How to ___ in Canvas

This page offers some answers to the perennial question “How do I do X?”. The order of the answers follows the recommended work-flow for creating a Canvas course, but you need not feel constrained by that order. If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact us directly or browse the full list of Canvas’ how-to Guides.




How do I...?

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Create Groups?

How do I create a new Group Set?

How do I automatically create Groups in a Group Set?

How do I manually create Groups in a Group Set?

How do I automatically assign students to Groups?

How do I manually assign students to Groups?

Groups: Creation & Management (Instructors)

Set up my Gradebook?

How do I use the Gradebook?

Gradebook Overview (Instructors)

--Make weighted categories of assignments

How do I add Assignment Groups in my course?

How do I weight the final course grade based on Assignment Groups?

How do I change assignment group weights in the Gradebook?

Assignments Overview (Instructors)

--Make a rubric

How do I create a Rubric in my course?

How do I edit Rubric details in my course?

How do I use free-form comments instead of ratings in a Rubric?

Rubrics Overview (Instructors)

Make/edit my Syllabus?

How do I use the Syllabus as an instructor?

How do I edit the Syllabus description?

Syllabus Overview (Instructors)

Make a Course Schedule?

How do I navigate the Syllabus table and calendar?

Calendar Overview (Instructors)

Make/set a Course Home page?

How do I set a Front Page for my course?

How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?

Course Layout: Customization (Instructors)

Make an Announcement?

How do I make an Announcement in my course?

How do I edit an Announcement in my course?

Announcements Overview (Instructors)

Find the Modules?

How do I use the Modules Index Page?

Modules: Creation & Management (Instructors)

Add a Module?

How do I create a new Module?

Add things to a Module?

How do I add items to a Module?

Create things to add to a module?

   

--A text page

How do I create a new page in my course?

Pages: Creation & Management (Instructors)

--A pdf

How do I upload a PDF to a page in my course?

How do I set the auto-open for inline preview for Files using the Rich Content Editor?

Files: Add Course Content (Instructors)

Pages: Creation & Management (Instructors)

--A Word document

Option: Copy and paste into a Page

How do I upload a file to my course?

How do I add items to a Module?

Files: Add Course Content (Instructors)

--An Assignment

How do I create an Assignment?

How do I create a student group assignment?

How do I create a peer review Assignment?

Assignment Creation (Instructors)

----Set points for an assignment

How do I add or edit points for an Assignment?

Assignments Overview (Instructors)

----Make an assignment extra credit

How do I give my students extra credit?

----Make an un-graded assignment

Set points to 0

----Attach a rubric to an assignment

How do I find existing Rubrics for an Assignment?

How do I add a Rubric to an Assignment?

How do I add a Rubric to a Graded Discussion?

How do I add a Rubric to a Quiz?

Rubrics Overview (Instructors)

----Attach the same rubric to lots of assignments

Selecting the same rubric for multiple assignments will not copy the rubric; it will simply link all those assignments to that single rubric.

Note: rubrics cannot be edited after being attached to more than one assignment.

--A quiz/exam

How do I create a Quiz with individual Questions?

How do I create a Quiz by finding questions in a Question Bank?

What options are available for Quizzes?

Quiz Creation: Questions (Instructors)

Quiz Creation: Settings (Instructors)

--A threaded discussion

How do I create a Discussion as an instructor?

How do I create a Graded Discussion for my course?

How do I create a Group Discussion for my course?

Discussion Creation (Instructors)

--An external tool (VoiceThread, Piazza, etc.)

How do I link to an un-configured External App in Modules?

Canvas App Center - External LTI Tools (Instructors)

--An embedded video from YouTube or other streaming media service

How do I link to a YouTube video in the Rich Content Editor?  

How do I embed a video in a page in my course?

 

--A link to a webpage/video/pdf

How do I link to an external URL in Modules?

 

Make my content look like I want it to?

What is the Rich Content Editor?

How do I remove formatting from text I am pasting from another source?

Rich Content Editor buttons

Rich Content Editor (All Users)

Collect assignments from my students

Submissions can be accessed from Grades or from the Assignment page.

What is SpeedGrader?

How do I bulk download Assignment submissions in Canvas?

Assignments Overview (Instructors)

Grade assignments

How do I enter and edit scores in the Gradebook?

What is SpeedGrader?

How do I get to SpeedGrader from the Gradebook?

How do I get to SpeedGrader from an Assignment, Quiz, or Graded Discussion?

How do I use SpeedGrader?

Assignments Overview (Instructors)

SpeedGrader Overview (Instructors)

Email my class/a student

How do I use Conversations?

How do I compose and send a message?

How do I send a message to an entire class as an instructor?

Conversations Overview (All Users)

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