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Many of us are new to Canvas and don't realize there are things that can make the experience unfavorable. 

For example, you publish your course early, but none of your students can access your course to complete the assigned activity. 

This page is a One-Stop-Shop for using Canvas. All this information is located within this site or on the Canvas Guides. We hope that this provides the help you need to be successful. Please feel free to request additions via  

warning = for items that can cause problems. 

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During Class

  • warning During the add/drop period, students who are adding your course will not be added into your Canvas course until the middle of the second week. You should manually add students to your course (while they wait for the add code to officially enroll) as soon as possible. After the official add, confirm the student has "registered" for this course and appears in your Portal's -, Class Roster. 
  • warning The Discussion tool isn't really for upload and embedding files into the Discussion reply. Discussion upload and embed uses User Storage that is only 50MB/person. Students can attach their files from OneDrive, Google or other. 
  • For file submissions, better to use the Assignment tool.
  • Anonymously Peer-Review Assignments will not allow the students or faculty to annotate/markup. 
  • Always provide a "practice" option for each graded activity. For example - a syllabus quiz is a low stakes quiz that will help students work out any technical issues early before a high stakes quiz.
  • Create formative assessments and communicate often with your students.
  • warning Create accommodations (Moderate) for students in a Classic Quiz or New Quiz. Also Assignment accommodations.  
  • warning Student MUST accept the invitation (People > "pending") to the course to be able to open it. It is emailed to their Cal Poly email and should appear on the Dashboard. You can send another invite if they can't find it. 
  • You can review course and student analytics. NOTE: Canvas data is NOT the same as PolyLearn's. 

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