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Canvas Setup — Keep It Simple

Setting up Modules

Setting up Navigation

Multiple options for accessing items can be confusing for students; keep the Navigation menu brief and use Modules to present pages, quizzes, assignments, discussions, and files.

Include in navigation:

  • Home
  • Announcements
  • Syllabus
  • Modules
  • Zoom
  • Media Gallery (Note that any Zoom recordings using the Canvas Zoom tool will be stored here)
  • Grades
  • Library Resources
  • Attendance (if using)

Hide in navigation (recommended):

  • Pages
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Files
  • Outcomes
  • Conferences (unless using)
  • Attendance (unless using)
  • Chat (unless using)
  • Other functionality (VoiceThread, Piazza, etc. unless using)

Setting up Calendar

Set due dates for items so that they appear on the Canvas Calendar. Alert students that color coding their course “cards” on the dashboard will color code the respective assignments for those courses in the Calendar.

Color coded Canvas dashboard with calendar view

Other Setup Recommendations

Announcements: Use an announcement to tell students where to start in Canvas.

Naming Conventions: Be descriptive: NOT ‘screenshot-2021-03-04.png’ BUT ‘earths-water-cycle.png’

Notifications: Have students set communication options and notification preferences.

Assignments: Include the assignment prompt, due date, rubric, and “drop box” in a single assignment.

More Information

For more information, see the Canvas Learning Path or the Flexible Instruction Teaching Guide.