Canvas is the content management system that Indiana University utilizes to run its courses and can also be found via One.IU. You should utilize Canvas to post readings, distribute files and documents, create assignments and exams, and provide grades to students. Whether you are teaching on campus or via distance learning, you will primarily utilize Canvas as your platform for instruction, grading, and course content management.
It is recommended that you set up your entire Canvas site before the class starts. A full course set-up in Canvas normally includes a minimum of the following:
- Pasting your syllabus into the “Syllabus” section of Canvas
- Creating and publishing the assignments for the course
- Hitting the “publish” button within Canvas for the course
Students rely upon Canvas and the information therein to track their progress in a course. You should always keep your Canvas site as up-to-date as possible. This includes providing grades and feedback promptly (see more information about grades).
IMPORTANT NOTE ON GRADES: The default settings in Canvas are to keep the grades of assignments hidden until you manually release them to all students. On the Grades page, you can see each assignment you have created. At the top of the Grades grid, you will see the assignment’s point total, as well as an icon that lets you know if grades have been posted. An eyeball icon with a slash through it indicates that students are not yet able to view that grade. To make that assignment visible, click on the three dots in the assignment, then select “Post Grades” to release the grades to students.
Before being able to access Canvas, you will need to have completed your employee onboarding and been entered into the computer system by Human Resources.
You can access your old recordings of class sessions on Zoom, as well as upload video materials, by utilizing Kaltura at IU.
This video may help explain aspects of Canvas, Zoom, and Kaltura. If you have additional questions about their functionality, contact Galen Clavio (firstname.lastname@example.org), director of undergraduate studies. If you have technical issues with any of the services, contact UITS Support.