Staff guides: Canvas LMS

FAQs

A collection of common questions relating to the introduction of Canvas and the University of Melbourne.

Canvas FAQs

Webinar recordings

For staff unable to attend our live Zoom sessions, we also offer a series of recorded webinars available online 24/7. These include a quick start to Canvas, an overview of assessment and feedback tools, as well as an introduction to the communication and collaboration tools available in your subject.

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User guides

Guide title Guide link
Administration
Blackboard to Canvas terminology quick-reference guide Unimelb guide
People in Canvas - Staff roles and permissions Unimelb guide
Sections Unimelb guide
Announcements
How do I add an announcement? Canvas Community guide
Assignments
Turnitin in Canvas Assignments Unimelb guide
Video assignments Unimelb guide
How do I create an assignment? Canvas Community guide
What assignment types can I create? Canvas Community guide
How do I use SpeedGrader? Canvas Community guide
How do I add an assignment group? Canvas Community guide
How do I weight the final grade based on assignment groups? Canvas Community guide
How do I create rules for an assignment group? Canvas Community guide
How do I create a peer review assignment? Canvas Community guide
Calendar
How do I use the Calendar? Canvas Community guide
Communication and Collaboration
How do I use the Inbox? Canvas Community guide
Blogs in Canvas Unimelb guide
Journals in Canvas Unimelb guide
Wikis in Canvas Unimelb guide
Zoom in Canvas Unimelb guide
Discussion
How do I create a discussion? Canvas Community guide
How do I assign a graded discussion? Canvas Community guide
Editing and managing content
Banner tool user guide Unimelb guide
H5P in Canvas Unimelb guide
SCORM in Canvas Unimelb guide
How do I add and modify text? Canvas Community guide
How do I use the HTML view? Canvas Community guide
How do I create hyperlinks to course content? Canvas Community guide
How do I manage alt text and display options for images embedded? Canvas Community guide
How do I upload a document? Canvas Community guide
How do I use the Math Editor? Canvas Community guide
How do I use the Accessibility Checker? Canvas Community guide
Global navigation
How do I use the Dashboard? Canvas Community guide
How do I use the To Do list and sidebar in the Dashboard? Canvas Community guide
How do I view all my subjects? Canvas Community guide
Home page
How do I create and use a banner and card image for my subject? Unimelb guide
How do I use the subject home page? Canvas Community guide
How do I manage subject navigation links? Canvas Community guide
How do I show recent announcements in the subject home page? Canvas Community guide
How do I publish a subject? Canvas Community guide
How do I use the subject Activity Stream? Canvas Community guide
Gradebook
Gradebook - Preparing and exporting results for StudentOneUnimelb guide
Grade Posting Policy in the Gradebook Unimelb guide
How do I use the Gradebook? Canvas Community guide
How do I view assignments or students individually in the Gradebook? Canvas Community guide
How do I enter and edit grades in the Gradebook? Canvas Community guide
How do I hide or display grades for a Subject? Canvas Community guide
Groups
Canvas Bulk Group Membership tool guide Unimelb guide
How do I add a group set in a subject? Canvas Community guide
How do I allow students to create their own student groups? Canvas Community guide
How do I automatically assign students to groups? Canvas Community guide
How do I manually assign students to groups? Canvas Community guide
How do I move a student into a different group? Canvas Community guide
How do I view content and student activity within a group? Canvas Community guide
Modules
Office 365 resources within Modules Unimelb guide
Modules guides Canvas Community guide
How do I add a module? Canvas Community guide
How do I add assignment types, pages, and files as module items? Canvas Community guide
How do I add prerequisites to a module? Canvas Community guide
How do I add requirements to a module? Canvas Community guide
Quizzes
What quiz types can I create in a subject? Canvas Community guide
How do I create a quiz by finding questions in a question bank? Canvas Community guide
How do I create a question bank in a subject? Canvas Community guide
Once I publish a quiz, how do I make additional changes? Canvas Community guide
Once I publish a quiz, what kinds of quiz statistics are available? Canvas Community guide
How do I view student results in a quiz? Canvas Community guide
How do I view a quiz log for a student? Canvas Community guide
How do I view practice quiz results in a subject? Canvas Community guide
Rubrics
How do I add a rubric to an assignment? Canvas Community guide
How do I manage rubrics in a subject? Canvas Community guide
How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion? Canvas Community guide
How do I add a rubric to a quiz? Canvas Community guide
SpeedGrader
How do I use SpeedGrader? Canvas Community guide
How do I grade group assignments in SpeedGrader? Canvas Community guide
How do I view the details of a submission for a student in SpeedGrader? Canvas Community guide
How do I enter and edit grades in SpeedGrader? Canvas Community guide
Subject overview
How do I use the Subject Overview (Syllabus)? Canvas Community guide
User management
External User Tool: Managing external users in Canvas Unimelb guide
External User Tool: Participant guide Unimelb guide
Mobile app
How can I use Canvas on my mobile device? Canvas Community guide