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Canvas Help Guide: Getting Started with Canvas

Orient Yourself Using Canvas Videos

One of the best ways to become familiar with Canvas is to watch some videos.  These short
"how to" videos give you practical tips on using Canvas for the first time.  

Canvas videos for instructors







Overview of the Canvas user interface

6 min.

 Course Setup

Course Settings

Course Settings includes visibility, course description, language,

navigation, external apps, special features, and Student View.

6 min.

Course Homepage

Customize your course homepage

  4 min.

Using the Syllabus Tool

Add information, upload files, link to files, keep track of activities, or watch How to Upload Your Syllabus file if you’ve already created a syllabus as a word doc.

  5 min.



Use Modules to organize content by weeks, units, topics, etc. Add

assignments, quizzes, files, discussions to modules.

4 min.


Create Pages using the Canvas content editor to use in a module, as

a public Wiki, or as a course home page.

  3 min.


Add Files in three storage areas: My Files, Group, and Course. How

to upload, add, drag and drop, restrict access.

  3 min.



Communicate course information to students.

2 min.


Conduct online discussions with your students, as well as students dialoguing together on class content.

4 min.



Learn about the assignment index page, assignment groups and assignment creation.

  4 min.


 Quiz Overview

Learn how to create and manage quizzes in a Canvas course.

  4 min.

New Quizzes

Get an overview on how to create and manage assessments using New Quizzes

4 min.



Overview of Gradebook.

9 min.


Overview of Rubrics at the course level.

4 min.


How to use SpeedGrader to grade and comment on assignment submissions.

3 min.

Other tools


Use the Calendar to highlight due dates and schedule events.

5 min.

App Center

For Android and iOS users.  Follow the same steps for tablet displays.

4 min.

User Settings &
Profile Picture

Adjust the settings for your account and upload or change your profile picture.

2.5 min.