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Tip #1: SENDING A MESSAGE IN CANVAS
Did you know? You can send a private message to your professor or classmates through Canvas. All you need to do is click on Inbox in the top right hand corner of your Canvas window. Click on compose a new message, then select your course and the professor/classmate you want to communicate with. This tool is incredibly useful for asking your professor or classmates questions, or even talking to members in your group.
Tip #2: OPENING CANVAS
Did you know? You don’t always need to log in to MyUW in order to access Canvas. All you need to do is type in canvas.uw.edu and you will automatically be taken to the login page for Canvas. No need to navigate through your MyUW page to find the Canvas link.
Tip #3: COURSES AND GROUPS CUSTOMIZATION
Did you know? You can change what courses and groups appear under the Courses and Groups tab on your Canvas Homepage. All you need to do is hover over the Courses and Groups tab, then click on View all or Customize
in the top right hand corner. From there you can star which courses you want to appear on the dropdown menu. This can save you the time of searching for your course every time you need to access it.
Tip #4: COURSE ACCESS
Did you know? You will always have access on Canvas to the courses you have taken, long after the course is completed. You can look at assignments you turned in, grades you received, files and readings you were assigned, and much more! You can use previous courses as a resource for courses you will take in the future.
Tip #1: REGISTRATION ISSUE IN CANVAS
There is a known issue in the Canvas system that sometimes causes a discrepancy between students who are enrolled through MyUW and those who show up as enrolled in your Canvas course. To resolve this issue, send an email to HELP@UW.EDU with the course title and quarter and request that they update your Canvas course enrollments.
Tip #2: PUBLISH YOUR CANVAS COURSE
Remember that you can build your course in Canvas before the quarter without the students seeing all of the changes. Once you are prepared for students to interact with your Canvas course site, you must make sure to publish it. To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to your Canvas course and click Home
- At the top of the page under the heading THIS COURSE IS UNPUBLISHED click the link published.
- Finally, click the Publish Course button that shows up near the bottom of the page.
Tip #3: REMOVE UNNEEDED NAVIGATION ITEMS
To reduce confusion for your students, we recommend that you remove links in the course navigation that you are not using. For example, you might remove the Outcomes, Conferences, and Collaborations links in the navigation, if those tools are not being used in your course. Here’s how to do this:
- Click Settings in your course navigation
- Click the Navigation tab in Settings, near the top of the page
- Now drag and drop items that are not needed below the line that reads Drag items here to hide them from students.
- Click Save at the bottom of the page.
Note: removing the links means that students will not see them. However, as an instructor, you will still see the grayed out links, and you are still able to access them.
Tip #4: CANVAS DRAFT STATE – PUBLISH EVERYTHING
Recently, UW implemented the Canvas Draft State feature. Draft State allows content in Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Pages, and Modules to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. By default, any newly created content remains in an unpublished (draft state) that is not visible to students until you publish them. For more details on Draft State for the individual content areas, view the Canvas Lessons:
For more Canvas tutorials – check out the Learning Tech Canvas website!