Welcome to our Canvas FAQs

These are quick answers to questions that are regularly asked of us. If you want to find out how to something in Canvas then you may prefer our “How To” resources which are much more detailed and feature step by step instructions.

Make sure you check back here regularly as we add new questions.

 Context

How can I bulk delete files?

In the files area use one of the following methods:

  • Multiple files – Ctrl click to select multiple files, then click delete
  • Multiple sequential files – Shift click top file then bottom file, then click delete
  • All in a folder – Click one file then Ctrl+A (Cmd+A on Mac)

Bulk deleting options within Files?

Can I see my Canvas calendar in Google?

Yes, you can. Follow these instructions to pull your Canvas calendar into Google so you can view it alongside your RMIT calendar.

Can I create repeating events in the Canvas calendar?

Hypothetically Canvas allows instructors to create repeating events in the course calendar (not your personal calendar). However, at the time of writing this is an opt-in feature that has not yet been enabled in the RMIT instance.

How does Canvas relate to Project Rewire?

Canvas is the learning management system (LMS) that has been chosen to replace BlackBoard. The replacement of the LMS is a key component of Project Rewire. You can think of Project Rewire as the implementation project and Canvas as being the key product being implemented. You can find out more at the Project Rewire web site.

How do I find out what Canvas can do?

There is a thriving Canvas Community web site that gives you answers to most questions about Canvas.

For the College of Design and Social Context we will be building a set of resources focusing on the RMIT implementation of Canvas and, in particular the needs of the students and teachers in College specific disciplines. Check back to the Canvas sub-site regularly for updates.

How do I get started with Canvas?

The implementation strategy for Project Rewire is being managed by the Project Rewire team. You can find out more at the Project Rewire web site.

Some early adopters from across the University have been identified. These people are experienced users of BlackBoard and they are being given access to Canvas so that any issues can be identified and rectified prior to Canvas being made available more widely. If you want to be an early adopter and you are in the College of Design and Social Context then you should speaker with your Deputy Head, Learning and Teaching in your School.

If you ARE an Early Adopter, check out our How to get started with Canvas: first 5 steps resource.

If you want to see what Canvas is like without going into a testing and development environment then you can use Canvas for free at the Canvas web site. You should note that the exact look and feel of the University’s implementation of Canvas will look slightly different to the Canvas version but you will be able to get a good idea of the core features of Canvas at their web site.

 

 Roles & Responsibilities

Inactive tag in People page

If a student has a grey ‘inactive’ button next to their name in the People page it means they were enrolled but have since dropped the course. They’re still listed in the People section for auditing and record keeping, but they won’t appear in the Grades section.

Can I view my course as a student in Canvas?

Yes, you can. Settings > Student view.
However, note that this does not allow you to see an accurate view of section restrictions.

 Learning Activities & Content

Adding a link to a Youtube video

If you want to add a link to a Youtube video without generating a thumbnail video:

  1. Click the YouTube icon in the text editor
  2. Search for the desired video
  3. Click the down arrow next to the Embed button.
  4. Select Return Link
  5. Highlight link and select the link icon in the text editor
  6. Select the Disable Inline Previews for this Link box
  7. Click update link.

Can I import templates into my course?

Yes, you can. Canvas provides to all users access to Canvas Commons, a repository of learning objects that can be imported into any course shell. To learn more about Canvas Commons read our How to: Using Canvas Commons post.

 Feedback & Assessments

Assignments

How can I hide grades from students until I’ve finished marking?

In the Gradebook (Grades) you can mute a published assignment until you’re ready to release the grades to students. You currently can’t set it to automatically release on a specified date, it is a manual process. See ‘How do I mute or unmute an assignment in the Gradebook?‘ for further instructions.

In student view, the assignment appears as follows.

student view of muted assignment

Canvas assignments with multiple submission types

When you set up a Canvas Assignment to include more than one online submission type, only one of the files / link the students add are actually submitted. There’s no indication or message that not all the things they’ve added via the tabs have been submitted. Students can add multiple submissions, but they need to do this by ‘resubmitting’ the assignment, and then you can toggle between the different submissions in SpeedGrader.

Demonstration Screencast

 

Can I use Canvas rubrics with a TurnItIn assignment?

Yes. If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool > Turnitin. You can then use the Canvas rubric when grading in SpeedGrader.
This is very important if you wish to have Turnitin submissions but also wish to track learning outcomes/accreditation requirements/competency attainment using the Canvas Outcomes function.
Turnitin

How do I submit an assignment to Turnitin on a student’s behalf?

Using Canvas you must log in to the Turnitin interface to submit on behalf of a student. Here’s how.

1. Login to Turnitin

* go to: https://turnitin.com/login_page.asp
* create a new instructor account (if you do not already have one) and then login
NOTE: I used my email and a new password to create the account, which linked to my
Canvas course with Turnitin Assignment submission.

2. Click on the the name of your course

3. Under Actions for your assignment, click on view to view all assignments submitted

4. Click on Submit File

5. Select the student you are submitting on behalf of, details and select the file to upload

6. Select Upload to load the paper

Can I use Canvas rubrics with a TurnItIn assignment?

Yes. If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool > Turnitin. You can then use the Canvas rubric when grading in SpeedGrader.
This is very important if you wish to have Turnitin submissions but also wish to track learning outcomes/accreditation requirements/competency attainment using the Canvas Outcomes function.
Quizzes

Can a quiz be regraded after it has been completed?

Yes you can regrade the quiz for automated marking type questions (e.g.: multiple choice questions, true/false).
click on edit quiz -> Questions -> select the correct answer (thus changing it) -> click the green arrow on the top left corner of the hover window -> This will open the regrading options popup -> select your choice and update.

Does Canvas record when a student starts a quiz?

Yes it does but only when the course setting “Quiz log auditing” is switched on. Switch this on before you release a quiz. You can find do that by going to Settings->Feature Options->Quiz log auditing.

You can track student quiz attempts under the “Moderate this quiz” option on the quiz page.

 

Grades

How can I hide grades from students until I’ve finished marking?

In the Gradebook (Grades) you can mute a published assignment until you’re ready to release the grades to students. You currently can’t set it to automatically release on a specified date, it is a manual process. See ‘How do I mute or unmute an assignment in the Gradebook?‘ for further instructions.

In student view, the assignment appears as follows.

student view of muted assignment

 Communications

 

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