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Jan 8 / otl

Helping Students Learn Canvas

You have set up your course in Canvas and are ready for the semester to start. You may have some questions lingering in the back of your mind: 

How will my students learn Canvas?  

 When students log in to Canvas, they will be prompted to follow a link to self-enroll in the CANVAS Student Training Course to get to know how to use CANVAS. The course has three modules:

  • Module 1: gives an overview of the learning management system and also reviews Canvas’ mobile application.
  • Module 2: reviews a few commonly used tools: Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes and Grades.
  • Module 3: reviews Office 365 and Respondus LockDown Browser / LockDown Monitor.

What can I do as an instructor to motivate my students to take the course?

You can assign the course to students by providing a link to the course. Furthermore, you can make this a required, graded assignment, by assigning a few points to the course to motivate students to take the course.

Canvas Assignment for Students

Canvas Assignment for Students

The assignment can be found in the Canvas Commons area. From the Global Navigation Menu, in Canvas, click Commons :

  1. Select Assignment
  2. Then, enter Badges
  3. The following should appear:

To load the assignment into your course, please follow these instructions.

Additionally, consultants in the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) are available to meet with you in person, by phone, or virtual meeting spaces (e.g., Skype) to discuss strategies for helping students learn Canvas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the OTL at 313-577-0001 or email