Canvas is the learning management system (LMS) for the University of the Incarnate Word. It provides instructors with the means to establish an online presence and distribute learning materials through one convenient platform. Using Canvas, instructors can communicate with their students, create learning modules, distribute instructional materials, host discussions, grade assignments, provide feedback on instruction, and much more.
As part of the UIW Course Consistency Initiative, all empty academic courses come populated with a few foundational items to promote consistent Canvas organization and navigation across the university. A familiar online environment minimizes student confusion, improves course consistency, and promotes efficient learning.
Follow the resources on this page to get started with Canvas and learn how to make the most out of your Canvas course. This page is meant for instructors, if you are a student visit the Learning with Canvas webpage.
Note: If you cannot login to Cardinal Apps or haven't received a proper UIW email and password, please contact the UIW Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 829-2721
Once you're familiar with logging into Canvas via Cardinal Apps, start by downloading and reviewing the Canvas Highlights and Best Practices document below. Within, you'll get a glance at the most important aspects of building and managing a course in Canvas.
A sandbox is a new, empty course shell created solely for you that nobody else can see. Sandboxes are self-contained, so there's no stakes involved and no reason to worry about messing anything up.
Use your sandbox to learn, experiment, or build an entire course along with other pieces of learning content. At any point, you can copy any and all of your work to your live course. Use the link below to submit a ticket and request a Sandbox in Canvas.
There are routine steps instructors need to take at the beginning and end of each term they teach a course in Canvas. These checklists walk you through the expectations and offer explanations for when it comes time to manage these responsibilities.
Personalize the UIW Blueprint is an asynchronous training course designed to walk you through the minimal use requirements expected of all Canvas courses at UIW. It’s the perfect companion to learning Canvas the first time or as a refresher next time you set up your course.
Use the link below to access the course. Once you've finished with Personalize the UIW Canvas Blueprint, move on to to next course in the tile below.
Are you learning Canvas without building a course using the UIW Blueprint? Maybe you've completed the Personalize the UIW Blueprint training and need a refresher on how Canvas features work? This training is for you! Review the basic features and practice along in your Sandbox course.
Use the link below to access the course. Once you've finished with The Canvas Basics, move on to to next course in the tile below.
Once you have a basic understanding of using Canvas, this asynchronous training takes you through the steps to building a robust, online course experience. Additionally, there are accompanying companion guides for each topic in the course. You may find these guides below, as well as within the course in the appropriate areas.
Use the link below to access the course. Once you've finished with How to Build a Canvas Course, you will be finished with the asynchronous guides provided by UIW. Please, explore the rest of the resources found on this page.
Whether it's by chat or calling in, you can always get help with Canvas any time of the day or night. To get help, find the help icon in the bottom of your Canvas' left Navigation menu. Call (844) 384-5742 at any time for help, or visit the following resources.
The Canvas mobile app is a version that helps you stay current with your courses anywhere you go. It's FREE and offers some convenient functionality such as...
Download the Teacher app on your desired platform with the links below!
Visit the Canvas Access and Management page to find FAQ's on to most requested bits of knowledge related to the administrative side of Canvas.
Canvas Studio is a built-in media tool that allows students and instructors to upload, create, edit, manage, share, and discuss with audio and video files. Existing files can be uploaded, or new videos can be created with Studio's capture and editing tools. For recording purposes, some notable features are as follows:
To learn more about Canvas Studio, you can view the entire guide on Instructure's website. For more specific guides to get started:
To save time and effort! Instead of teaching multiple sections of the same course separately, you can create a single course and combine all your sections into a single teaching space. This process, called cross-listing, allows you to place all your student enrollments into one "parent" course, allowing you to teach all your students in a single online space rather than in multiple separate sections.
Once you've built a course, save time by copying content over from a sandbox or blueprint instead of starting from scratch.
Need face-to-face instruction or training? We're here for you, virtual or in-person. Reach out to the instructional design professional assigned to your school or department from the list located in the right side bar of this page.
The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology house many useful resources to provide to students. Whether you include them within the introduction module of a course, or simply distribute throughout the semester.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down a student's testing environment so that they are unable to navigate to other web pages or open other applications on the device they are taking the exam on. Quizzes in Canvas can be set to require the LockDown Browser to ensure a safe testing environment.
Instructors may follow the resources below to learn about the LockDown Browser, best practices, and how to turn it on for Canvas Quizzes. It's highly recommended to deploy a practice quiz prior to your first exam, so students can make sure they are familiar with the environment and have devices that work properly. Leave the quiz available for the duration of the course, with unlimited attempts, so students can access it again if they use a different computer.
Students will have different experience depending on whether the quiz in Canvas is a Classic or New quiz. If student's experience issues, they need to contact Respondus support directly or the UIW Help Desk.
Love Canvas and want to stay on top of new features? Canvas Release Notes maintain a current list of features and other customer-impacting changes that come to the platform. These release notes update on the third Saturday of every month, so check out what's new by viewing the release notes below.
Check out the selection of on-demand video content from the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology (OTLT). Through the link below, view archives from past training's, professional development sessions, and tutorials from all over. The Video Resources Stream page will be the forever home for recorded content from OTLT so check back often to find new content.
Any documents or images you want to show students in the course get uploaded to the Files menu. It works just like saving files to your computer or OneDrive.
Each Canvas course has a limit of 2GB. Canvas courses are only ideal for storing Word documents, smaller PowerPoint files, PDFs, and images. To save space, store larger files and videos elsewhere then link or embed them in your course. (See the 'What to do about large files' below).
Additionally, each student has around 52.4MB of storage for a course. Files that students upload for a graded assignment are stored in their files area, but do not count against their storage limit. However, if students are uploading a file as an attachment to, say, a discussion thread, these attachments will count against their storage limit as Canvas does not consider an attachment as an uploaded assignment.
Examples of larger files will be items like long recordings of audio, video, and larger PowerPoint files. Microsoft Stream, Echo360 for Health Professions, or YouTube, are for storing and sharing videos. Short videos 5 to 10 minutes long can also be stored in Canvas Studio. OneDrive is great for larger PowerPoints, PDFs, or Word files.
Videos tend to be larger files, which can be stored elsewhere and either linked or embedded into your course.
It's recommended to store large files within your OneDrive, which is nearly limitless online storage provided to you by UIW.