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Canvas Basics

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Announcements

Announcements are communications from your instructor about any course activities.

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Communication (Video)

 

 

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Appointment Scheduler

The Appointment Scheduler is part of the calendar and allows your instructor to create appointment groups (collection of individual appointments) that you can sign up for.

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Assignments

Assignments are online submissions that you can access from Assignments, Modules, Syllabus, or the Course Calendar.

What are Assignments?

How do I upload an Assignment?

Assignments Overview (Video)

 

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Calendar

Each Canvas user has their own personal calendar with their private events and schedules.

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*Tip #217: Using the Calendar in Canvas*

Calendar (Video)

 

 

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Conversations

Conversations allow the instructor to communicate privately with members of a course (or with a subset of all the members).

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Discussions

Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired.

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Discussions (Video)

 

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Files

Files is where all course files are stored. Content uploaded through other tools, such as Modules and Assignments, are also stored in Files.

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Files (Video)

 

 

 

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Groups

Students working on projects or group assignments can be organized in groups (at the course level). This creates a group work space where students can create pages, announcements, collaborations, discussions, and calendar events in real time.

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Group Creation and Interaction for Students (Video)

 

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Modules

Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or whatever organizational structure works for the instructor. Each module can contain files, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials.

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Recordings

Recordings is where class audio and video recordings are automatically posted to in Canvas for your students to stream or download.

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Seating Chart

Online seating charts provide an easy way for students to choose seats or to receive assigned seats from the instructor.

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Syllabus

The Syllabus page contains the course syllabus document and a list of any events or assignments listed in the Course Calendar. To view your course’s syllabus page, click on the Syllabus link in the Sidebar.

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Latest Tips

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    The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, also known as CALI, provides online interactive tutorials on various legal subjects.  Tutorials are authored by law faculty and peer reviewed by a member of the CALI Editorial Board.  Here is information on how to create an account and access the materials.
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    A new and improved interface for Files will be going live on all Canvas courses on May 11th.