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Canvas DESPERATELY needs the board shortcut for "save" and "edit"!! This is especially needed in Assignments. Please deliver ASAP. Thank you!


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Help! We are a Microsoft district and would like to use Kami to annotate pdfs.  I know that Kami is working to integrate Microsoft with Canvas as an external tool, but is there any way that we can assign an assignment within Canvas and have students annotate on the document using Kami? Is there a workaround for this?

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New students are joining every day I do not want to reteach material.


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Surveyor II

Hey Teachers,

I generally make videos to help faculty learn to use technology and learning management software. However, knowing that there are a lot of parents and students going online or hybrid for the first time this semester, I decided to make a Professor Frazzled video just for them. 

This video shares 5 tips to help students succeed in an online class. And, of course, it also features a puppet. I hope you find this useful.

Good Luck!


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Learner II

This was written with a colleague of mine - Kel McIntosh in regards to technology in general! Gives us the why!


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I wrote a (hopefully simple) tutorial on how to create quizzes and exams using R-exams.


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Whenever I set my course visibility to public and customize and make my syllabus page public, and share the URL with parents my images are broken.


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Need help managing 2 year groups on the same site, particularly with module set up 


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How can I create multiple choice answers with a letter preceeding the question.
⨀ A. portray the Soviet Union as an aggressive force that could be controlled only by an alliance of world powers
⨀ B. describe the influence the Marshall Plan of 1947 had on the creation of NATO


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The Training Services Portal is where you can find videos, courses, and pathways that you can embark on to learn more about using Canvas. If your institution offers limited or unlimited subscription (webinars) you will also find a calendar full of live training events on the Training Calendar that you can attend. 


We have recently added additional content to the Training Services Portal. 


New Free Content 

Available to clients that do not have unlimited or limited subscription training:

  • Creating New Quizzes 


New Paid Content 

If your institution has limited or unlimited subscription training: 

  • The Canvas Teacher App 
    • K12 Android
    • HED Android
    • K12 iOS 
    • HED iOS
  • New Quizzes 
  • K12 New Quizzes
  • Canvas + Google Integration (Published 10.5.2020)


At the end of each of our new course offerings, be sure to claim your badge from our badging partner Badgr!


If you have never visited the Training Services Portal, check out this guide about how to access the Training Services Portal.


Happy Learning! 


Updated 10.6.2020

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I use a lot of videos in one of the courses that I am involved with and have spent about 6 weeks adding captions to videos. One of the things that I found missing was a description of the keyboard shortcuts that one can use when watching a video - when using the Kaltura player. I found some information at 

But as, usual, if you really want to know - look at the source - in this case, the javascript for 

window.kalturaIframePackageData = {     "playerConfig":{ 	"plugins":{ 		"keyboardShortcuts":{ 

one can find the following:

  • Up / Down -- increase / decrease volume by 10%
  • F / ESCAPE -- Open / close video fullscreen
  • Space-bar -- toggle: Play / Pause
  • Left / Right arrow -- Jump back / ahead 5 seconds (when combined with the control key, skip is 10s)
  • Home / End -- Seek to the beginning / end of the video
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 -- goto 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90% of the video

Additionally, if you selected the playback rate selector (playbackRateSelector) when you hit "+" it selects faster and "-" it selects slower. However, on a Swedish mapped keyboard "+" is actually a minus, and the key to its right (typically marked "\") is actually a plus!

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Dear Teacher/Professor: 

Let’s be honest, students don’t often notice a missing assignment without some kind of nudge or reminder.  Canvas alerts students to missing assignments, but a glaring “0” score in the Gradebook might be the prompting they need.

However, many educators forget to enter that “missing assignment” zero when they enter gradebook scores, but then a week (or maybe two?) later they go back and fill in the zeroes.  When those zero scores finally make an appearance, it can feel like students come out of the woodwork to address their missing work. Sometimes, that lag may result in lost points or the privilege of submitting the missing assignment(s).

Taking the time to add those zero scores goes a step beyond the automatic labels for any missing assignment in the student’s Grades page. To make it easier on yourself, you can ask Canvas to enter  that zero in the Gradebook if a student does not submit an Online Submission assignment by the due date.  This Canvas guide walks you through creating a missing assignment policy for your course, including entering a zero score (or any score of your choice) for missing assignments. 

