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Canvas – Learning Management System - 2

The Basics
Beyond the Basics Canvas
Ideas on incorporating Canvas in course:
Research on Using Learning Management System (LMS) in Courses
How to Get More Help and Training Opportunities


The Basics

Information Technology Services(ITS) Digital Learning has a website related to building a course in Canvas.
Top 10 Things You Should Know About Canvas @ UNO - PDF

The following videos will help getting started with common features of Canvas. Below each video there are links to step by step instructions. Text-based articles on these common features are also available by going to the Canvas Instructor Guide.

Announcements Overview
Assignments Overview
Assignment Creation
Canvas Interface Overview
Conversation Overview (Inbox)
Course Layout - Customization
Discussions Overview
Discussion Creation
Files - Add Course Content
Gradebook Overview
Groups - Creation and Management
Import content from course to course
Modules - Creation and Management
    Similar to creating a folder structure (Week 1, 2, etc. or Chapter 1, 2, etc.
    Add additional email, text and how often you receive
Pages - Creation and Management
    Many times used for creating your Home page
Quiz Creation - Settings
Quiz Creation - Questions
Rich Content Editor - Content Creation
Speedgrader Overview
Syllabus Overview


Beyond the Basics Canvas

Everything you every wanted to know about Canvas is in the Instructor Canvas Guide. If you learn better by video here is a list of all video guides for instructors.

Four Tools for Checking Your Canvas Course for Error Canvas Community Blog Post

Mobile Access

Once installed connect the app to UNO Canvas by typing 'University of Neb' and you will see a choice for UNO.

Mobile Faculty Guide
Mobile Student Guide


How do I manage rubrics in a course?
Rubrics Overview (video)


How do I create an outcome for a course?
Outcomes Overview (video)


Use Course Analytics to:

  • See which students are at-risk and need help.
  • View how effective your teaching strategies are in allowing students to learn.
  • See a quick view of what your students are achieving in your course.

Course Analytics

Student Analytics (analytics on a specific student)

Course Settings

Handy options to assist with verifying links in your course, importing and exporting course as well as displaying only the menu items students need to use.
Course Settings (video)

Roll Call Attendance

What is the Roll Call Attendance Tool?
How do I use the Roll Call Attendance tool in a course?

Adding Video Content using UNO Academic Video
Web Conferencing using Zoom
Protect your online quiz/exam using Respondus LockDown Browser/Monitor
Plagiarism Tool using Turnitin


Ideas for Incorporating Canvas in Course

(My) Three Principles of Effective Online Pedagogy
Ways to Design Different Environments for Group Work in Canvas (video)
13 Principles of Good Learning in Games — Applied to Teaching
General Accessibility Design Guidelines
Canvas Accessibility Checker
Mobile App Design Considerations
Tips to Designing Mobile-Friendly Assignments
Mobile Formative Assessments (video)
Canvas Mobile User Group


Research on Using Learning Management System (LMS) in Courses

The use of e-learning Course Management Systems to support learning strategies and to improve self-regulated learning


How to Get More Help and Training Opportunities

The UNO Digital Learning Instructional Design team provides various training opportunities that can be browsed at Contact Instructional Designers individually for assistance.

Support for any Canvas user is available 24x7 through phone, chat or e-mail. To use this support:
  1. Login to Canvas
  2. Click 'Help' (question mark icon)
  3. Select the type of help you want to use

Students who are in need of Canvas support can also reach out to the UNO Technical Support Desk at 402.554.4357 or

Canvas has an active Community site. Ask a question and receive information from Canvas employee’s along with other instructors, technical staff and students from around the world. You can make requests for new features or update existing features. The community votes and the company uses this input for prioritizing updates. There are various user groups you can join.

To learn more about the community check out the Canvas Community Guide.


Building a Course

Information on creating courses in Canvas.

Support & Workshops

Check for upcoming training opportunities offered by UNO and webinars offered by Canvas.

Faculty FAQ

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions faculty are asking about Canvas.

Tip of the Week

Each week a new tip about how to use Canvas is posted here.

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