What is the Dashboard in Canvas?

The Dashboard is your landing page in Canvas, and it displays course cards for all your favorite courses. The Dashboard also contains global announcements from your institution, a global activity stream that shows recent activity in your courses, and a sidebar. The Dashboard will be the first thing you see when you log in to Canvas, but you can always navigate back to the Dashboard by clicking Dashboard in the Global Navigation Menu. For more information on the Dashboard, please visit the Canvas Guide: How do I use the Dashboard?

Why isn’t my Canvas course listed on my Dashboard?

How do I create a Turnitin assignment in Canvas?

Turnitin is NOT the default assignment submission type in Canvas. To create a Turnitin assignment, click on Assignments in the course menu and click on +Assignment (at the top of the page). In the Submission Type drop-down menu, choose External Tool. Type Turnitin in the search field and click Find. For more information on creating Turnitin assignments in Canvas, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1799. For information on grading Turnitin assignments in Canvas, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2860.

How do I create a quiz or exam in Canvas? What about question banks for various assessments?

How do I use discussions (i.e., forums / message boards) in Canvas?

    • The Discussions link is in the course menu. Click on +Discussions at the top of the page to get started. If you would like more information on how to create discussions, go to https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1977.
    • To pin a Discussion so that it always appears at the top, drag and drop the discussion up to the box “pinned discussions” or use the 3-dot menu link on the far right of the discussion and select “Pin”. For more information on pinning: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2717.
    • You will be automatically subscribed to the discussion threads that you create as an instructor, and you’ll be notified when new comments are posted. To unsubscribe or subscribe to a discussion, navigate to a specific discussion title and click Subscribe. Go to this link to view the specific steps you can take to subscribe or unsubscribe from a discussion: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2799.
    • You can adjust where and how frequently you receive notifications.  For more information, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1286.

How do I create a group assignment in Canvas (similar to Teams in CampusCruiser)?

    • Groups in Canvas are a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments. To create a group assignment, navigate to Assignments in the course menu. Click on +Assignment, then under the section “Group Assignment,” check the box next to “This is a group assignment.” For more details, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2652