a student submission. It’s that easy.

Calendar

Has it been mentioned already?  With good reason. Assign due dates to activities and not only will they automatically appear in the course calendar, but also on the Syllabus page, the To Do and Coming soon lists.

Notifications

Configure your notifications to receive updates about what’s happening in your course as quickly (or not) as you desire!

Google Docs

Use Canvas Collaborations to integrate Google docs into your course with ease!

Peer Review

Easily and automatically match students for peer review and assign multiple due dates for sharing and review.

Prerequisites/Requirements

Pace and manage student progress during the semester.

Delayed Postings

Not going to be around to send your students an important announcement?  You can do so before you leave!

Video Creation

Want to record an introduction to the current topic but don’t have fancy software? Use the Canvas editor to both record a video and automatically display it in your course for students to view.

Canvas Apps

Canvas apps for teaching and learning on the go!

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