As an instructor, you can control which links appear in Course Navigation. By default, all links are enabled for all courses. Please note that links cannot be renamed.
Links to sections that don't have any content and that students cannot create content for will automatically not be shown to students and will be faded for your view. For example, if there are no learning outcomes set for the course, you will see the faded Outcomes link, but students will not see the link at all. Configured External Apps may create additional Course Navigation links.
Disabling a course navigation link creates the following redirects:
- Hidden only (cannot be disabled): Discussions, Grades, and People
- Page disabled; redirected to home page: Announcements, Assignments, Conferences, Collaborations, Files, Modules, Outcomes, Quizzes, pages, Syllabus
- Page disabled; won't appear in navigation: Any LTI links, such as Attendance, Chat, and SCORM
Note: Reordering and hiding Course Navigation links affects the course tabs in the Dashboard course view. Learn more about the Dashboard.
You can import your Canvas calendar to Google Calendar. The calendar feed will contain events and assignments from all of your Canvas calendars.
The steps in this lesson are also relevant for those using Gmail via Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education provides an Institution Email Account to those institutions participating in the program. To learn more, visit the Google Edu website.
Once you have subscribed to the calendar feed, you can remove or unsubscribe from the calendar feed at any time.
- All future events, and past events within 30 days, are included when exporting a Canvas calendar to Google Calendar.
- Google Calendar periodically updates but may take up to 24 hours to sync with the Canvas Calendar. Canvas update may not be immediately visible in Google Calendar.
The Calendar is a great way to view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place. You can view calendar events by day, week, month, or agenda list. The calendar also includes access to the Scheduler, which is an optional scheduling tool in Canvas.
Once you have added assignments to your assignment group, you can create rules for the entire assignment group. Assignment group rules determine how Canvas handles any exceptions you want to create for grade calculations. Assignment groups can be weighted or unweighted.
When using the lowest or highest score rule, an assignment group must include at least one score, plus the number of dropped scores and the number of assignments that should not be dropped. For instance, if you have a rule for dropping three scores and one Never Drop assignment, you would need five student scores in the assignment group to have all three lowest or highest scores dropped.
Canvas considers how the rule most negatively or positively affects the student's overall score. A rule to drop the lowest score will remove the assignment score(s) from a student's group percentage calculation that will result in the best possible score for that group. A rule to drop the highest score will remove the assignment score(s) from a student's group percentage calculation that will result in the lowest possible score for that group.
In some cases, the point value may be considered more important than percentage score when determining which assignment to drop. For example, an instructor may set a rule to drop the lowest score in an assignment group, where a student earns a 100% on a 50-point assignment, 65% on a 100-point assignment, and 50% on a 24-point assignment. The 50% score is the lowest percentage, but the 65% score will be dropped as this action provides the student with a better total score for the assignment group than dropping the 50% score.
Multiple Grading Periods
If your course includes Multiple Grading Periods, you cannot change assignment group rules once an assignment group has assignments in a closed grading period.
Additionally, if an assignment group contains assignments that fall into multiple grading periods, grades may have unintended consequences when calculating assignment group rules.
Canvas supports five assignment types: Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, External Tools, and Not Graded.
As an instructor, you can select an assignment type when creating an assignment shell. However, you can also create assignments within an assignment type by visiting each type's respective Index Page.
When a course is completed and you want to provide read-only access to the course, you may be able to conclude the course manually in Canvas. However, if your institution uses software that automatically concludes enrollments, you do not have to manually end your course since the end date of the course will automatically conclude the course on your behalf.
When courses are manually concluded, all enrollments are removed from the course and placed in the prior enrollments page. All users in the course will have read-only access. This change applies to all enrollments, including course instructors. Instructor-based roles will no longer have the same access in the course and will result in loss of course functionality and user information, such as viewing SIS data. If full functionality is still required for instructors but you want to conclude the course for students, you can change the end date of the course. Please note that instructors can also change the course date for their courses.
Once a course is concluded, if you do not want students to be able to view the course at all, you can restrict students from viewing prior courses.
Note: Manually concluding a course is a course permission. If the Conclude this Course button does not appear in Course Settings, this setting has been restricted for your course. If you are an instructor, contact your admin for assistance.
Note: You can unconclude courses if necessary.Manual Admin guide
The Theme Editor supports desktop and mobile upload files. Standard CSS/JS files are applied to HTML pages in the Canvas desktop application, which can include the login page for mobile devices. Mobile CSS/JS files are only applied to user content displayed within the Canvas iOS or Android apps, as well as in third-party apps using the Canvas API, but mobile files do not apply to user content displayed in mobile browsers.
Custom File Risks
If you cannot use the native Theme Editor options for branding, you must be aware of the associated risks of using custom files, which may cause accessibility issues or conflicts with future Canvas updates:
- Custom files may conflict with future changes to the Canvas DOM (eg: element class names or HTML structure) and are therefore not supported. Instructure disclaims any liability for any changes made to your custom override files.
- You are responsible to review web content accessibility guidelines to ensure your files meet any web accessibility testing or other compliance standards that may be required in your jurisdiction. You are responsible for making your modifications accessible to screen readers, users with text contrast and color contrast needs, and users relying on High Contrast Styles as a user feature option.
- When experimenting with custom branding, always confirm your branding changes in your institution's beta environment or test environment.
Manual Admin guide
- The Theme Editor is not available for two-week trial or Free-For-Teacher accounts.
- If you are a subaccount admin and the Themes link is not visible in Account Navigation, Themes has not been enabled for sub-accounts. If the CSS/JS Upload tab is not visible, file uploads have not been enabled for sub-accounts.
Quizzes in Canvas are assignments that can be used to challenge student understanding and assess comprehension of course material. The quiz tool is used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. Quizzes can also be used to conduct and moderate exams and assessments, both graded and ungraded.
Canvas has four different types of quizzes:
- A graded quiz is the most common quiz and rewards students points based on their quiz responses.
- A practice quiz is a learning tool to see how well users understand course material without providing a grade.
- A graded survey rewards students with points for completing a survey but grading is not based on right or wrong answers.
- An ungraded survey obtains opinions or other information without providing a grade.
Rubrics are a way to set up custom or Outcome-based assessment criteria for scoring.
A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality. Rubrics are typically comprised of rows and columns. Rows are used to define the various criteria being used to assess an assignment. Columns are used to define levels of performance for each criterion.
Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas.
If you want to view a video about personal settings, you can watch the User Settings and Profile Picture video.
Note: Your institution may restrict one or more settings options.