Canvas

Starting in winter ’22, all faculty will teach in Canvas. Here are resources to help you prepare a new course and teach it. Learn more about the switch from D2L at the Canvas at PSU webpage.

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Navigating Your New Canvas Course

Using any tool for the first time can be overwhelming. This guide can help focus your attention on what matters most.

Key Things to Know about Your New Canvas Course

Canvas and D2L have many similarities and overlapping functions — but also some key differences you’re likely to encounter as you prepare to teach.

Canvas Course Checklist

From basic settings to content organization, here are the top tasks to make sure your Canvas course is ready for students.

Copying Your Course from D2L to Canvas

Before copying courses, review these steps. If your courses have more than a few problem features, you may want to have OAI migrate them.

Easy Wins in Canvas

Here are a few popular Canvas features to be especially excited about.

Request to Copy a D2L Course to Canvas

If you have not found a course in Canvas that you will need for teaching during winter term, here’s what to do.

Canvas Tutorials

These step-by-step tutorials will show you how to do whatever you need to accomplish in Canvas — whether you’re teaching fully online, fully in-class, or a hybrid.

Canvas Student Support and Syllabus Statement

OAI supports only faculty, but here are some ways for students to get help with Canvas.

Export Backup Data from a D2L Course

When you export a D2L course using the Import/Export/Copy Components tool, student content such as grades and assignment submissions is not included. Here are alternatives.

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Managing Your Canvas Site

Canvas has many features and tools for teaching a course. But you also need these “under the hood” functions for managing your course.

Using the Home Page in Canvas

When students log in to your course for the first time, they need something friendly and welcoming that orients them and explicitly communicates what to do.

Organizing Content in Canvas

Canvas has several tools for adding content to your course. Once it’s added, here’s how to organize that content in ways students will find consistent and predictable.

Assignments in Canvas

Assignments in Canvas is both a specific kind of assessment and any Canvas activity associated with a grade.

Discussions in Canvas

Discussions are especially flexible tools, useful both for communication and for assessment.

Communicating in Canvas

Canvas has several ways to communicate with your students. Here are two of them.

Student Interactions in Canvas

Whether you’re teaching fully online, blended, or in-person, here’s help for developing space to support student interaction in your digital classroom.

Quizzes in Canvas

Though you and your students may use “test” and “quiz” interchangeably, Canvas calls this type of assessment a “quiz.” Here’s how to use Canvas quizzes for assessment, review, and practice.

Grading in Canvas

The Gradebook stores all information about student progress in the course, measuring both letter grades and course outcomes. Here’s an overview.

Take It Further


Meet Canvas Commons

Commons is a learning object repository (LOR) that helps educators find, import, and share learning resources in their Canvas courses.

D2L and Canvas: Tool Comparison

The primary tools in D2L and Canvas are similar — but Canvas is more user-friendly, with additional or streamlined features. This comparison will help orient you.

Canvas @ PSU

Canvas Workshops

Weekly Canvas workshops can take your learning further, help solve problems, and answer your questions as you get to know Canvas.

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