Scoping Canvas Training [EMEA]

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Scoping Your Canvas Training

Review this document ahead of your scoping call, to enable you and your trainer to plan a training session that will best meet your needs.


  • Attendees: sessions should target users of similar experience, understanding of Canvas, or who have the same role in the institution.  We suggest a maximum of 20 attendees so that there is time for hands-on, discussion and questions; all of which help keep attendees engaged and build confidence with the tools covered.
  • Timings: A normal day of training is 6 hours e.g. 09:00 - 16:00, with a 60-minute lunch break (and short comfort breaks in AM and PM)
  • Topics: We provide training on Canvas, and your trainer will help build an agenda based on the Canvas tools of your choice (see below).  You should let the trainer know of any institutional policies or recommendations for how Canvas is to be used.
    Note: we provide training on Canvas, not on integrations or third-party Apps/LTIs.

Things To Consider


  • Purpose:
    • What are you hoping to achieve within this training?
    • What do you feel must happen for it to be a success?
  • Attendees: How would you like to tailor the training to meet the needs of your invited audience?
  • What is their role within the organisation? What will they be using Canvas for?
  • What experience will attendees have had with Canvas before attending?
    • What are their expectations of Canvas, and of the training?
  • Format/Time:


    • How do you want to structure your time?
      • The same session delivered multiple times to different groups?
      • Different sessions working with the same group?
    • Where will the training/sessions take place?

Canvas Training “Menu”

This is a listing of the possible topics that can be covered during Canvas training.

Getting Started with Teaching in Canvas

Canvas Basics


  • Canvas Dashboard
  • Global Navigation Bar
  • Help Corner


  • New Events
  • New “Assignment Shell”
  • Drag & Drop Features
  • Scheduler Tool

Course Communication

  • Announcements
  • Self Populating Syllabus



  • Uploading Files
  • Organizing File Area
  • Restricting Access

Personal Settings

  • User Profile & Settings
  • Adding Contact Methods
  • Web Services

Canvas Inbox

  • Canvas Inbox
  • Filtering Messages
  • Creating New Messages

Course-Flow and Organization

Building Modules

  • Concept
  • Creating Modules
  • Adding Content

Controlling Access to Content

  • Locking
  • Requirements
  • Pre-requisites
  • Monitoring Progress

Structuring Content Delivery

  • Linking to Modules on Homepage or Syllabus
  • Next/Previous Buttons
  • Duplicating Modules

Building Course Content

Rich Content Editor

  • Overview of tools
  • Incorporating LTI Apps
  • Embedding Content

Content Pages

  • Overview
  • Page options
  • Linking multimedia

Learning Activities


  • Assignment Groups
  • Types of Assignments
  • Overview of options
  • Student view


  • Overview
  • Types of Discussions Discussion options
  • Student view

Quizzes & Surveys

  • Overview of options
  • Question types
  • Quiz settings
  • Student view

Grading and Feedback Tools


  • General settings
  • Manually scoring
  • Student view


  • Annotations
  • Leaving feedback
  • Grading

Digging Deeper with Teaching in Canvas

Canvas Quizzes - Advanced

Quiz Questions

  • Question types
  • Automatic feedback
  • Embedding multimedia

Question Banks

  • Creating and use cases
  • Copy/Move questions
  • Linking QB’s to Quizzes



  • Creating a Quizzes.Next Quiz
  • New Question Types
  • Considerations
  • Migrating Quizzes to Quizzes.Next

Item Banks

  • Managing Items
  • Using Item Banks

Assessment Tools


  • Creating new Rubrics
  • Overview of options
  • Attaching to Assessments
  • Student view


  • Overview
  • Creating new Outcomes
  • Measuring Outcomes
  • (Student) Learning Mastery Gradebook

