SJSU iSchool Canvas Student Tutorials


Welcome to the tutorials page for learning how to use the Canvas learning environment.

About the Tutorials

This area contains a curated list of tutorials taking you through the various parts of a course site in the Canvas learning environment.

Complete List

For all Canvas tutorial available go to:

Getting Started
Canvas At-A-Glance
In this short video, iSchool students are introduced to the Canvas Learning Management System.
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Overview of Canvas
Provides a broad overview of the Canvas environment for Students.
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Joining Student Groups
Instructions for joining student groups in Canvas.
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General Canvas Information
Browser Settings
Supported browsers, Flash plug-in and browser privacy settings are discussed in this guide. If you are having trouble with content loading in your Canvas course please check this guide.
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Calendar is used for reminding students of graded Assignments with specific due dates. You can sync the calendar with other areas of the course. All of your course assignments will be in one place with the calendar.
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The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your courses and allows you to figure out what to do next.
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You can communicate with other people in your course at any time. Email will also compile all messages sent throughout Canvas, including comments left on student assignments.
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Navigation is a series of links on your screen that help you get to where you want to go inside of the Canvas platform.
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Notification Preferences allow users to select how and when they want to be notified when various events occur within a course.
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Using Rich Content Editor
Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, word processor that is available anytime for creating new content (assignments, announcement, discussions, blogs etc.) within Canvas.
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Setting Up an RSS Feed
Canvas has a way for you to get updates and notices via RSS.

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Profile & Personal Settings
The Settings navigation link is where you can easily update and see the different users and sections.
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Areas of a Course
Announcements allow instructors to communicate with students about course activities and post interesting course-related topics.
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Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.) 
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View and Save Assignment Feedback
Instructors may choose to include comments directly in the assignment using annotations, or inline comments. By using DocViewer, you are able to view and save the feedback.
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Canvas leverages technologies like Google Docs and EtherPad allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.
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Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired.
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Grades can serve as a communication tool between students and instructors and allow instructors to track the progress of students. 
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Modules are a way for instructors to organize the content of your course.
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Allows you to view a roster of participants in the course and provides easy email access to participants.
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Allows you to take online assessments for the course created by your instructor.
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