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Contingency Planning

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Blueprint Courses are courses that are used as template courses. Course content can be locked and then synced to associated courses. As an instructor, you can manage unlocked blueprint course content, lock course content, sync associated courses, and view sync history. 

Canvas Guides

 

FAQ

Can I receive notifications when my course is updated from a blueprint course sync? 

Yes. You can manage notification types and how often you receive them in your Canvas notification preferences

After my course has been updated from a blueprint course sync, what are some things I might need to do? 

Verify and adjust content due dates and to whom the content is assigned. 

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This flowchart provides a brief summary for instructors for starting a new Canvas course.

View the Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor Flowchart PDF.

 


Last update: 2020-03-13

 

This PDF can also be accessed from the following Canvas Guides:

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If you are new to Canvas, this page will provide you with some essential resources so you can create an account, familiarize yourself with Canvas, and participate in your Canvas courses.

 

Canvas Guides

The Canvas Student Guide has over 200 lessons that each answer a question that relates to using the Canvas interface as a student. Included below is a selection of lessons that will introduce you to the basics of Canvas. Each lesson also includes Next and Previous links so you can easily navigate to related content.

 

Account Setup

Before you can do anything in Canvas, you'll need an account and the URL for your institution's Canvas website. View the lessons below for help with setting up your account, logging in, and managing your user settings.

Canvas Basics

Once your account is set up, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Canvas user interface. The lessons below will show you how to navigate Canvas and use a few of the tools that link across all your courses.

 

Course Basics

Within a Canvas course, you can submit assignments, participate in discussions, view grades, and collaborate with other students. What is available in your course will depend on what has been implemented by your instructor. View the lessons below for some of the basics of Canvas courses.

 

Canvas Student App

Canvas also has a free mobile app available for iOS and Android that is specifically tailored to students. View information about the Student app below.

 

Additional Resources

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If you are new to teaching in Canvas, this page will provide you with some essential resources so you can create an account, familiarize yourself with Canvas, create a new course, and add content to that course.

Flowchart

For a visual representation of how to get started with Canvas as an instructor, view the Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor Flowchart PDF.

Videos

To watch a short video series on setting up a new Canvas course, view Set up your Canvas course in 30 minutes or less.

Canvas Guides

The Canvas Instructor Guide has over 600 lessons that each answer a question that relates to using the Canvas interface as an instructor. Included below is a selection of lessons that will introduce you to the basics of Canvas usage. Each lesson also includes Next and Previous links so you can easily navigate to related content.

Account Setup

Before you can do anything in Canvas, you'll need an account and the URL for your institution's Canvas website. View the lessons below for help with setting up your account, logging in, and managing your user settings.

 

Canvas Basics

Once your account is set up, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Canvas user interface. The lessons below will show you how to navigate Canvas and use a few of the tools that link across all your courses.

Course Setup

Canvas provides several tools that allow you to create a course and add content for your students. View the lessons below for information on setting up your Canvas course.

Course Basics

Each course includes various features where you can share course content, hold discussions, assign coursework, grade student submissions, and much more. View the lessons below for some of the basics of Canvas courses.

Canvas Teacher App

Canvas also has a free mobile app available for iOS and Android that is specifically tailored to instructors. View information about the Teacher app below.

Additional Resources

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Web Conferencing in Canvas

As users migrate to a mostly online space, web conferences will be an integral part of student and faculty success.
Institutions can use web conferencing in Canvas through the Canvas Conferences tool or through enabling an LTI that provides its own web conferencing functionality.

Some institutions may have conferences disabled or may use alternate forms outside of Canvas. Please check your institution if you have any questions with these scenarios.

 

Canvas Conferences Overview

Canvas integrates with BigBlueButton to provide a conferencing tool to Canvas users. Canvas customers can choose to use the free version of Canvas Conferences or use the premium tier for additional reporting and functionality.

For information on creating and managing conferences within the Canvas interface, view the Canvas documentation below. For information on using the BigBlueButton conferencing tool, view the BigBlueButton documentation below. For information on BigBlueButton's plan to support customers during the Covid-19 pandemic, please view the Covid-19 Contingency Planning document.

 

Canvas Documentation

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FAQ

 

LTI Web Conferences Overview

Admins can enabled a web conference LTI at the account level and instructors can enable a web conference LTI at the course level. For more information, view the lessons below.

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Instructors

 

External Tool Providers

The following section includes several web conferencing solutions that offer LTI tools that connect to Canvas. View the links in each section for guidance on installing and using these tools. You may also want to refer to the website of the tool creator for more information.

Blackboard Collaborate

Institutions that use Blackboard Collaborate can learn more about configuring and using the tool by viewing the Installation and Configuration Guide and the Blackboard Help website.

Google Hangouts Meet

Google is giving free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally through July 2020.

If you would like to connect with students using Google Hangouts Meet as your conferencing tool, you have the ability to add a Hangout to your Canvas Course, Course Announcement, or Module. Please view this document for more information on adding Google Hangouts Meet to Canvas.

Microsoft Teams Meetings

On March 15, the Microsoft Teams Meetings LTI was released to Canvas. This LTI allows you to create meeting links from the Rich Content Editor. Learn more about installing and using this LTI, view Microsoft Teams Meetings in Canvas‌.

Zoom LTI

If you need to configure your Canvas instance with the Zoom LTI, please view the LTI Pro for Canvas document from the Zoom Help Center.

If you would like to connect with students using Zoom as your conferencing tool, you have the ability to add a Zoom Meeting to your Canvas Course, Course Announcement, Module, or via Calendar. Please view Zoom in Canvas for more information on adding Zoom to Canvas.

View this Community post for creating a Canvas assignment for Zoom attendance.

ConferZoom

ConferZoom is a proprietary conferencing system used by the California Community College system. For more information on ConferZoom, view the ConferZoom Support Guides.

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