• Which browsers does Canvas support?

    Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Supported Browsers Canvas supports the current and first previous major rel...
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  • What are Discussions?

    Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions allows for interactive communication betw...
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  • Where do I find my institution's URL to access Canvas?

    Every institution (or school) uses a specific URL to access Canvas. Institutions follow a URL structure of [your institution name].instructure.com or canvas.[your institution name].edu. Your institution may access Can...
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  • What are Collaborations?

    Canvas leverages collaborative technology to allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will ...
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  • What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?

    This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and better connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you m...
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  • What is the Course Import Tool?

    The Course Import Tool makes it easy to extract course content, assignments, and quizzes from previous terms and quickly import them into existing courses. The same tool is used to import course materials from differe...
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  • What languages does Canvas support?

    Language preferences can be set by the user, by the instructor in a specific course, or by the admin for the entire account. However, depending on the Canvas area, some language preferences can be overridden. If no la...
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  • What is the Teacher role?

    In Canvas, the Teacher role is used to enroll users responsible for course creation, instruction, and management. Teachers are also referred to as instructors in Canvas. In general, users with the Teacher role have pe...
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  • What are Analytics?

    Analytics evaluate individual components of a course and evaluate student performance. Analytics takes a three-pronged approach to creating substantive data for Canvas users. Justification focuses on system reports ...
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  • What are question banks?

    You can create account and sub-account level Question Banks in your Canvas instance. This allows anyone in the account to have access to the questions. Click here to view a video about Question Banks. Open Questio...
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  • What are Pages?

    Pages store content and educational resources that are part of a course or group but don’t necessarily belong in an assignment. Pages can include text, video, and links to files and other course or group content...
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  • What is the Observer role?

    In Canvas, the Observer role can be used to enroll parents, mentors, and guests who would like to participate in a Canvas course but do not need to earn course credit. Observers have limited permissions that allow the...
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  • What are Modules?

    Modules allow instructors to organize content to help control the flow of the course. Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or a different organizational structure. Modules essentially create a ...
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  • What are Files?

    Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files. Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links ...
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  • What are Assignments?

    Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by usin...
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  • What are ePortfolios?

    Because ePortfolios are tied to the user Profiles and not a specific course, users can build an unlimited number of ePortfolios in which to collect and document their educational projects, submissions, experiences, an...
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  • What is the Polls for Canvas app?

    The Polls for Canvas app is the easy way for instructors to request student opinion in the classroom and collect responses with ease—users only need to download the Polls for Canvas app on their smartphone devic...
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  • What is Canvas Commons?

    Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other us...
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  • What is the Roll Call Attendance Tool?

    The Attendance (Roll Call) tool is an external app (LTI) used for taking attendance in Canvas courses. The Attendance tool can be used for online or face-to-face courses. Enabled at the account level, the Roll Call At...
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  • What are External Apps (LTI Tools)?

    LTI provides a framework through which an LMS (Canvas) can send some verifiable information about a user to a third party. For LTI to work, the third party needs to provide a consumer key and shared secret that Canvas...
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