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  • The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. These links provide access to all your courses collectively. Default links include the Dashboard, Courses, Groups, Calendar, Inbox, User Account, and the Help menu.

    Depending on your institution account settings, other links may appear in the Global Navigation Menu.

    Merkelapper Global Navigation, Instructor Guide
  • After logging into Canvas, you can view your current courses. You may also be able to view past and future enrollment courses in Canvas.

    Note: Some institutions may restrict the option to view or access future enrollment courses before the start date and/or access concluded courses after the course has ended.

    Merkelapper Courses, Global Navigation, Instructor Guide
  • Folders can be used to organize files in your course, group, or personal files.

    Merkelapper Canvas Network, Files, Instructor Guide
  • Users can edit permissions for files, including setting the state of the file (published or unpublished), make files available to students who have the link, or schedule availability dates for the files.

    When the link restriction is set (only available to students with the link), the file can only be viewed if they are given the link to the file. However, this option only allows files to be hidden from students in Course Files. This functionality is not valid outside of the Files feature. For instance, if a file with a link restriction is added to a Module or Assignment, the file can always be viewed by students.  

    When the student availability date restriction is set, students can view the name and information for the file. In addition to Course Files, files with an availability date restriction can be viewed anywhere in Canvas (such as when the file is added to Modules or Assignments), but the file will be locked and they cannot view the actual file until the specified date.

    Note: You can also restrict a file or folder as part of setting usage rights for files or setting usage rights for folders.

    Merkelapper Files, Instructor Guide
  • You can move and organize the files in your course by dragging and dropping files or using the Move options for each file. Files are always organized in alphabetical order, so you are not able to rearrange the organizational structure of files, but to locate a file you can always sort files by column.

    Merkelapper Files, Instructor Guide
  • You can add a file to your course by uploading a file. You can also import files using the course import tool in Course Settings.

    As an instructor, you can drag and drop files from your personal files into course files.

    Note: Video and audio uploads to Canvas through the media tool can be up to 500 MB in size.

    Merkelapper Files, Instructor GS Guide, Instructor Guide
  • You can create a new ePortfolio in your user settings.

    Note: If you cannot view the ePortfolio link in your User Account, your institution has disabled this feature.

    Merkelapper ePortfolios, Instructor Guide
  • You can allow students to attach files to a discussion by changing the settings from the Discussions page.

    This setting can also be changed from the Course Settings page.

    Merkelapper Discussions, Instructor Guide
  • Groups are a subset of a course with a course-like environment including their own Calendar, Discussion board, and Collaboration tools. Only students added to a group have permission to see and use the respective tools within the group.

    A group discussion assignment creates an identical discussion topic in each group category. When students reply to the discussion topic they do so within their group environment, which is linked to the course from which the assignment was created.

    If you prefer to create a group discussion for grading, learn how to create graded group discussions.

    Note: You will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment.

    Merkelapper Discussions, Instructor Guide
  • You can create a graded discussion for a course group by using the Group Discussion checkbox. Canvas uses group sets to assign group discussions, and each group within the group set that is assigned to the discussion is required to complete the discussion.

    You will need to assign a group set as part of the discussion. You can add an existing group set, or you can create a new group set as part of the assignment and add students to groups later. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.

    When differentiating groups in graded discussions, students can only view the discussion if they are a member of an assigned group. Otherwise the discussion does not appear in the group's discussions page. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades. 

    You can still view the links to all groups that are in the group set (as with any other group discussion). However, if you do not select a group in the differentiated assignments list, the group does not show a differentiated due date.

    When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, graded discussions are also respected against closed grading periods.

    Merkelapper Discussions, Grading Periods, Groups, Instructor Guide