Canvas (canvas.umn.edu) is the UMN Learning Management System (LMS), an online platform used by instructors to provide learning materials and activities that may supplement a face-to-face or blended course, or deliver a fully online experience. Additional learning tools can be added to Canvas to extend the core functionality and features of the system.
Students use Canvas to access course material, submit assignments, take quizzes, view grades, and interact with classmates and instructors through online discussions and direct messaging.
Academic Canvas course sites (based on PeopleSoft course and enrollment information) are automatically created several months before a semester starts. Instructors will see their course sites in MyU (myu.umn.edu) in the Teaching tab.
Canvas Resources to Share with Students
- Canvas: Getting Started for Students
- Where to find feedback
- What-If Grades allow students to calculate their total grade
- Online Learning Tips
- Learning Online 101, a self-enroll, self-paced Canvas site for students. Students earn a badge completing this course.
- How to view feedback on Canvas assignments, [Video 1:31]
- What is cross-listing in Canvas and how do I do that as an instructor?
- If you have multiple sections to cross-list, contact Silke Moeller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- How do I use colors and icons in the Canvas Gradebook?
- How to use Speedgrader?
- How can I give Feedback to Students?
- Leaving comments for students in the Gradebook
- Adding comments for students in Speedgrader
- Quickly send a message to students directly from the Gradebook
- creates individual messages to students who have not yet submitted, scored above or below a specific grade, or haven’t been graded
- Canvas Assignment Rubrics
- How to request a non-academic Canvas site?
- Contact Silke Moeller (email@example.com) to allow self-enrollment for a Canvas site
- Understanding Roles Types in Canvas
- How to update course material in Canvas, supported by the Libraries
Semester Canvas Site Checklist
- The 7 Core Skills and the Foundations Training
- In Canvas:
- Self-paced training on Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Canvas Course Sites
- Self-paced training on Digital Accessibility: Web Conferencing/Zoom (in development)
- Universal Design for Learning
- Guide for Inclusive Teaching (Columbia University), Moving Toward Inclusive Excellence - Checklists (MCAT)