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Canvas in LSA

Description

Canvas is the University’s new learning management system and offers a robust set of features, including simple site design tools, easy incorporation of media, accessible learning analytics, and cutting-edge online grading capabilities. Starting in the Fall term of 2016, all new course sites will be created in Canvas.

Instructional Uses

Canvas can be utilized in a variety of ways, from a simple site that enables students to access course readings and get announcements to a more complex site that organizes their interaction with the course materials through learning modules. It offers a variety of ways for students to interact with educational content and with each other through online assignments, discussions, student groups, chat and other features.

Next Steps

Get Ready

  • If appropriate, make any changes to your course syllabus.
  • If your course has multiple components and you wish to merge all the course sites into one Canvas site, make a request through the ITS Service Center or use the UM Course Manager in your course's left navigation menu to combine all sections.
  • If you require graduate student assistance in setting up your Canvas site, contact Monika Dressler, Director, Instructional Support Services (mdressle@umich.edu) to make a funding request.

Learn About Canvas

Choose one or more options based on your course needs:

I need to create a "readings-driven" Canvas course site

My course primarily focuses on articles and other readings. I have a detailed syllabus that students can use to find the articles. I don’t plan to use online assignments or grading at this point.

Attend a workshop:

ISS Learning and Technology Consultants (LTC) Workshop Schedule

Watch a video:
Read support information:
Talk with someone:

Contact LTC to set up an appointment or ask a question by phone at 734 615-0099 or email (lsa-iss-ltc@umich.edu).

Experiment in Canvas:

Use the Canvas “practice course” that was automatically set up for you in Canvas to experiment and learn. This course is likely named “Practice course for [your name] and is not connected to a roster. You can invite a GSI or colleague to participate as a student and try out features that interest you.

I need to create an "assignment-driven" Canvas course site

My course materials include readings and other types of files, as well as a detailed syllabus that students can use to find the articles. I plan to use online assignments and/or grading.

Attend a workshop:

ISS Learning and Technology Consultants (LTC) Workshop Schedule

Watch a video:
Read support information:
Talk with someone:

Contact LTC to set up an appointment or ask a question by phone at 734 615-0099 or email (lsa-iss-ltc@umich.edu).

Experiment in Canvas:

Use the Canvas “practice course” that was automatically set up for you in Canvas to experiment and learn. This course is likely named “Practice course for [your name] and is not connected to a roster. You can invite a GSI or colleague to participate as a student and try out features that interest you.

I teach a large lecture course and need to start planning

Read support information:

Multi-Section Courses in Canvas

Talk with someone:

Contact LTC to set up an appointment or ask a question by phone at 734 615-0099 or email (lsa-iss-ltc@umich.edu).

Experiment in Canvas:

Use the Canvas “practice course” that was automatically set up for you in Canvas to experiment and learn. This course is likely named “Practice course for [your name] and is not connected to a roster. You can invite a GSI or colleague to participate as a student and try out features that interest you.

I want to use media in my Canvas course site

My course materials include media files and I want to provide students with easy access to them.

Attend a workshop:

ISS Learning and Technology Consultants (LTC) Workshop Schedule

Read support information:
Talk with someone:

Contact LTC to set up an appointment or ask a question by phone at 734 615-0099 or email (lsa-iss-ltc@umich.edu).

Experiment in Canvas:

Use the Canvas “practice course” that was automatically set up for you in Canvas to experiment and learn. This course is likely named “Practice course for [your name] and is not connected to a roster. You can invite a GSI or colleague to participate as a student and try out features that interest you.

Build Your Canvas Course Site

(Use the LSA Canvas Guide: 20 Tips for a Successful Canvas Course Site, for detailed instructions.)

  • Incorporate any files into your new course site. Either manually upload files from CTools or migrate files from your CTools site through the ITS Convert2Canvas service. (Tips #5 and #6)
  • Add information from your syllabus and provide links to related information, where appropriate.( Tips #8, #9, #13, and #14)
  • Create learning activities, including Assignments, Quizzes, or Discussions. Publish them as appropriate. (Tips #10, #11, and #12)
  • Publish your course. (Tip #15)

Start Teaching

Stay current with support information related to UM’s implementation of Canvas via the LSA ISS Learning and Technologies group website and the Canvas at Michigan Course.