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Groups.jpgOver the past few months, I've helped answer a handful of questions re: people wanting to set up a campus club or group in Canvas that lives outside of any course.  The club/group isn't tied to any one course.  For example, we have a Multicultural Club, an Auto Technicians Club, an Accounting Club, and a Chiropractic Specialist Club (to name a few) in our Canvas instance.


In order to set this up, you need to have Admin access to your Canvas instance.  If you don't have this kind of access, speak to someone who is at your school.  Here's what you get: Home, Announcements, Pages, People, Discussions, Files, Conferences, and Collaborations.


Here are the steps to setting this up:


Go to your Admin Pages (Managed Account) of Canvas.


  1. Go to your Admin Pages (Managed Account) of Canvas.
  2. Click People on the left nav.
  3. On the upper right corner of the screen, click on the More People Options (three dots) button.
  4. Select View user groups.
  5. Click the + Group Set button to name your group set (for example, "Clubs").
  6. Click the + Group button to add the name of a group within that Group Set.
  7. Begin adding people to the Group by clicking on the round + icon next to the name of the group.  You can search for a person's name or their e-mail address.
  8. Click on the cog wheel to set the Group Leader.  At this time, there can only be one Leader per group.


Keep in mind that if you have the same person in multiple groups, it will be necessary to first create an additional Group Set (step #5) since an individual cannot currently be assigned to two or more Groups within the same Group Set.

CraigKilborn.jpgIn the spirit of former late night TV host Craig Kilborn (famous for "5 Questions"), here are some things that we have done prior to the start of the semester to ensure a healthy start to the school year...


  1. Offer face-to-face sessions for students who would like to come to one of our campuses and have a hands-on demo of Canvas.
  2. Started a department newsletter that was sent out to all faculty and adjuncts via e-mail.
  3. Offered Canvas Community 2.0 sessions for our faculty who wanted to know more about this space.
  4. Posted reminders as announcements to the Canvas Dashboard for faculty and adjuncts that they need to publish their courses and ensure their start dates were correct.
  5. Created two new resources over the Summer for faculty.  One is called "Canvas Resources for Instructors at MPTC", and the other is called "Canvas Labs".

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