Most of the links below will direct you to the Canvas guides for instructors. Please note that some settings/features may not be available at our institution.
A quick guide to getting started is available for your convenience.
For your convenience, we also provided a Start of the Semester Instructor Checklist that will help you prepare your course for the semester.
- Canvas Overview (instructors)
- Quick Start Guide (instructors)
- Start of the Semester Checklist (instructors)
- Canvas Resources
- How do I grant one student extra time on a quiz? (Due to special needs accommodation)
- How do I check my content for common accessiblity errors?
- Where can I get more information, training, or help with accessibility?
- How do I set my Canvas notification preferences (Instructors)?
- How do I change the settings in my user account (Instructors)?
- How do I use the Dashboard in Canvas?
- How do I hide/show courses on my dashboard and my course list?
- How do I navigate a course?
- How do I move between classes?
- How do I preview my course as a student?
- How do I hide (collapse) or show my navigation in a course?
Where did the course navigation go when I opened Grades?
The course navigation automatically collapses when you open Grades. This is to provide more screen space. You can show the navigation menu again by clicking on the Menu button on the top right of the page.
View instructions here.
Where did the right-side navigation links go?
When you are viewing Canvas on a smaller-sized screen, a minimized window, or at a lower screen resolution, the navigation items on the right side of the page will automatically move to the bottom of the page.
You can access the buttons by either scrolling to the bottom of the page or by adjusting the resolution or window size if permissible by the device you are using.
How do I migrate content from Blackboard to Canvas?
UNLV's Office of Information technology has migrated 2 years worth of courses from Blackboard to Canvas for all instructors. The courses will be listed in Canvas with the title zBbArchive plus the course prefix, section, and semester (example: BbArchive - COM 101 1001 - 2017 Sprg). Please note that these archived courses have not been cleaned up. No students will be added to these archived courses.
If you wish to do the transfer yourself, instructions for exporting content from Blackboard and importing it into Canvas can be found here.
Alternatives for Blackboard Tools Not Available in Canvas
Unfortunately, Canvas doesn't have an immediate Blog option, however Discussions in Canvas can facilitate and act as blogs.
Creating Your Blog in Canvas
1. Start by creating a discussion as directed by the link below: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13016
2. If you like to assigned the discussion to specific student, please follow the steps at this link: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9971-4152101243
INSTRUCTOR NOTE: In Discussions Settings for your course, click the setting button and check to ensure students cannot create their own discussions; also consider allowing students to add attachments to their posts.
Currently in Canvas, there is no option for Journals as there were in Blackboard.
While there is no Journal tool in Canvas, there are two alternatives that you can use for journaling in your class. Which tool you use will depend on whether or not you want your students’ journals private or public.
Assignments (Private Journals):
You can use assignments for the option to have students submit journals that only you and/or your TA will see for grading. Instructors and students have the ability to exchange comments on graded assignments in Canvas. This feature will allow you to interact with them similar to the Journal tool in Blackboard.
Discussion Boards (Public Journals):
If you want students to be able to view and comment on/reply to another students’ journal, you can create a discussion board for them to post on. This will enable students to read each others’ replies or give feedback based on criteria mentioned for the entire Discussion Board.
I used wikis in Blackboard, what are my options in Canvas?
The primary features of a wiki are:
- Collaborative Work: Everyone can make edits and changes
- Revision History: See who has made updates, and what they changed.
|BlackBoard Wikis||Canvas Pages||Canvas Collaborations|
Link a Wiki Page to Individual Grades*
View updates per each user (i.e. for grading)*
Assign To a Group
Real-time Updates (see other users' updates immediately, before they click 'save')
Spreadsheet or Slide Presentation Formats Available
Rich Content (include web links, media, and text formatting)
*Notes on Grading: As you can see in the Feature comparison above, Canvas does not offer the same ability to grade users directly based on their input on a collaborative assignment, however you can still manually create an assignment and assign grades based on what is present in the revision history. In a larger course with many students, this may become difficult, so you might consider splitting the course into collaboration groups, or use a different type of assignment.
- How can I create & organize content in Canvas? (Modules)
- How do I change the Course Home Page?
- How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation/Menu links?
- How do I create groups?
- How do I assign students to groups?
- How do I use the Canvas calendar?
I've added published content to my modules; why is it not visible to my students?
The module also needs to be published. Although published content is visible by students, if the content area (module) is not visible, they will not be able to see the content within the module.
View instructions here.
How do I add users to my course?
Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Students are added to courses automatically when assigned or enrolled via MyUNLV. It takes approximately 24 hours to reflect any changes made in MyUNLV.
Instructors also have the ability to manually add users to their courses.
Definition of Roles in WebCampus
- Teacher (or co-instructor)
Teachers have complete access to all areas of the course. This role is given to a person developing, teaching, or facilitating the course.
