i need help importing students to my class. My district which is using this next year blocks invites through the school email.
Hello, James, and welcome to the Canvas Community! You can't actually "import" students into your course. As you probably already know, you can--in theory--add them to your course in the People tab by using their email addresses. Since your school has blocked that capability, chances are they also don't want you adding students to your courses, and it may well be that they have even disabled the ability for teachers to add users in the student role to active rostered courses.
Most districts that have adopted Canvas are adding students to courses through their student integration system (SIS). This would be done at the account (administrative) level. Your best course of action would be to contact your school's Canvas admin to get students added to your class.
A fellow teacher at my school had someone from canvas create a dummy password which allowed her students to join and then they changed their passwords. Is this something that I can do? I don’t know if I have a canvas IT person here. We are a digital one to one school but it is not until next year that the county is adopting the platform. I wanted to try it out and get ahead of the curve.
James E. Baker
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Trying it out to get ahead of the curve is a great plan, James! Reach out to Canvas Support by clicking on the Help link and selecting the Report a Problem option (How do I get help with Canvas?). Since this will require intervention from a Canvas person, they are in the best position to get this arranged for you.
If you just want to give Canvas a test drive and learn how it works, there is s "free for teachers" version here:
You could create a cousre, build out the content, invite students, do everything you need.
The difference with this version of Canvas is that it is not tied back to your school, your course is a single stand-alone course.
However, it would give you a chance to get your feet wet and start learning how the platform works.
James, an additional advantage to the "kick-the-tires" approach Garth Egbert has recommended is that once you build out the content, if you want to continue to use it in your school's account, you can easily export it and import it into your school-rostered courses. So the time you spent building the resources for your pilot would not go to waste.
James, we haven't heard from you in a while; did Canvas Support get you squared away? Since we've got several good suggestions here, we're going to mark this question as Assumed Answered. Nevertheless, the topic remains open for additional participation, so if you still need help, or would like to update the Community on how you approached this, feel free to post.
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