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Development Containers

You can create as many development courses as you would like. To create, while on your Dashboard in the lower right click the button "Start a new course." Give your development container a name and click "Create." 

Tier 1 Support - Canvas 24/7 Support

For assistance with basic questions such as how to add an assignment or create a group, you can reach out to Canvas support 24/7.

While in Canvas select Help at the bottom of the global navigation on the left, then choose either Canvas Support Hotline or Chat with Canvas Support.

Tier 2 Support - CSUSM Canvas Support

For more complicated questions such as which tool would best fit your needs or how to use a third party tool (like Turnitin), reach out to us directly at

Virtual Office Hours

We provide drop-in support in our virtual TRC via Zoom (meeting ID 296496061) Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

When you first enter you will be placed in a Waiting Room until someone is available to assist you. Once someone is available, we are limiting the sessions to 15 minutes if there is a queue. If the help will take longer than 15 minutes, we will put you in a breakout room and another person on the team will assist you.

Faculty Ambassadors for Canvas

Canvas Faculty Ambassadors provide an additional level of support to faculty new to Canvas. Faculty serving as Canvas Ambassadors are experienced with using Canvas for teaching and learning, offering one-on-one support to other CSUSM faculty through the summer via email or virtual meetings.

  • Virginia Arreola

    Department: Modern Language Studies

    Available: June 22-July 7; July 14-24; Aug 1-22

    Arease of Expertise: Course setup, creating modules, weighted categories, assignments, quizzes (graded/practice), discussions, Groups, Inbox, Calendar, Scheduler, Rich Content Editor (RCE), Files, Announcements, Course Homepage selection/customization, Canvas Syllabus, Importing Canvas Commons content, Rubrics, Gradebook, Speedgrader, Import/Export course content

  • Karson Bader

    Department: Physics

    Available: May 27-June15; Aug 1-30

    Arease of Expertise: Course design, course templates, creating assignment, basic html code, setting up announcements, quiz/test bank creation

  • Steven Cauchon

    Department: Political Science/Global Studies

    Available: June 1- Aug 26

    Arease of Expertise: I am more than able to assist with course setup and migration from Moodle, setting up forums and rubrics, creating assignments, addressing accessibility issues, and much more

  • Tracy Daly

    Department: Kinesiology

    Available: June 1-June 29; July 18-Aug 26

    Arease of Expertise: Basic course set up (setting up home page),  Announcements, attachments/files/course linking, adding in web links, setting up/adding modules (visibility/active/inactive), discussions, grading/gradebook (adding points, view, actions), setting up assignments/quizzes, messaging, calendar, ConferZoom, student view.

  • Jessica Gerez

    Department: School of Nursing

    Available: TBD                                

    Arease of Expertise: TBD

  • Laura Hoeger

    Department: Literature & Writing

    Available: June 1-30; July 1-10; July 16-30; Aug 20-22

    Arease of Expertise: Canvas has made my life teaching online so much easier, and I can't wait to show you how!  I have taught nearly 50 courses in Canvas over the past ten years.  I can help with making courses aesthetically pleasing, easy to follow and accessible (its easier than you think!).  I can help build assignments and create rubrics and show you all the shortcuts to use your content in future courses, including assignments and rubrics!  I will show you how to alter time limits for certain students who have accommodations, set modules to open automatically after students have progressed through certain content, publish and unpublish pages and assignments, set your home page, and display your PDF files automatically in the course.  I can help with navigating the gradebook, automatically applying zero for no submissions and late credit, and programming Canvas to automatically weight your assignments towards the final grade.  All this and many more! 

  • Janette Larson

    Department: LTWR

    Available: June 1-Aug 9; Aug 17-29

    Areas of Expertise: basic course setup, importing courses from a "sandbox" course, creating assignments, creating groups for forums and assignments, integrating Turn-it-in , setting up a home page (other than default), making a clickable button using HTML, using Canvas feedback tools for giving feedback in assignments, setting up Peer Reviews, loading rubrics.

  • Jessie Kosorok Mellor

    Department: FYP and HD

    Available: Between June 24th and August 5th, and August 15th.

    Areas of Expertise: I can teach how to import, do basic course set up, page set up, linking modules to icons for a personalized class homepage – how to embed google links or share drive links so you can just update one place for multiple courses, and other neat tricks like notifications from the grade book and how to set up a dropped quiz, making sure assignments are the correct points or setting them as extra credit, how to tell what is hidden/not, how to add proper tags to images etc. for ADA

  • Elizabeth Nash

    Department: Political Science & Global Studies                          

    Available: June 22-July 7; July14-24; Aug 1-22

    Arease of Expertise: Basic course setup; setting up communication tools (announcements, home page, content pages, messaging etc.); creating assessments (discussions, assignments, quizzes, surveys etc.), accessibility, basic rich content editing, developing online presence through videos

  • Mary Roche


    Available: TBD

    Arease of Expertise: TBD

  • Jolie Van Schoik

    Department: Human Development

    Available: All Summer

    Arease of Expertise: Using and setting up announcements, making short video quizzes with YouTube videos, using the accessibility checker, using alt text, I would say that I’m most helpful in humanities and social sciences and less for math and science witch might use different programs although I could help with the basic course set up

Canvas Guides and Video Resources

CSUSM Specific Canvas Guides