What can I do as a group member in the Canvas Community?

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Participation in a group includes varying degrees of commitment and engagement. You can keep your participation simple, such as viewing ongoing discussions and bookmarking content. Or, you can be as involved as creating resources and authoring the group blog. You might join a group, ask a question, get an answer, and never return. Or, you might come back regularly, answer other people's questions, and provide comments to in-depth discussions.

There is no minimum requirement for participation. The important thing is that you find some content interesting, relevant, valuable, or helpful, either for a one-time question or for long-term group participation.

View All Activity

The Activity feed is a great way to keep up with the daily activity of the group:

  • Shows status updates
  • References any mentions of the group from elsewhere in the community
  • Displays content that has been "shared" to the group

View All Content


Although the landing page of any group is organized intentionally to surface the most relevant and timely content, sometimes you want to view all content at once. This is helpful when you want to filter content by specific types, tags, categories, etc.

View All Members

The People tab allows you to view all the members in the group. If you want to invite a new member, click on Actions > Invite.

Types of Content

There are many different types of content you can create in a group:

  • Discussion (question)
  • Document (or file upload)
  • Blog post
  • Poll
  • Status update
  • Video
  • Event

Some items may be disabled by the group owner depending on the function or purpose of the group (e.g. Canvas Focus Groups).

Ask Questions vs. Start Discussion

The most common form of activities in the group are the question forums and the discussion areas. The main difference is that questions can be marked "correct answer" or "assumed answered." When creating discussions, be sure to UNCHECK the "mark this discussion as a question" default.

Other Resources

Blogs are great for editorializing your content. Members have shared creative work-arounds, pedagogical insights, and other musings in a blog. Polls can help take the pulse of the group on a topic. We see group owners launch polls more frequently than members. Documents and file uploads are often used to share more formal or collaborative resources. Documents have version history and can be authored by multiple members.

Access Creation Tools

First, you must be in the group in which you want to create resources. Then, there are two ways you can create content:

Via the Action Menu in the Banner Navigation

Via the Action List in Content

Contact Information

Contact the group leader first. If you are unsuccessful in your attempt to reach him/her, contact Stefanie Sanders.

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