Start-of-semester Canvas tips

Last Updated: 08/20/2020

With the fall semester just around the corner, we thought you might appreciate some tips to make the most of Canvas and help you get off to a smooth start.

Helpful tip #1: Create your courses in Canvas. Why wait? Most courses will be available for you within Canvas immediately.

Helpful tip #2: Publish your course. Students can’t see your course until you publish it.

Helpful tip #3: Review the latest updates made to Canvas.

Helpful tip #4: Attend a Canvas training or view an on-demand training. We have several introductory Canvas classes, grading and quiz trainings, and workshops on maximizing student engagement and collaboration that are recorded so you can watch them when you need them.

Helpful tip #5: TAs are generally added to your Canvas course automatically. You can also add TAs using their email address, IdentiKey login name, or Student ID. Ensure that your TAs are enrolled in the correct sections. TAs can only view student data, such as grades, dropbox assignments, etc., for the sections they are enrolled in.

Helpful tip #6: Review the Canvas Accessibility page, and take advantage of campus services like SensusAccess, to make your content accessible.

Helpful tip #7: Visit the Start of Term Canvas FAQ for answers to the most common questions.

Helpful tip #8: Take advantage of our Canvas support resources.

Need assistance? Please contact the IT Service Center at or call 303-735-4357.

Have a great semester!