- Teaching Assistant (TA)
Teaching Assistants will have modified instructor permissions. While they will have the ability to add items, they are unable to publish/unpublish courses or add users to the course
Designers have the ability to add and edit course materials, but they do not have access to grading.
The student role is the default course user role and has no access to the settings of the course or hidden items. Students are automatically enrolled in WebCampus course upon registration. If you need a student manually added to your course, please contact the IT Help Desk at 702-895-0777 or submit an online help request.
What are my options when assigning 'Incomplete' grades to students?
Instructors can either submit a request form to add the student to their current semester's section or extend the existing course's availability for a particular student.
- Course name (example: ENG 101-1001)
- Term (example: Spring 2014)
- Duration the course should remain open to the student
How soon can students access my course?
By default, students will have access to their courses one week prior to the start date if the course has been made published. Also by default, students will retain their access for two weeks after the semester ends.
- How do I create a discussion?
- How do I create a group discussion?
- How do I duplicate a discussion?
- How do I create & grade discussions?
- How do I allow students to add an attachment to their discussion posts?
- How do I create a quiz?
- How do I grant one student extra time on a quiz? (Due to special needs accommodation)
- How do I review student results for quizzes?
- How do I create & grade assignments?
- How do I create a Turnitin assignment and modify/update the Turnitin assignment settings?
- How do I grade Turnitin assignments?
- How do I assign an assignment for specific student(s)?
- How do I add an assignment group in my course?
- How do I take attendance in Canvas? (Roll Call)
- How do I embed a video recording in Canvas content and grading?
- How do I create a cloud assignment with a Google Drive file?
How do I reopen a quiz or assignment for a student
1. Open the assignment or quiz and select Edit.
2. Scroll to the end of the page in the “Assign to” area. If the assignment is already assigned to “Everyone”, do not remove that tag. (If the “Everyone” tag is removed, students grades for this assignment will not show up in the gradebook. To fix the issue, simply add “Everyone” back in the field).
3. Select the +Add to add another “Assign to” field, and add the student(s) name(s) and due dates and/or availability dates.
How do I access Turnitin.com for manual uploads
Instructors are not able to manually upload or run Turnitin submissions on the students’ behalf. However, instructors can manually run a submission through Turnitin.com by following these instructions:
1. Make sure that you have created a Turnitin assignment either in a current or previous course.
2. Go to the Turnitin.com login page, and select “Forgot your password”.
3. Type in the UNLV e-mail address associated with your Canvas account and your Last Name. To check which UNLV e-mail address is associated with your Canvas account, go to Account > Settings and your e-mail address will be listed in the upper right-hand corner.
4. You will receive a temporary password for Turnitin.com in your inbox.
- How do I create rubrics?
- How do I set up & use the Canvas gradebook?
- How do I apply weighted grades in my course?
- How do I drop the highest/lowest grade in an assignment group?
Getting Started with Respondus (creating tests/retrieving questions)
Respondus is software that can be useful if you are interested in creating online assessments. Online assessments can be created right within course, but Respondus can serve as your question database, delivering questions to several online courses. You can also salvage test questions you’ve used for traditional paper testing by importing your properly formatted text document into Respondus. Once you have Installed Respondus on your computer, you may begin creating questions.
Thanks to the Online Education, Respondus is available to the entire UNLV Campus.
Installing & Setting Up Respondus (If not already logged in, you will be prompted to log in to WebCampus-Canvas to access this page)
You can download a Quick Start Guide from Respondus if you are new to the software.
Respondus LockDown Browser (for securing tests)
Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in WebCampus. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading. You can view/download a quick guide to LockDown Browser below.
What are iClickers?
In a classroom setting, Clickers, or “Response Systems”, allow instructors to ask questions and gather students' responses instantaneously during class sessions. Students can respond to structured questions, along with on-the-fly questions, using either a clicker or a mobile device. Responses and response summaries can be displayed in real time to the participants.
In addition to more information on the iClickers, you can find the documentation and downloads at this link.
What is Panopto?
Panopto is a Content Management System for recording and storing course-related video, audio, computer screen capture, and other content for student viewing. Integrated with Canvas, this service allows users to record lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and more. It also includes multiple tools and options which allow users to do basic video editing, add captions, and configure settings such as who can watch the videos and when they can be viewed.
In addition to more information on the Panopto, you can find the documentation and downloads at this link.
- How do I communicate with my students using Announcements?
- How do I send and receive messages in Canvas?
- How do I reply to course messages?
Information about Canvas Conferences
Canvas Conferences is Canvas' internal web conferencing tool, but is currently disabled for the institution. UNLV's Office of Information Technology is in the process of setting up an instance of WebEX and integrating it into Canvas. Once it is available, it will be integrated into Canvas and more information will be added to this page.