Canvas is a web-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. All courses at TWU use Canvas.

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Canvas Help

There are several support options available to ask your instructor a question, search for answers online, use the Guide to Online Learning to get started using Canvas, and contacting the Technology Service Desk for technical support. Review Canvas Computer Specifications and Supported Browsers.

Canvas Mobile Apps (Instructors)

The Canvas mobile application provides instructors a portable solution for Canvas. You can access Canvas from any browser on your Android or iOS device. However, some features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.

Canvas Mobile Apps (Students)

The Canvas mobile application provides students a portable solution for Canvas. You can access Canvas from any browser on your Android or iOS device. However, some features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.

Content to Add to Your Canvas Course for Students (Instructors)

Provide additional information and instructions to students using Canvas and other integrated applications that you include in your Canvas course.

Creating Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Podcasts in Canvas (Instructors)

Blog, Journal, Wiki, and Podcast templates are available for you to import into your Canvas course. The templates can be personalized or customized after they are imported. If you would like assistance getting started with a Social Media Template in your Canvas course contact your Instructional Design Partner.

Getting Started with Canvas (Instructors)

Getting started information for instructors to learn more about using Canvas. Canvas Guides, Canvas Training Services Portal, and Teaching and Learning with Technology Resources.

Getting Started with Canvas (Students)

Getting started information for students using Canvas.

Getting Started with Collaborations in Canvas (Students)

Canvas allows your instructor to create a Google Doc, Google Sheet, or Google Slides and share it with students using a feature called "Collaborations." You may be assigned to a Collaboration by yourself (meaning only you and your instructor can view it) or in a group (meaning all group members and your instructor can view it).

Getting Started with Groups in Canvas (Students)

Instructors can create groups inside a course as a collaborative tool that allows students to communicate with each other and work together on course assignments. Students assigned to a group can create their own discussions, collaborations, announcements, and conferences that are not visible to the rest of the students enrolled in the course.

Google Drive and Canvas

The Google Drive web service allows you to integrate Canvas with your Google Drive account. The Google Drive folder is accessed from the Course Navigation Menu. You can create an online assignment or a collaboration that embeds a document directly from your Google Drive folder into Canvas.

How to Log into Canvas

Log into Canvas to access your Canvas course:

How to Request a Canvas Sandbox Course (Instructors)

In Canvas, Sandbox courses are given to instructors by request to create new course content and to experiment with different features in Canvas. Sandboxes can be created for a specific course or for generic testing and looking at new Canvas features that are available every month.

How to Request a Custom Canvas Home Page (Instructors)

The Canvas Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can work with an instructional designer to select a design, customize the details and create your perfect Course Home Page.

Moving a Canvas Quizzes Question Bank to a New Quizzes Item Bank

The question banks in Classic Quizzes cannot be directly migrated to the item banks in New Quizzes. This article presents a work around.

New Quizzes in Canvas (Instructors)

As Classic Quizzes move toward a June 2024 planned retirement, it is recommended that instructors begin exploring New Quizzes. You can still create, edit, and use Classic Quizzes. In the Fall 2022 term, you will be able to create quizzes using Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes.

Publisher Materials Available in Canvas

If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your Canvas course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to the publisher course site so that students can connect to the publisher site from Canvas without having to create a separate login account.

Template Courses in Canvas

Course templates allow you to configure, store and reuse an entire course or components of a course, such as quizzes, assignments, surveys, images, and so on, and then use the components in individual course offerings. Contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT@twu.edu) to discuss your requirements and determine the best option for your Academic Component or department.

User Roles and Permissions Available in Canvas

In Canvas at TWU, permissions allow users to access certain features and perform certain functions.