Collaborations in Canvas

Group Sets and Groups

  • Overview
  • Manually creating groups
  • Automatically generating groups


  • Collaborations
  • Conferences
  • Chat


Mastery Paths

Mastery Paths Feature

  • Concept and use cases
  • Settings

Building Mastery Paths

  • Defining your Mastery Paths
  • Using the configuration page
  • Monitoring student progress

Outcome: Participants will be able to customise the learning experiences of students based on performance. They will be able to differentiate Assignments for students to complete required learning, optional learning, or choosing their own content and assignments.
Managing Canvas as an Administrator

Organizing Canvas


  • Canvas structure
  • Creating sub-accounts
  • Benefits of subaccounts

Courses & Terms

  • Monitoring courses
  • Troubleshooting courses
  • Creating terms


  • Cross-listing sections
  • De-cross-listing sections

Managing Users and Settings


  • Manually adding users
  • Monitoring users
  • Masquerading as users

Roles & Permissions

  • Course/account roles
  • Enabling/disabling permissions
  • Adding custom roles

General Settings

  • Communication features
  • Enabling LTIs
  • Feature Options
  • Customising (Sub) Account set up

Statistics and Shared Resources

The Numbers

  • Analytics
  • Statistics
  • Reports

Shared Resources

  • Outcomes
  • Rubrics
  • Grading schemes
  • Question banks


Blueprint Courses

Blueprint Planning

  • Enabling feature option
  • Permissions
  • Considerations

Configuring Blueprints

  • Associating BluePrints
  • Locking items
  • Syncing items


  • Creating Blueprint
  • Managing Content

Canvas Commons

Commons Administration

  • Public visibility options
  • Groups
  • Consortiums

Importing and Searching

  • Using Shared Resources
  • Importing items and courses into Canvas

Managing Resources

  • Tags and visibility
  • Publishing and Re-publishing

Outcome: Canvas Admins will be able to configure the access that their users have to the public and shared Commons resources; users will know how to find and share items from and to the Commons.

Supporting Canvas as an Administrator

Canvas Support Overview

Canvas Guides

  • Accessing the Guides
  • Finding answers
  • Using the Guides to help users


  • Canvas Studio
  • Asking questions, finding answers
  • Joining groups
  • Sharing ideas
  • Canvas Live

Service Cloud

Reporting Problems with Canvas

  • Submitting tickets
  • Escalating tickets
  • Managing tickets

Ticket Information

  • Monitoring Ticket Workflow
  • Ticket metadata
  • Troubleshooting tips


  • Reports: accessing,

configuring, running.

Outcome: Participants will be able to access the Service Cloud ticketing system to review and answer tickets from their users (where appropriate).



Canvas Training [Example 1 Day Agenda aimed at Teachers]
This is an example agenda for teaching staff starting with Canvas.  You may wish to use the agenda as-is, or work with your trainer to customise the content.

Morning [09:00 - 12:00]


Introductions, Objectives and Context

  1. Developing Course Structure  
  • Creating Modules
  • Adding Content
  • Options for controlling access, supporting engagement and monitoring learner progress

Comfort Break


  1. Learning Activities  
  • Discussions
  • Assignments
  • Concept, settings and use cases
  1. Creating Course Content  
  • Effective use of Files
  • Using the Rich Content Editor
  • Embedding Content
  1. Course Design
  • Options for Home Pages
  • Course Navigation
  • Course Settings

Lunch [12:00 - 13:00]

Afternoon [13:00 - 16:00]

  1. Feedback and Grading Tools  
  • SpeedGrader
  • Gradebook
  • Assignment Groups

Comfort Break

  1. Quizzes  
  • Types and settings
  • Enabling student-led learning
  • Grading and reports
  • Looking ahead - Quizzes.Next
  1. Rubrics
  • Concept and use cases
  • Creating and managing
  • Assessment & monitoring progress
  • Use for grading / Non-Scoring options
  1. Canvas Tools
  • Inbox
  • Calendar
  • Personal Account Settings
  • Help! Canvas Guides and Canvas Community
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