Hopefully this little tip helps you leverage Canvas and the Canvas Gradebook to save a little extra time in your day!


The Canvas Training Team

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Dear Teacher/Professor,

How often do you need to adjust or change a due date for an assignment? Canvas has a few easy ways to change due dates!

If you want to quickly change one due date (ie. “Oh we’re not going to be ready for that assignment on Thursday, let's bump it to Friday!”), go to the Calendar and “drag and drop” the assignment from Thursday to Friday.  Canvas will then:

  1. Notify the student (if the student has set their Notification Preferences for Due Date Changes),
  2. Adjust the assignment information in your course,
  3. Adjust the students’ To-Do list on the Dashboard and Course Home Page, and
  4. Adjust the Syllabus.

However, that only works if you are worried about a single due Due Date.  You cannot drag and drop the “Available From” and “Available Until” dates.

What if you want to adjust ALL the assignment dates (or the due dates for several assignments) at the same time! You can quickly adjust multiple dates using the Edit Assignment Dates option from your Assignment Index Page.  Just like dragging and dropping, Canvas will then:

  1. Notify the student (if the student has set their Notification Preferences for Due Date Changes),
  2. Adjust the assignment information in your course,
  3. Adjust the students’ To-Do list on the Dashboard and Course Home Page, and
  4. Adjust the Syllabus.

Hopefully this tip can help you feel more comfortable and confident using Canvas in your planning!


The Canvas Training Team

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Community Member

Online Learning

Teaching in the throes of a pandemic

Can be tricky, because classes are all online

Students reactions ranged from the academic to the eccentric

To suddenly find themselves still in school while in quarantine


Slacking off is not an option,

for classes have assignments with due dates

Zoom meetings to attend, full lecture sessions,

Readings to be done, and in-class debates


Canvas the main LMS, but to navigate

All that’s out there, one must not be stupid

To skip those that help one to communicate

Apps as Padlet, Voicethread, Flipgrid


To be motivated, online find your team

Develop the self-discipline needed to succeed

In a world where one can digitally dream

For learning online can expectations exceed

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Dear Teachers,


Canvas has a great (new) feature that can make is much easier to share your content with your colleagues.  It's called DIRECT SHARE.


You can directly share assignments, discussions, quizzes, and content pages with a colleague AND you can also send those same items to a different course that you teach... DIRECTLY (not using the course Import tool).  Take a minute to look at the links attached to see how to share assignments.  Follow the same process to share discussions, quizzes, and content pages!


It's much easier than the Canvas Commons (even though that is still pretty helpful to share Modules and Courses with each other), especially if you want to send something quickly to your Professional Learning Collaborations or just copy a great resource from one course to another!


Hopefully that tip can help you feel more confident and powerful on Canvas!



The Canvas Training Team

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If your course is in a term that has closed grading periods, hope is not lost. We'll show you how to cope with this.

Creating Assignments (& New Quizzes) Outside of Grading Periods

This is somewhat tricky. For example, you have the following grading periods in the Fall 2017 semester:

Grading Periods

Sample grading periods for the Fall 2017 semester. I think schools should update grading periods every semester...

Grading Periods

In this example (How do I add grading periods in an account?), assuming equal weight:

Grading Period NameStart DateEnd DateClose Date
Quarter 12017-07-312017-09-012017-09-01
Quarter 22017-09-012017-12-152017-12-15
Semester 1 Final2017-12-152017-12-222017-12-22

However, it's already 2020, and there's got to be a way to create an assignment outside of those boundaries. Although the Add Assignment button still exists, the assignment won't save correctly due to a closed grading period. So what now?

Select Grading Period

This is only a concept. We wished that we can choose the grading period that we want, especially for overlapping periods.

