Canvas Tip of the Week (23 September 2019)

Guides To Getting The Most Out of Canvas

Did you know that both TCUS and Instructure have student and instructor guides for you to use?

Outside of the 24/7 tech support offered by Canvas, they offer a series of helpful guides available for faculty and students. Guides are updated regularly and review the key features within Canvas that faculty and students use.

Student Guide –

Instructor Guide –

We strongly encourage bookmarking these sites to help troubleshoot any questions you or your students might have as you work within Canvas. It is also a good idea to include a link to the student guide in your syllabus.

In addition to these Canvas guides, the TCUS Canvas team has created courses in Canvas to guide faculty and students through the key components of course setup. These courses are organized by topic and offer a review of the key features and used used for delivering or supporting courses in Canvas.  The TCUS teamare constantly updating these courses and that content reflects useful tips and tricks we discover in our experience with Canvas.

Log into Canvas at and select the “How to Use Canvas: A Guide for Teachers/Students” course from your dashboard.  For each topic, there are 3 to 8 minute videos that describe and show how to use each feature.

Please note that all of the Canvas Tips of the Week are archived on the CILT website at

As a reminder, the Canvas team at the Touro College and University Systems level continues to offer webinars on various aspects of Canvas.  Webinars that are coming up this week include:

September 23, 2019, Monday
11:00am – Adding Content to Your Course (to join, click

September 24, 2019, Tuesday
11:00am – Setting Up Your Canvas Gradebook (to join, click

September 26, 2019, Thursday
0:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to join, click

September 27, 2019, Friday
8:00am – Using Assignments to Collect Work Form Students: And how to Grade Them (to join, click

You can access the complete training schedule at

Finally, I wanted to bring to your attention a free, online faculty development event entitled “Can•Innovate,” which will showcase creative practices in online teaching and course design in support of California’s 114 community colleges that use Canvas.  However, anyone is able to sign up for one or all of the sessions.  The full schedule and list of topics, as well as links to sign up for individual sessions, are available at:

If you have questions, feel free to contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.