Powering Up Your Canvas Course: Canvas Beginner Essentials

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After Year Five of our Canvas implementation, teachers are still reluctant to really dive in and use it to its fullest. These Beginner Essentials take a brand new user

or one who has had it on the back shelf for years
                  ...and years...
                             and some more years.... 

from how to add a professional profile picture to using the scheduler. 

I've tried to think through a "best practices" flow for teachers to follow. These are just my ideas and how I think teachers can take steps to use Canvas. Feel free to post your ideas and how I might make adjustments!   

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 1 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 2 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 3 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 4 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Thank you for sharing!

Community Member

Hi j1201982

Thank you for sharing this looks very good!


Community Coach
Community Coach

j1201982 these are fabulous. Thanks so much for the share. 

Surveyor II

Hi Stephenie,

Your infographics look great - thank you for sharing!


Lauren Coakley

Education Technologies Coordinator

Mount Aloysius College



Yay! j1201982‌ this is sooo great! Thanks again for all your work, these are super helpful! 

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Learner II

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Community Coach
Community Coach


I really like how you've created short summaries and made it super simple for people to know where to go to read more via links to Guides.  Well done!

If I could make a few suggestions:

  • #5 points to the student Guide instead of the instructor Guide: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12896-4152719654
  • #5 - It might be helpful to indicate "All Courses" can be accessed this way: Courses >> All Courses
  • #7 - The color overlay can be removed.  It's covered in the "Manage Image" section near the bottom of the Guide you have linked.  Maybe there wasn't enough room in your text box to cover that, too?

Thanks! I'll tweak them based on your suggestions! I appreciate you looking them over. 

About the Author
I've worked at MPTC since January 2001 as Web Specialist in the Instructional Technology department. Basically, I work with our Curriculum department to put courses into Canvas for our faculty. I enjoy playing disc golf, watching movies, playing video games, playing board/card games (Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Splendor, Above and Below, Munchkin, and Exploding Kittens), reading, and being with family and friends. I help volunteer with our Sr. High Youth program at my church and also help with the soundboard and running slides for our Sunday services. I am currently on my fourth Toyota Prius. The first (a silver 2004 2nd Gen) was victim to a flood that came through our area, and water got inside which ruined many of the electronics in it. My second (a magnetic gray metallic 2009 2nd Gen) was totaled in a rear-end collision. I totaled my 3rd Prius (a silver 2011) when I rear-ended someone by accident in town. I now have a 2019 Toyota Prius Limited...and it's awesome!