What is Canvas?
Canvas is the official learning management system of OU Norman and Norman programs at OU Tulsa. Instructors can login at canvas.ou.edu and find their current and previous courses. Below we've provided a Quick Start Guide as well as links to more in-depth Canvas Instructor Guides.
Canvas Quick Start Guide
How do I upload my syllabus and other course files?
You can add a file to your course by uploading a file. In Course Navigation, click the Files link. Click the Upload button. Click the title of the file you want to upload and click the Open button. A progress bar will appear at the top of screen tracking the progress of your file upload.
How do I make the course available to students?
You must publish a course before students can access it and its contents. Students cannot see unpublished courses and content. Additionally, instructors cannot send messages via Inbox unless a course is published. In Global Navigation, click the Courses link, then click the name of the course. In the Sidebar, click the Publish button.
How can students submit work?
To receive course work from students on Canvas, instructors must first create an Assignment. As an instructor you can choose to have students submit work by uploading files, filling out a text box, or recording media.
How do I grade an assignment?
Once an Assignment is published, a column will appear in the Gradebook. In Course Navigation, click the Grades link. Locate the student name and assignment where you want to enter a grade. To enter a points grade, enter the number of points in the cell and press the Return/Enter key.
Instructors also have access to SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader makes it easy to evaluate individual student assignments and group assignments quickly. Once graded in SpeedGrader, the grades will appear in the Gradebook when you are done.
How do I have a discussion?
As an instructor you have multiple options for discussions including the option to make them graded and allow threaded replies. In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link. Click the Add Discussion button.
How can I split my class into groups?
Instructors can create groups for students to collaborate on group assignments, pages, collaborations, and more. Instructors can also allow students to create their own groups.
Can I email my students from Canvas?
The Canvas tool for communication is Inbox. Instructors cannot send messages via Inbox unless a course is published. In Global Navigation, click the Inbox link. Click the Compose icon. In the course drop-down menu, select the course where you want to send a message. Click the Address Book icon. When you are finished, click the Send button.
Canvas Teaching Tips
- 9 Reminders for Teaching Online Courses
- Create Your Own Content in Canvas
- Special Accommodations in Canvas
- How to Recover Deleted Files
Access more Canvas Teaching Tips from the OU College of Arts and Sciences Online Academics and Technology Services.
24/7 Technical Assistance Canvas Support
If you have questions or are experiencing trouble with this service, you can contact Canvas support directly by clicking on the Help icon in Canvas.
Support is provided through the following channels:
- Canvas Guides
- Canvas Support Hotline: 1-844-629-6842
Library Resources in Canvas
The OU Libraries’ Course Materials Canvas tool is designed to help instructors incorporate library materials in their Canvas courses. Instructors can use the tool to build reading lists that include books and articles owned by the library, videos, web resources, and more.