1. What are Notifications?
Notifications allow faculty and students to select their preferred communication channels for course activity.
NOTE: Faculty cannot control how students elect to receive notifications. By default, notifications for course announcements and conversations will be sent to a student's Baylor email address, but a student may disable these notifications. Make sure your students understand how you intend to communicate with them throughout the semester.
2. What are Files?
The Files area is where you upload all of your course content. While you can give students access to this part of your course, the Files area in your course is intended to be instructor-facing, not student-facing.
3. Where do I put my course content?
Modules organize your content and provide navigational buttons for students moving through the course. This is the student-facing counterpart to Files.
From the module view you can:
4. What type of content can I put in my modules?
Canvas allows you to add the following content types to your module:
5. What does Publish mean?
Publish is the way Canvas allows you to make your course available to students. Students will not see your course until it is Published.
In addition to publishing your course as a whole, you can choose to publish or unpublish various elements of your course - including Assignments, Pages, Quizzes, etc. - at any point in the semester. You cannot unpublish the entire course once students have submitted work, but you can unpublish anything within the course.
NOTE: If you wish to make your course visible to students earlier than a week prior to the start of the term date, you will need to adjust your course section dates before publishing your course. In addition, you will not be able to send conversation messages to students until you publish your course.
6. What are the course roles in Canvas?
In Canvas, you can easily add new users into your course in addition to those that are added automatically. Do this by using the "+ People" button on the People tab as seen here and selecting what role you want the user to have.
Teachers are course admins and have full control over the course.
TAs are very similar to teachers in the sense of permissions, except TAs do not have access to add or remove Teachers, TAs, Designers, or Graders.
Designers have access to create and edit course content, discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and other content features. Designers cannot access grades. If users also need access to input grades, they should be listed as TA instead.
Graders have access to grades and assignments within a course, but will not have access to modify other course content. If users also need to access or modify course content, they should be listed as TA instead.
Observers are non-participating guests that can be added to a course. This role allows a user to see course content without allowing the user to participate in the course.
Communicators have the ability to manage communication within a course. They can send messages to the entire class, post announcements, and moderate discussion boards. This role can be added to an existing role like Student to provide select class leaders with greater responsibility within the class.
7. What role should I give an outside user in my course?
You are also responsible for ensuring that the purpose of the requested guest account and the role which you assign to the guest within your course complies with Baylor's guidelines pertaining to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). In most cases, guests should not have a Canvas Course Role higher than Student or Designer. Please refer to the following policies for additional guidelines:
9. Is there anything else I need to know about Canvas?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when working in Canvas:
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