Canvas FAQ for Teachers

 

Course Management

How do I reuse course materials?
To reuse course materials, simply import contents to the current semester course site by following the steps at "How do I copy content from another Canvas course?".

How do I customize course layout?
Items in the Course Navigation menu can be reordered and hidden from students. See "How do I manage Course Navigation links?" for details.

The default Home Page (entry page) in Canvas course is Course Activity Stream. One may change the Home Page to Course Modules, Syllabus, Assignment List, Pages Front Page by clicking the button "Choose Home Page". Please view Canvas instruction "How do I change the Course Home Page?".

How do I hide all the items from students after course completion?
With regards to Canvas instruction "How do I manage Course Navigation links?", you can hide all Course Navigation items (except Home).

How can I access courses from previous semesters
Under "Courses", they can be seen under "Past Enrollments" after clicking "All Courses" for all users.

Why can I read, but not edit, Canvas courses from previous semesters?
Canvas courses have "Terms" which give a default set of start and end dates to any course assigned. After the end of term, you can read but not edit the courses (i.e. contents, grades).

If the current term course site will need to be edited after the end of term, please visit Settings of your course site, select Participation: Course and specify a later date in End field (see screen capture see screen capture ).

If you are unable to set the end date, please contact us (elearn@cityu.edu.hk or 3442-6727) for support.

Announcements

Would my students receive email notifications of announcement from Canvas course?
Email notifications of the announcement (including body message) will be sent to students after creating announcement in published course. The default notification option "Announcement" for each user is ASAP. You can check your own notification preferences (Settings from top right panel > Notifications).

However, please note that students can modify their own notification preferences as shown in Canvas instruction "How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?".

To ensure information being sent to students via email, you are advised to use Class List in AIMS.

Why can't I receive an email after I posted announcement in Canvas?
The default notification option for Announcement Created By You is blank (Emailed never) so you won't be able to receive any email notification after creating announcement in Canvas course.

To receive your own copy of the email notification, please modify notification option for Announcement Created By You from Canvas instruction "How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor?".

Assignments

What is file size limit of assignment submission?
Assignment with "File Uploads" will not accept file larger than 5GB while "Media Uploads" will not accept media file larger than 500MB.

Turnitin Assignments

What is file size limit of Turnitin submission?
If an assignment is set to allow any file type, Turnitin will accept any file:
  • that is less than 100MB;
  • that has a minimum of 20 words; and
  • that is less than 800 pages.
(refer to Turnitin LTI Instructor Guide / Canvas Plagiarism Framework)

Which file types are acceptable for checking plagiarism?
Turnitin accepts the following file formats (refer to Turnitin LTI Instructor Guide / Canvas Plagiarism Framework):

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  • WordPerfect® (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • HTML
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
  • Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Adobe® PDF

What do the colors in the Turnitin icon mean?
Color coding for Turnitin enabled assignment in Grades: blue (no matching words) / green (one matching word - 24% similarity index) / yellow (25-49% similarity index) / orange (50-74% similarity index) / red (75-100% similarity index) /gray (File is still being processed OR report had not been generated with warning)
Color coding for Turnitin enabled assignment in Gradesclick to view color coding
  • blue (no matching words)
  • green (one matching word - 24% similarity index)
  • yellow (25-49% similarity index)
  • orange (50-74% similarity index)
  • red (75-100% similarity index)
  • gray (File is still being processed OR report had not been generated with warning)

Discussion

Would my students be able to attach files in discussion?
In default setting, students cannot attach document files directly in a discussion. To enable attachment feature for students,
1) Click "Settings" from left Course Navigation;
2) On tab "Course details", click on "more options" at the bottom of the page;
3) Tick the option box Let students attach files to discussions;
4) Click button "Update course details".

Quizzes / Surveys

How can I duplicate quiz/survey in the same course?
You can copy quiz/survey by using "Import content into this course" in Settings (Canvas instruction "How do I copy content from another Canvas course?").

Please note the following steps in "Import content" (see screen capture see screen capture):
1) Choose "Select specific content", not "All content";
2) Tick "Adjust events and due dates", choose "Remove dates" in "Date adjustment";
3) After clicking blue button "Import" then button "Select content" in Canvas, tick the specific quiz/survey and submit on the popup.

The quiz/survey will be duplicated with same name in the Quizzes area. Please contact us (elearn@cityu.edu.hk or 3442-6727) if you have any issue carrying this task.

Groups

How can I access group homepage?

How do I copy the group member list from a group?
On a group homepage (refer to the previous question's solution), click "People" and a list of members in the group would be shown. You can copy the list of group members for record.

I do not prefer students to have the privilege in creating groups. How can I disable this feature?
In Canvas course,
1) Click "Settings" from left Course Navigation;
2) On tab "Course details", click on "more options" at the bottom of the page;
3) Remove the "tick" in the option box Let Students organise their own groups;
4) Click button "Update course details".