What are we doing here? The goal of this introduction is
to step through a number of things that you will or may want to do
with a Canvas course that you have for a course you are teaching.
These include importing a (template, or other)
course, updating information in the course
site, importing grades, and creating a student
First, where is Canvas? You can always find it from the link at,
yes, ctools.umich.edu (look
at the top right of the page). Or you can go directly
From the Canvas site, select your Sandbox course to play with.
You can do all of the following to that; when you have a regular
course site, you can work with that instead.
- Download the correct course export file:
- Go to Settings, and look on the right sidebar for
"Import Content Into This Course."
- For Content Type select "Canvas Course
- Select the course export file you downloaded
- For Content, select "All Content."
- Click "Adjust events and due dates."
- And then click "Import" (and wait a moment).
- Click "Syllabus" on the left side bar.
- Click "Edit," above the calendar on the right
- And update the obvious information...
- Updating Settings
- Click "Settings" on the left side bar.
- Scroll through the course details
information to see what you can update there.
- Click the "Navigation" tab. Note that you can move
applications around in the course navigation, and hide
items from students. To find out what the different
navigation items allow you to do in your course,
in the Canvas at Michigan Canvas course, and see
Students and Other Users
In general, you will not need to add users to your course, as
the course enrollment is managed by Canvas and the
University. If you want to add other users, which for the
purposes of this session you do want to do:
- Click "People" on the left side bar.
- Click the "+People" button.
- Add the people at your table as students to your
If you have assignments in your course which you have graded
by hand (e.g., quizzes or homeworks), you can upload the
scores to your Canvas site so that students can see how they
have done. To do this..
- You need to upload an appropriately
csv file is a template. Change Assignmentname
to the name of the assignment, Last, First to
the student's name, uniqname to her/his uniqname,
and score to her/his score. Add more student rows
for additional students.Get CSV file, change name and add
students and scores. Create entries for an assignment
for the people you added in "Managing Students" above.
- Then click "Grades" on the left sidebar of your Canvas
site, and then "Import."
- Select the file, and click "Upload Data."
- Select "new assignment" for the "Assignment in
- Click "Continue."
- Click "Save Changes."
Finally, have the people you added as students view the site
to see how things appear. Note that you can also look at the
site as a student—click "Settings" on the left sidebar,
and then "Student View" on the right.
Where to go from here?
The Canvas at
Michigan site has a bunch of information.
ISS provides support for
Canvas, including drop-in and one-on-one support. Or ask your