Get Moving with Canvas

Steps to Get Moving with Canvas

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STEP 1: Verify Your Course Assignment

  • Verify that your assigned courses are listed in CougarWeb and in Canvas
    • If your course is not visible, check with your division office.
    • If your course is not listed in CougarWeb, email the CRN of the missing course to

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STEP 2: Prepare Syllabus and Calendar

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STEP 3: Build in Canvas

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STEP 4: Purposefully Clean & Organize Course

  1. Keep a simple navigation in Canvas
  2. Clean up your Canvas Dashboard: Add current classes, Remove old classes (don't worry, they're all still listed in "Courses". Pro Tip: Nickname your courses to make it easier to find individual courses in the Canvas Inbox.
  3. Make sure your Canvas notifications are set up in the way that works best for you. By the way, the Canvas Teacher App is free and available on both iPhones and Androids.
  4. PUBLISH your course before the first day of class. This gives you access to send emails to enrolled students through the Canvas InBox. Even if the course is published, the default setting is to limit students access to course materials until the first day of class.

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STEP 5: Update Students with Resources available in Canvas Commons

The eLC has provided ready-made student resources for you to import directly into your courses. These are available in the Canvas Commons. Watch this video to find, import, and customize these materials.

quiz icon  Canvas Orientation Quiz:

This quiz covers content from the Student Introduction to Canvas course ( Students will need to go over Module 3 “Getting to know Canvas” prior to attempting this quiz.

page icon  Collin College Student Resources:

This page contains links to Canvas help, Collin College, eLC, ACCESS, Writing Center, Library, Online Student Handbook, Student Counseling)

page icon  Technical requirements for Canvas:

The page has information on - Using Canvas and orientation for students - Browsers Canvas supports - Basic computer specification for Canvas -SmarterMeasure (self-assessment for students)

page icon  Welcome Note

A sample welcome note (that you can customize)  

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Additional Resources

  • Canvas Instructor Guides and Videos
  • Appointments with the eLC
    • Whether you’re designing a course, wanting to create a multi-media module, or just need some new ideas on using technology for teaching and learning, eLC staff are available for both one-on-one and group appointments. 
  • Want to learn more online? You've got a couple of choices: