Tester Canvas

Canvas Open to PAU Faculty

Canvas is now open for Faculty access as of May 9, 2016!

See below for how to login to Canvas.

Courses for the summer 2016 term, with a few exceptions, have been converted and migrated to Canvas and should appear in your account when you login if you had asked Glenn to transfer your summer course over to Canvas.The exceptions are being manually converted right now and should appear in your Canvas account in a few days.

The conversion process went ok, but it is by no means perfect.

We ask that you or your TA check the course and make adjustments to it to get it into shape for teaching using the course in the summer term. We can help you with that process, but it’s also a perfect opportunity for you to learn how Canvas works. (See below for more on Canvas training.)

If you had a course converted for the summer term, you’ll see that converted course in your Canvas account, but that is not the final course that you will use to teach the summer term with, as it does not have the correct course number on it.

The converted course, also known as the migrated course, will say “migrated courses” below the course number.

You’ll also see  an empty course shell, and that course will have the section number after the course number.

See the screenshot below to see how they look in Canvas.

You’ll need to copy that migrated course over into the course shell. Here is a brief tutorial on how to do that: https://pau.techsmithrelay.com/lmhY

You can do that copying immediately or you can inspect and work on the converted course and then copy it over into the course shell when you have finished tidying up the converted course.

In the future, you’ll occasionally be copying more courses, so this is a good first lesson to develop this skill in copying.

If you are teaching this summer and wanted just an empty course shell, you’ll see that in your Canvas account along with another blank course. That “sandbox” course is for you to use as a place to practice as you learn how to build courses in Canvas.

If you are not teaching this summer or if you did not ask Glenn to convert a course for you, you’ll see only a blank course. That “sandbox” course is for you to use as a place to practice as you learn how to build courses in Canvas.

If you are teaching this summer and you don’t see your converted course or a course shell in Canvas, please contact us at canvashelp@paloaltou.edu

And if you don’t see your sandbox course in Canvas, please contact us at canvashelp@paloaltou.edu

So, if you are teaching this summer and you have a converted course, you can work on that course to get it into shape and then copy it to the final course shell, or you can copy it over immediately and work on the final course.

Inspect it first, and maybe check with us at canvashelp@paloaltou.edu to see which is best for you, to copy first or to work on the converted course first. In general, if you think that you might want that converted course to serve as a kind of master course, you might want to work on it first, then copy, but for most faculty, the best thing is to simply copy it over to the blank course shell immediately and then work on the final course that has the correct course number.

Logging into Canvas

To access your Canvas courses, you can login through OneLogin at https://paloaltou.onelogin.com/login and then click the Canvas app icon.

Or you can simply go to https://paloaltou.instructure.com and it will bring up the OneLogin screen to log in.

Getting Help with Canvas

The very best way to get help with Canvas is simply to click on the Help icon inside Canvas. It’s always on the lower left inside Canvas, just scroll down a bit at any time when you’re in Canvas, and you’ll see the Question Mark inside a circle and the word Help:

Click on that Help icon and you’ll see several links.

One of them is Report a Problem, and if you click on that you’ll be able to describe a problem or question that you have about Canvas, such as “How do I weight grading groups in the gradebook?” or “How do I create a YouTube link?” or “Something seems to be wrong with my assignment, it’s not visible to my students”.

The folks at Canvas will help you out, in many cases they will send you a link to a Guide webpage that will show you how to do what you need to do, or they will solve the problem, or they will refer the problem back to PAU if they cannot solve it.

You will also be able to talk with someone on the phone -- that phone number will also appear in the Help list after you click on the Help icon (They are still setting up their phone help for PAU to make sure they can answer PAU-related questions properly, so you may not see the phone number there until a few days from now).

The folks at Canvas are the experts on Canvas, and in most cases they will be able to help you or solve your problem, but if you need further or more extensive help or if you need help or guidance with something that is specific to the way we do things at PAU, then you can email us at: canvashelp@paloaltou.edu

That email, canvashelp@paloaltou.edu , goes to Glenn Saito and Scott Hines at PAU and we are always happy to help out.

The very best way to get help fast, though, is to use that Help icon inside Canvas, as they answer your queries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they are expert in helping with Canvas and in solving problems that might pop up with Canvas.

Inside the Help icon you’ll also see a link to Search the Canvas Guides and Ask the Canvas Community.

These take you to a fantastic resource which is the “Canvas Community”.

Here is a direct link to the Canvas Community:


This is the community of Canvas users along with the experts who work for Canvas, and at those sites you’ll find all of the Guides and Videos for learning how to use Canvas (see below for info on training and learning how to use Canvas -- PAU is providing customized training and learning for you, so you will not need to use the training that is listed there in the “Canvas Training” section) as well as a search box for searching for answers to specific questions and a way to join the Canvas Community so that you can also contribute ideas and knowledge and answers to the Community.

Searching for help there in the Canvas Community can often get you a quick answer to a question, and that’s the way that we have been learning a lot about Canvas, because their answers and guides and videos are really excellent.

But if the Community and “Answers” there on that website do not give you the information or help that you need, you can always go back to the Help icon and “Report a Problem” or call the Canvas Support using the phone number there.

Here at PAU, the Director of Learning & Development for faculty, Kristel Nazzal, Ph.D., will also be working with our own community of faculty to share ideas and help each other to use Canvas and other teaching tools creatively and effectively.

Canvas Training for PAU Faculty

Self-paced training: Videos and Guides

The most flexible and easiest way to learn how to set up your courses and get the most out of Canvas is to take advantage of the excellent videos and text-and-image-based guides that are produced by the folks at Instructure, the company that makes Canvas.

Here is the main website where you’ll find the guides and video guides:


Using the videos as your primary means of learning allows you to go at your own pace, stopping to try things in Canvas then moving on when you're ready.

It also allows you to learn whenever you like without the need to show up at a set time for a training session.

If you would prefer to attend a live training session with an instructor, either online or in person, see below for a schedule of training sessions.

But for flexibility and convenience, the recorded videos or the printed guides (see below) are the way to go.

To begin, you can watch the videos for All Users, which introduce you to Canvas and the way that Canvas looks and feels (the Canvas “Interface”) and to the various ways to access Canvas on mobile devices.

Here are those videos:


And here are the introductory written guides for instructors:


The Guides and the videos contain the same information, it’s really up to you how you prefer to learn, through videos, through written guides that also contain step-by-step screenshots, or a combination of the two (and there is also live customized training through PAU -- see below for that schedule)

If you take the video route, here is a list of all of their videos for instructors:


We recommend that you focus on the following videos first:

Canvas Interface Overview (Instructors)

Courses: Creation and Management (Instructors)

Course Settings (Instructors)

Course Layout: Customization (Instructors)

Syllabus Overview (Instructors)

Pages: Creation and Management (Instructors)

Modules: Creation and Management (Instructors)

Assignments Overview (Instructors)

Assignment Creation (Instructors)

Calendar Overview (Instructors)

Files: Add Course Content (Instructors)

Gradebook Overview (Instructors)

Quiz Creation: Settings (Instructors)

Quiz Creation: Questions (Instructors)

Speedgrader Overview (Instructors) (many of you are going to love this)

Then proceed on to any other areas that you might be interested in delving into.

If you prefer to learn by reading text augmented by step-by-step screenshots, you can use the "Guides" rather than the videos:

We will also be offering a course and a video which is a quick introduction to Canvas -- see below for the schedule of these introductory courses.

And to get you started, inside a blank course, Canvas also presents to you a step-by-step list of things to do when you first start to build a course, and you'll see that when you enter an empty course shell if you are interested in building your courses from scratch to get the best quality course in Canvas. We will also be introducing you to a template that will help you to build courses with good organization and good elements of engagement, especially for online courses, but also for on-the-ground courses.

In addition, to familiarize yourself with differences between Pearson and Canvas, please see the following link that compares tools from both systems:

Live instructor-led webinars and on-campus training sessions

The very best and most convenient way to learn about how to use Canvas is through the Guides and Videos, but we will also be offering live instructor-led webinars and on-campus training sessions.

The first of these will be an on-campus training session that will be held on the Arastradero Campus on Wednesday May 11, 8:30-3:30, on the 3rd floor of Building 3.

You may have already seen the email about that session, but if not, email knazzal@paloaltou.edu to sign up to attend that session.

Another of these will be an on-campus training session that will be held on the Arastradero Campus on Monday June 13, 12:00-1:30, on the 3rd floor of Building 3 in Classroom 1.

PPlease email Scott Hines at shines@paloaltou.edu if you would like to attend the June 13 on-campus Canvas training session.

Additional webinars and on-campus sessions at the various campuses will also be held, but we need your input on when the best times for those would be.

We’ll be offering a 20-minute introduction to Canvas to get you oriented, as well as longer sessions on specific topics.

Please email Scott Hines at shines@paloaltou.edu and give him your input about days and times that you would like to do webinar or on-campus training and he will work out a schedule of these trainings to offer in the next few weeks and months.

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