CSU is dedicated to supporting instructors in their use of Canvas. With workshops, detailed online resources, and instructor support from college/area coordinators, faculty have access to a range of tools to begin using Canvas.

The main ideas and steps every Canvas instructor needs to understand:

  • Instructors may choose to use Canvas for online teaching – it is optional at CSU.
  • Instructors can use Canvas to supplement face-to-face classes, or teach fully online.
  • Course Preparation – course creation and life cycle
  • Enrollment and Access – cross-listing, course dates, roles and permissions, drops, publishing
  • Course Content – pages, modules, files, videos, conferences, accessibility
  • Grades and Assessments – assignments, quizzes, iClicker, anti-plagiarism, early performance feedback, final grades
  • Canvas Guides – videos, webinars, and online guides for instructors

Additional tools, resources and support:

  • CSU Library Resources – e-Reserve, research guides, copyright, research help, and 24/7 support
  • Training and Handouts – workshops, customized training, online orientation course, and training handouts
  • External Tools – LTIs and other vendor tools to add content and functionality to Canvas
  • Instructor Support – from the Canvas Info Center, CSU Canvas coordinators, central Canvas staff, or vendors
  • Canvas Release Notes – improvements added every three weeks