For additional Faculty Resources not listed on this page, please click one of the articles to the left.
To make the courses you want appear on your dashboard, you have to star them on your courses list. Find out how to do so here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10570. You will have to do this for every new course.
The first place you'll want to go is to the course's Faculty Course Startup Checklist. To reach this page, navigate in your course to Modules, then click the Faculty Course Startup Checklist at the top of the "Faculty Resources (Non-student use)" module.
When a Canvas element is visible to a student, it is referred to as being “published.” Published items are marked with a green checkbox and unpublished items are with a gray no symbol.
To hide a Canvas element, click on the green checkbox to unpublish it.
To hide a course module, click the green checkbox to the right of the module name. Note that any items within a module are hidden when the module is hidden – even if the individual items are still published!
Please see the following guide on publishing: How to Publish Items
Please visit the following page for information on adding due dates to assignments: Add Due Date to Assignment
Generally speaking there are two ways you can make files available to a student: As a direct link on the Modules page, or as a clickable link in the body text of a page, assignment description, or quiz/text description. Here are the Canvas guides on each of these ways:
All LETU courses (both Residental and Global) are made available to students one week prior to the official course start date. If you do not want to allow students to see your course content, you will need to make sure those items are either unpublished or have start and end dates set in settings.
Canvas allows you to set accommodations for both assignments and quizzes. Please visit the following page for more information: Allowing Accommodations for Assignments and Quizzes in Canvas
We have a video tutorial on adding accommodations available here: Canvas Instructor Training: Moderating Live Assignments
Because of the way that Canvas's settings works, extending a course is something that must be done by CDT. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the course number, section, and semester (ex: ABCD1101, section 2, fall 2011). Please also include when you want the incomplete period to end. With this information we will change the end date of your course.
This message usually means that the link you're trying to use directs to another course. This can occur when an instructor improperly copies from a previous iteration of a course, and the link still directs back to content in the old course instead of to the current course. Sometimes when this happens, an instructor can still see the page/file because they're enrolled in the old course, but students cannot since they are not enrolled in that course.
To correct this error, you will want to edit the link so that it correctly links to content in the current course. For more information on linking to other content in Canvas, please see How do I link to other Canvas pages in a course? and How do I create a file link in a page in a course?
Please see the following guides on grading in Canvas:
We have a video tutorial on using grading available here: Canvas Instructor Training, Grading
For more on grading, please visit How to Use the Gradebook (Instructors)
To provide more options and clarity for graders, Canvas recently introduced several icons and colors to their Gradebook. Canvas notes the following default colors:
To learn more about Gradebook colors and icons visit How do I use the icons and colors in the Gradebook?
A recent update to Canvas has complicated the way that grade visibility works, and now depends on the posting policy set for the assignment. For a flowchart on how this now works, see Student Grade Visibility in My Canvas Course. For more details, see the following:
By default, Canvas's grade book automatically excludes items with no grade entry from the final grade calculation. Therefore, to exclude an assignment from a student's grade, you simply don't edit any grade.
Do note that this means you will manually have to enter a "0" for an assignment if a student deserves to receive a zero.
To disable this for your class, please visit How do I treat ungraded assignments as zero in the Gradebook?
Typically the reason grades are not calculating correctly is because of one of two reasons:
Please visit the following page for information on adding TAs or graders: Add TAs or Graders
Unfortunately this is a known issue that is related to how Adobe prints PDFs. Adobe annotations/comments are appended to the end of documents instead of printed as they appear on screen. Canvas is aware of the issue but does not have a solution for it just yet. Some workarounds are discussed on the following Canvas Community page, although none are ideal: Printing from Speedgrader. As a worst-case scenario, Canvas recommends utilizing screen capture software (such as CloudApp) to take screenshots of papers with annotations and print those screenshots.
Please visit the following page for information on changing Turnitin settings: Turnitin Settings in Canvas
This error message ("This assignment does not have a valid assignment title, start date, and / or due date") means that you have not properly set up the Turnitin assignment. Turnitin assignments require instructors to sync the assignment between Turnitin and the course in addition to setting up the due dates in Canvas itself. For instructions on setting up a Turnitin assignment, please visit Turnitin Settings in Canvas.
