I am new to Canvas. My question is for those that have used Canvas for a while now. What piece(s) of advice would you give to a new Canvas user? What do you like about it?, What mistakes you made in the beginning, etc.
This may function better as a discussion versus questions since there is not one correct answer. I will offer my 2 cents after working with a few institutions who have made the switch to Canvas.
The best advice I can offer is to play. Play around with the different tools and see what the features are. I highly recommend the "Student View" which you can access from you course home screen and it switches your Canvas course view to that of a student versus a teacher. This lets you go through your course and experience it as if you were one of your students. I love to do this to make sure I have all the settings correct to give students the experience I am hoping for.
The guides in this community are also extremely helpful in the event you have questions. When my current institution made the switch we had a checklist of 6 items we wanted each professor to check before classes started.
Hopefully that helps a little!
I would recommend the new user not assume anything about how they think the tools work. Maybe it's just me, but I haven't found all the settings to be intuitive. Check the guides to make sure you know how something works, search the Q&A to be sure something should work as expected, test it out in sandboxes. For example, we thought if you put a due date on practice quizzes, that would show up on the Calendar, but it doesn't. So we had to switch to Calendar Events for those things.
And I agree with the advice above to play.