Mount Saint Mary's University

Instructional Design &
Canvas Support

Canvas Essentials

Overview

The following covers the most commonly requested Canvas tutorials. If you would to see our more comprehensive set of tutorials, check out our FAQ. Or head over to the Canvas Instructor Guides.

Add Your Syllabus

  1. Log into your course
  2. Click on the Syllubus link in your course menu
  3. Click the Edit button in the upper right
  4. Place your cursor in the Rich Text Editor
  5. Click on the Files tab in the upper right (you may have to scroll down to find it).
  6. Click Upload New File
  7. Click Choose File
  8. Navigate your computer and choose your syllabus file (e.g. word doc, pdf)
  9. Click Upload
  10. This will add your syllabus as a link in the rich text editor

Making Your Course Available To Students

There are 3 aspects of Canvas that determine wether a student will have access to the course and the course content.

  1. Publishing your course
  2. The Course Start Date
  3. Module and Content item Publishing

Publishing your course

  1. Log into your course
  2. Click on the Home button in your course menu
  3. Look to the right (or scroll down) and look for the Course Status
  4. Click Publish to publish the course
You can only unpublish a course if students have yet to interact with the course and/or submit assignments.

The Course Start Date

  1. Log into your course
  2. Click on the Settings button at the bottom of your course menu
  3. Under the Course Settings tab (default), look for the Starts field
  4. Click on the Calendar Icon to adjust the date
  5. Scroll down and click Update Course Details
Course end dates are determined by the MSMU Registrar, you can not change the end date without chair approval.

Module and Content item Publishing

Most people are aware that if their content item isn't published, that students will not be able to access the content. This is great while you are composing, so student can't see what you are creating until it's ready. Slightly less well known is that the modules also have a publish setting. If the module is not published, regardless of if the content items in the module are published, students will not be able to access the content. It is therefore important to make sure both the Module and the content item(s) are published.

Unpublished

The image above shows a Module and Content item that has not been published. You can tell by the grayed out cloud on the right, and the missing vertical colored bar and grayed out circle symbol icon. A published content item will always show in Purple. Since the module has not been published, students will not see any of the content in that module. Even the Module 2 Orientation will be hidden from their view.

Published

The above image demonstrates a properly published module and content items.

We reccommend that you always leave the Module published - so as you don't forget to publish a module when you intended. If you would like to give students access to a module after a certain date, or after they complete said tasks - view the following articles on how to set up these automatic features.
  1. Module Prerequisites
  2. Loc Until
  1. Log into your course
  2. Click on the Settings button at the bottom of your course menu
  3. Under the Course Settings tab (default), look for the Starts field
  4. Click on the Calendar Icon to adjust the date
  5. Scroll down and click Update Course Details
Course end dates are determined by the MSMU Registrar, you can not change the end date without chair approval.

Managing Attendance

The following should set you up to win in all things Attendance.

  1. Taking Attendance
  2. Keeping Attendance From Impacting Final Grades

Managing the Gradebook

The following should set you up to win in all things Gradebook.

  1. Setting Up The Gradebook
  2. Entering Grades
  3. Canvas: Using the Gradebook