Please visit the following guide: Turnitin Similarity Report (Plagiarism Check)
Please visit the following guide: Direct Submission to Turnitin
To do this, you will need to utilize Respondus, a software program that allows for importing quiz questions into Canvas. Please see the following section below for help utilizing Respondus.
Please see the following Canvas guide: How do I grade quiz questions in SpeedGrader?
Please see the following Canvas guide: How do I use the Moderate Quiz page?
Please see the following LETU guide: Allowing Accommodations for Assignments and Quizzes in Canvas
Please see the following guides from Canvas on how to regrade multiple choice quizzes:
Canvas has a built-in Conference feature that allows you to easily start a live conference in your course and invite either all students or particular students. For more information on Canvas Conferences (also known as BigBlueButton) please visit Conferences in Canvas.
Canvas Conferences does allow your conference to be recorded. However, do note that Canvas only stores the conference for 14 days; after that, the conference is automatically removed.
For more information on recording conferences see How do I Record a Conference?
Students can only see conferences and/or conference recordings when they are included in the original conference invitation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to grant access to a recording to a student after the conference has concluded.
If none of your students can see the conference, be sure that you set up the conference correctly and that the Conferences tab is correctly enabled by following the steps listed in Conferences in Canvas.
If only some of your students cannot see a conference, or none of your students can see it but the settings above were correct, it's likely due to those students having missed the conference invitation. When you create a Canvas Conference, Canvas automatically creates an associated "access control list" (ACL) of course members that access the conference and view its subsequent recordings. By default, the ACL for a conference is all students enrolled in the course at the time you create the conference. Once the conference is started, the ACL is fixed, and any students who were not invited will not be able to access that specific conference. To avoid this issue, we recommend not creating a conference until you are certain all participants are enrolled in the course. For more information please visit Students are not able to see/join their Canvas Conferences.
Due to the limited nature of Canvas Conferences, we do recommend you utilize Panopto instead of Conferences/BigBlueButton whenever possible.
Please see the following guide: Canvas Creating and Uploading a Test Using Respondus
Respondus installation instructions are available at the following page: https://courses.letu.edu/courses/16786/pages/respondus?module_item_id=594783. Depending on your access, you may need LETU's IT Department to help you set up Respondus.
Once you've installed Respondus on your computer, please see the following guide: Steps to Take After Installing Respondus
Please see the following guide: Connecting Respondus to Canvas
It's possible to manually import to Canvas using Respondus. Please see the following guide: How to Manually Import Respondus files into Canvas
Please see the following for information related to Panopto: Panopto
Please see the following guide: Recording a Panopto Video
Panopto has a number of very helpful how-to guides:
4 Simple Online Video Presentation Tips
5 Easy Tips for Improving Your Lecture Recordings
5 Tips to Improve the Audio Quality in Your Video Presentations
Please see the following guide: The Best Way To Record A PowerPoint Presentation
Typically, Panopto issues stem from one of three places:
This typically means that your video is located in the wrong location – it is in your personal folder instead of your shared folder. You'll need to move the video to your shared folder, which is typically located under Department Videos > Your Department > Your Name.
For instructions on how to move a Panopto video, please see How to Move a Panopto Video.
As of 2020, Chrome made a change where Chrome's Incognito window by default will block Third Party Cookies. This was to keep things even more anonymous in the Incognito mode. Unfortunately this does result in embedded Panopto videos and the Panopto recordings button on a Canvas Page Editor not functioning. You can change this by going to Chrome settings > Privacy and security > Cookies and other site data > change the cookie settings.
Often this means that your browser's ad blocker is preventing the content from showing. Panopto is currently working on having its pages excluded from adblock filters. For now, you'll need to disable your adblocker for Panopto in order to access that blocked page.
Please email CDT@letu.edu and let us know the course name, number, and section as well as what page in the course you are having an issue with and we will look into it for you. A screenshot of the error you are receiving would also be helpful.
There are a number of different ways to obtain help, depending on your needs. To see a list of available options, please click on the Help" button on the far left side of your Canvas page.