Canvas: Overview

This self-help guide takes you through the basic process of building a Canvas course site from the ground up, starting with creating and linking content, building assessments, and choosing final course settings. NOTE: If you are migrating a course from Moodle, see the Canvas Transition: Migrate a Course from Moodle to Canvas Self-Help Guide: z.umn.edu/migrate2canvas.

Understand Canvas

Control What your Students See in Canvas

Canvas has two levels of content, the course level and the content item level. Students will see nothing if you do not Publish the course. Individual content items also need to be Published before students can see those.

If you want to hide items from students, even while a course is Published and visible, you can leave the items Unpublished. This allows you greater control of what your students can see and when.

Update Canvas Profile Settings

Get Ready to Work in Canvas

Use Templates

Migrate from Moodle