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Using the Chico State Canvas Template (Faculty)

Provides detailed instructions for using the Chico State Canvas template applied to all courses by default.

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Pinned Article How do I Create Accessible Content in Canvas?

This comprehensive guide outlines practical and effective strategies for creating accessible content in Canvas LMS, offering step-by-step instructions, resources, and support to guide you on this journey of inclusive education.

Pinned Article When will I have access to my Canvas Course?

Students are enrolled in Canvas upon term load however they only get access to participate in class 10 days before term start.

Canvas Course Design Considerations

Describes Canvas course design considerations for faculty to evaluate high-quality features of sample courses and create courses using best practices.

Canvas Displays a Login Prompt When I View or Edit a Page

If you're encountering a pop-up window asking you to sign in when accessing your Canvas course, there might be an issue with an embedded image from Blackboard.

Canvas Document Display Options

Describes the options Canvas has to display an inserted document.

Canvas Gradebook Import Issue with Specific Column Names

When instructors add a column titled "Final Grade" in Canvas and export the gradebook to edit it in Excel, they may encounter an issue when importing it back into Canvas. Canvas falsely claims that no grades have changed.

Canvas Sample Courses

Looking at examples of real course sites can be inspiring and helpful. The following are actual course sites created by Chico State instructors who have generously shared their content.

Canvas Shows a Cryptic Error When Creating a Group Set

When creating a group set in Canvas, instructors may encounter an error message that appears cryptic. This is a known issue in Canvas. Use this guide to resolve the error.

Communication in Canvas

Canvas offers many great communication options. Use this guide to understand the communication tools available to you.

Copying Course Content in Canvas

This is an article which explains how to copy course content in Canvas.

Copying Smaller Pieces of your Migrated Blackboard Course

Even if you choose to "start from scratch" you may find it helpful to push small chunks of content from your migrated Blackboard Learn course to your live, Canvas student-enrolled course.

Create a Sandbox Course in Canvas

Faculty can create sandboxes in Canvas to prepare content, experiment with Canvas features, or collaborate with colleagues. Sandboxes are courses that will never receive student enrollments.

Design Canvas Modules Using Best Practices

This article describes tips for organizing modules in Canvas

Faculty: Download Your Roster With Canvas New Analytics

Learn how to use Canvas's New Analytics to download a full course roster with students' emails.

FAQ: Canvas Inbox & your Chico State email

Canvas Inbox is often times confused for email. This article describes the relationship between the two and how to change notification settings.

FAQ: Common Access Issues in Canvas

If you are facing issues accessing Canvas, there could be several reasons behind it. Depending on whether you are an instructor or a student, the troubleshooting steps may vary. These are the common reasons and their respective solutions.

FAQ: Course Access and Incomplete Grades in Canvas

This article addresses common questions about access to the Canvas Learning Management System. Topics include course access for students and instructors and how Canvas handles incomplete grades.

FAQ: Inactive Students on the People Page

Canvas offers instructors greater visibility into the enrollments in their courses. Inactive students are those who dropped the course.

How do I add a student, TA, or instructor to my Canvas class?

Unlike Blackboard, instructors can no longer add people to academic courses. However, instructors can add certain roles to sandbox courses. All people are managed through an integration between PeopleSoft and Canvas. New people are keyed into PeopleSoft by the relevant academic department's scheduler at the direction of the department chair. ​​​​​​​

How do I change the name of my Canvas course?

At Chico State, instructors cannot change the name of their Canvas course directly. However, you can set a nickname for your course to easily identify it in the Canvas dashboard. The nickname is only visible to you and doesn't affect the course name for other users.

How do I Cross-List (Combine) Multiple Canvas Course Sections?

Cross-listing courses in Canvas is a useful feature that allows instructors to combine multiple course sections into a single "parent" course. In Canvas, cross-listing is performed by the instructor. This article discusses what a cross-listed course is, who can cross-list courses, and provides step-by-step instructions on how to cross-list courses in Canvas.

How do I edit a quiz in Canvas after students start taking it?

If you need to make changes to a quiz in Canvas after students have already started taking it, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to avoid any issues.

How long will I have access to Canvas?

Students at Chico State typically have access to Canvas for a period of 12 months after separating from the university

How to Re-Enable Inline Annotation Tools in SpeedGrader

If you are an instructor using Canvas's SpeedGrader and find that the annotation tools are unexpectedly gone, it may be due to enabling certain anonymity settings. Use this guide to re-enable the annotation tools in SpeedGrader.

How to Selectively Share Content and Assignments to Students in Canvas

Canvas offers versatile alternatives for tailored instruction. Learn how to manage access to course content for specific students in Canvas using module prerequisites, mastery paths, and assignment restrictions. Customize learning experiences by setting prerequisites for module content and directing students based on their performance. Assignments can be restricted to specific students, ensuring personalized access and submission.

My Canvas Gradebook Won't Load

When instructors experience issues with the Canvas gradebook not loading, it is often due to using an outdated web browser. To resolve this problem, follow this step-by-step guide.

My Students Cannot Progress to the Next Module

Instructors using module prerequisites in Canvas may sometimes encounter a situation where certain students' progress becomes locked due to module prerequisites. This issue prevents the affected students from accessing the desired module or its contents. Use these steps to allow students to access the affected module.

Organizing your Canvas Courses & Dashboard

This is an article informing users how to display courses on their Canvas dashboard.

Policies and Procedures Governing Canvas

The policies governing Canvas at Chico State prioritize user privacy, data integrity, and clear procedures for course access and content management, in alignment with FERPA and university standards. Account creation is automated based on a user's affiliations and enrollments, with course access being strictly regulated, and provisions made for special circumstances such as course cross-listing, instructor reassignment, and course extensions.

Restore Deleted Content in Canvas

Sometimes mistakes happen, and course content can accidentally be deleted or changed. Fortunately, Canvas provides several tools to recover deleted content or restore previous versions of pages. Use these tools to restore deleted content quickly.

Running the Ally Report for your Canvas Course

Provides step by step instructions for running the Ally Course Accessibility Report in Canvas and tips for Improving your Course Accessibility Score.

Share Content With Other Faculty in Canvas

Sharing and collaboration are core features of Canvas. Use this guide to learn more about various options to share content within Canvas.

Understanding Canvas Graded Group Discussions and SpeedGrader

When instructors set up graded group discussions in Canvas, it creates both individual group discussions and a course-level discussion. If a student is not added to a group, they can post to the course-level discussion and prevent their responses from showing in SpeedGrader.

Use Ally to Download Course Content in Alternate Formats

Learn how to use Ally to download Canvas content for on-the-go access in a variety of formats, including audio, PDF, and braille.

What Integrations are Available in Canvas?

Canvas offers a wide range of integrations to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

What Roles are Available in Canvas?

Canvas allows people to access a course in a variety of roles, depending on their instructor role in PeopleSoft. Use this reference to understand the level of access each role permits and their use cases.

Anatomy of a Canvas Course ID

Course IDs in Canvas are generated based on data from PeopleSoft and can be broken down into distinct parts.

Canvas Instance Management

Academic Technology maintains several Canvas instances in addition to the main production environment that facilitate functional and system testing as well as integration development.

Change Management in Canvas

Chico State strives to maintain an updated, secure Learning Management System. This article outlines our policies for managing updates and maintenance to our learning technology ecosystem.