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Center for Innovative Learning: Canvas

Best Practices

Course Template- Template with examples can be found in the Canvas Commons

Best Practices Checklist- Suggestions for use Canvas for optimal instructor presence and student engagement

Getting Started with Canvas- Essential resources to familiarize yourself with Canvas and add content to that course


Canvas Inbox Suggested Use

Canvas Notification Recommendations- Make sure you are receiving notifications for all important actions within your course

Student online Readiness Survey- Ask students question about internet access, concerns, and instructional technology experience.  This survey is found within the Canvas Commons and can be imported to your course, and then you can edit/ questions to fix your course needs. 

Scheduling a Zoom meeting within Canvas

Course Copy and Validating Links

Copy Course or Specific Content

How do I select specific content as part of a course import?

When importing course content with the Course Import Tool, the tool allows you to select specific content areas such as assignments, settings, and files without importing the entire course

How do I copy content from another Canvas course using the Course Import tool?

You can copy course content such as assignments, modules, pages, and discussions from previous Canvas courses into existing courses. You only have access to copy content from courses in which you are an enrolled user.

Validating Course Links Work 

Course Link Validation

Before you copy a course, verify all external links throughout your course to ensure they are valid. You can check these links using the course link validator, which searches through course content and returns invalid or unresponsive external links in both published and unpublished content. 

Additional Canvas Resources for Faculty

Mobile Teacher App

Student Resources

How to upload a Panopto Assignment- Directions for students submitting a Panopto video assignment

How to create Zoom Meetings for group work- Directions for students to access their Zoom account and run Zoom meetings