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Canvas Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

More information is available in the form of questions and answers. Click on the questions to expand them and see the answers.

To get more help with Canvas please contact the Digital Learning Center or stop by during our office hours. Canvas also maintains a robust faculty guide and frequently publishes short videos that provide effective tool overviews.

Questions and Answers for Faculty/Staff (Site Creator)

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What steps might I take in anticipation of the end-of-semester read-only state for course sites?
When an academic term ends in the Canvas system, your course site will become inactive or read-only. Course sites revert to a read-only state on August 15 and January 15. Faculty will maintain full access to their course sites after an academic term ends and the course becomes read-only.

Students will maintain some access to course materials but will not be able to actively participate in the course such as uploading to posted assignments or access to quiz answers. Should faculty choose to do so, there are numerous ways to limit the availability of content or tools to the students (see bullets below). In addition, inactive courses will no longer appear on your immediate course list but can be accessed (in their entirety) by selecting "view all courses".
Please contact the Digital Learning Center at ext. 4420 or dlc@hws.edu for assistance on any of the above processes.
I'm teaching two sections of the same course. Is there a way to consolidate Canvas sites for the courses?
How do I copy material from an existing Canvas course into a new one?
I'm having trouble dragging files from my desktop and/or between courses.
How do I customize my left-hand course menu navigation buttons?
How do I facilitate access to a Canvas site for a collaborator in a credit-bearing course?
How do I facilitate access to a Canvas Organization Site (ex: committee or department site)?
How do students get added to my Canvas site?
Students report that they can't see my course materials. How do I "publish" my site in order to make it completely visible to students?
How do I send a message to my entire class?
Help! I can’t see all of my courses.
My "courses" drop down menu is really long, can I limit the view to just the courses I'm teaching/involved with this semester?
Does Canvas have a blog tool?
What if I want to use the curved grading in Canvas?
What happened to Blackboard?
I need access to Blackboard course materials and missed the June 30th deadline. Is there any way to recover my materials?
How do I add my Blackboard zipped files to Canvas?

Questions and Answers for Students (Participants)

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How can I learn more about using Canvas?
Canvas maintains a robust student guide that is kept to up-to-date with new features and functionalities.
How do I adjust Canvas messaging preferences? Ex: I want to receive Canvas announcements ASAP on my cell phone.
I can't see all of my courses in Canvas. What do I do?
My "courses" drop down menu is really long, can I limit the view to just the courses I'm teaching/involved with this semester?
My faculty posted some comments/feedback to one of my assignments. How do I view these comments?
How long can I access my materials in Canvas after graduation?