Daniel Gilogley

3 things to do as a Canvas admin right now to set up your Virtual Campus in preparation for COVID-19

Blog Post created by Daniel Gilogley Employee on Mar 8, 2020

If you are one of the Admins at a school, organisation or university which is impacted by COVID-19, we have identified 3 things that you can do right now to set up your Virtual Campus in Canvas. 



  • Ensure all users are provisioned within Canvas


Use a SIS Import to ensure that all your users are provisioned within Canvas. This will allow teachers to manually enrol users into courses, or enable you to enrol at scale. Some of these users may never need to access Canvas, but it can’t hurt!



  • Ensure you’ve got your tools connected


If your staff have powerpoints, documents, PDFs and other resources on their computer, they can quickly upload them into Canvas so that your students have access. If your institution is integrated with Google or Office365, you will also be able to access your files directly from your Google Drive or OneDrive. If you would like this tool to be installed, reach out to your CSM.


Canvas comes with BigBlueButton (BBB) installed, and your teachers can create web-conferences using the guide here. Your institution may also be using external video conferencing software such as Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Webex or Adobe Connect, so check in with your vendor to ask about your options.



  • Learn how to use Global Announcements


Global announcements allow the Admin to contact all or specific users within an account or subaccount using one message. You can schedule them and set an end date.


Global announcements are shown from all accounts associated with a user and they display in the user's Dashboard. If you select the option to send a notification, users who have enabled the Global Announcement notification preference can also receive alerts for global announcements via email or push notification.


Last Thoughts


With any of the tools in Canvas, including those listed above, reach out to Canvas Support if you ever need help. You can find them in your Help Menu.