Go to the Commons (Best Method)

Canvas Commons offers a wide variety of assignments to choose from. Select the assignment you want to import. Then, do the following:

  1. If the imported content is marked as published by the original owner, unpublish it to put it out of view.
  2. Duplicate the assignment.
  3. Erase all the content from the newly duplicated assignment and change the title to "Unnamed Assignment."
  4. Click Save, and the assignment should save properly.
  5. Duplicate that Unnamed Assignment and edit it as usual.
  6. In the Assign header, click Add.
    1. Since there is a closed grading period by default, you must add a due date. Leaving it blank will still make the assignment fall in a closed grading period, and therefore the assignment will not save properly.
      Differentiating due dates
    2. The due date cannot be earlier than the dates of the previous grading periods.
  7. Click Save to save the newly created assignment.

Repeat steps 5-7 for any additional assignments you want to create.

Creating Classic Quizzes Outside of Grading Periods

You can still create Classic Quizzes as usual. However, if you want to add a due date, you must repeat steps 6-7 above.

I hope this helps, and remember, anything is possible!

How to Avoid It Next Time...

Check with your local institution if you want the grading periods to be updated on a regular basis (usually every semester). That way, you don't need to click Add in the Assign To field every time you create an assignment.

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Community Member

When you archive your comments from your canvas inbox, where do they go? How can I find them again if I need them/

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Having just delivered some PowerPoint training to students about making their presentations more effective, I thought I'd take some of my own medicine and start with a * bang * - hence the title of the piece which might have brought you here looking for something a little more provocative!

Now that you are here, why not read on?

I am moving my grading away from letters/scores/percentages to Mastery statements but would quite like to have the flexibility of using results from digital assignments/quizzes. This is easier said than done

I have tried to create my own Grading system for Mastery as a sort of Lookup based on a numeric score as I don't have the flexibility to manually add in a statement for submitted work.


When I use this scale the Grade is added to the gradebook eg


Which on first sight seems ideal.

The problem is, when you look at the grade as a student you see:


WHY if we have a Grading scheme are students also seeing the score? What is more, why is the Name of the statement MARGINALISED by appearing inside brackets - this is the "Grade" I want them to see!!

Could it not be possible to include an option that gives you the option to display to STUDENTS just the statement? 

I am unsure why it works so well in the teacher Gradebook yet for individuals shows something different.

The inability to hide raw scores and just use the terms is such a limiter for making further use of the gradebook. I want to report back on Mastery and move the discussion away from Levels/Grades to progress, dialogic conversation and feed-forward.

If Canvas continues to be the product that makes teaching and learning easier (a heck of a strap-line) then how about including the FLEXIBILITY to make a choice on what we show. Assessment and Grading is an area in Canvas that still needs some attention and I wonder if it is more of a mindset than a technical issue.

There are so many institutions that are moving away from summative models of assessment and want to record progress in different and more flexible ways. Looking through the comments on this idea demonstrates this-

Like quite a few things, Canvas goes some way to providing an answer. Its work on non-graded rubrics for example is very much to be welcomed - How do I use a non-scoring rubric to assess submissions in SpeedGrader?  but once you assess students on these, where do you put the overall Mastery statement as "non-scoring rubrics are not used for grading." it would be great if we could combine non-scoring rubrics with Mastery and not have any points showing at all!

Having the options of hiding the raw scores would be such a POSITIVE first step!

Here is my Idea suggestion - 

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Here's a rundown on documentation available for using various publisher materials in your Canvas course.  Feel free to edit/add to this page or comment below and I can make updates.

If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to the publisher course site so that students can connect to the publisher site from Canvas without having to create a separate login account.  Some publishers also allow for ‘deep integration’ (or ‘deep linking’) between your Canvas course and the publisher site, so that assignments and quizzes are individually accessible in your Canvas course and also integrated with your Canvas grade book.

Enabling a Pre-Installed Publisher in Canvas

Some publishers may already be pre-installed by your IT department to work with Canvas.  Go to your Canvas course space and then go to Settings and click on the Navigation tab at the top to see which publishers are already available for quickly enabling in Canvas:

canvas navigation tab in settings

You may see some publishers listed at the bottom like Pearson and McGraw-Hill.  If your publisher is listed, enable the menu item like pictured below, and make sure you click on the Save button at the bottom of the page. 

 enabling a navigation item in canvas course settings

You’ll then see your publisher listed in your course menu.  Click on it to connect to the publisher site from your Canvas course.

