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Canvas Basics for Students

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Announcements are communications from your instructor about any course activities.

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

What are Assignments?

How do I upload an Assignment?


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

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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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