Publisher Canvas Integration Resources

Below you will find some handouts, documentation, and videos on how to integrate your Canvas courses with various publishers.  Please your IT department or faculty developers for assistance, or look for the publisher’s own support page on their website.

Pearson MyLab & Mastering

Pearson MyLab _ Mastering

Pearson MyLab & Mastering has tools and resources for a number of different disciplines, and luckily they all use the same interface for deep integration with Canvas.

My colleague Rick Snyder made a handout that walks you through the integration of Pearson publisher materials with Canvas.  Note the caution about copying courses, which may end up with duplicate Pearson deep links if you are not careful.  See also these resources:


McGraw-Hill Connect

McGraw Hill Connect

McGraw-Hill Connect is another popular publisher being used by many instructors.  When using McGraw-Hill Connect with Canvas, there are a few significant differences from the process of using Pearson with Canvas.  One is that you must copy your course on the McGraw-Hill Connect site before pairing it to your Canvas course.  You cannot create a copy of the course while pairing, like you can in Pearson.  A second difference is that after pairing, you need to ‘deploy’ your assignments on the McGraw-Hill site in order to enable deep integration with your Canvas course.  And third, when copying your course for another semester or section, McGraw-Hill has an option to “Re-link assignments from copied course”, which takes care of the duplication issue that Pearson has.

Here are some resources on using McGraw-Hill Connect with Canvas:


McGraw-Hill SIMnet


SIMnet works similarly as Connect, but the deep integration works a little differently.  First enable the McGraw-Hill SIMnet navigation link in your course by going to Settings and then the Navigation tab (as pictured at the top of this post), and then see:



MindtapCengage Now

Cengage has numerous products that integrate with Canvas, such as MindTap, CourseMate, Aplia, and CengageNOW.


You will need to add the WebAssign app yourself to each of your courses.  See this one page PDF handout on Canvas LTI Integration with Canvas.  Contact your IT support if you need assistance.



See the WileyPLUS / Canvas Integration Instructor Quick Start Guide (pdf).


IMathAS and MyOpenMath


Rick Snyder also created a handout on Getting Started with IMathAS in Canvas.

See also iMathAS Guides & Documentation and this video: Integrating MyOpenMath with Canvas.


Pearson Revel

Pearson Revel

See Get started: Pearson Revel for Canvas for instructions on using this tool.


MacMillan Learning

Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning is pre-installed to work with Canvas, just go to your course Settings and then Navigation to enable it, as illustrated at the top of this post.  See the Macmillan Canvas Integration Help for more documentation.


W.W. Norton

W.W. Norton

W.W. Norton primarily does books, but they also have tools like InQuizitive.  See:

Elsevier Evolve

Elsevier Evolve

Knewton alta

Knewton alta logo

See Adding Knewton Assignments to Canvas - for Instructors.

Other Publishers

There are several other publishers and apps out there, too, with varying levels of support for Canvas integration.  You can google for the publisher name + “Canvas” and “LTI”, too, to see if there is documentation online, and of course you can contact your IT department for assistance, or use the publisher’s own support page to ask for information.

This was originally posted on the Circles of Innovation site. Thanks to Rick Snyder for making the handouts.

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Disclaimer: This is really silly and you probably shouldn't do it but it's fun to know what's possible.

Did you know you can grade with emoji in Canvas? It's true! 

All you have to do is create a grading scheme like you normally would (How do I create a grading scheme for my course?​) but instead of assigning letters, you assign emoji!* You don't have to do this course wide since you can use different grading schemes on individual assignments (How do I add a grading scheme to an Assignment?)​

Here's an example Grading Scheme I setup to show how it works:

Screenshot 2016-03-23 09.53.28.png

Here's how it looks in the Gradebook to a Teacher:

Screenshot 2016-03-23 09.57.56.png

And finally here's how it looks in the Student view:

Screenshot 2016-03-23 10.15.44.png

I tested this on OSX, iOS, and Android and it worked as expected. Emoji support varies from device to device since it's up to the device to render the emoji, not Canvas. If you are going to do this make sure to use emoji that are likely to be supported on every device, and not just new or obscure ones.

Happy grading!

* Not sure how to get to the emoji keyboard? Go read the guide for your OS:

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