Canvas Simple Quick Start Guide
Anxious about using Canvas for the first time or worried there just isn’t enough time
to get ready?
Just keep it SIMPLE:
Insert your Syllabus.
Personalize your course.
- Add a profile picture and short bio
- If you used a template, to personalize your course follow the “Editing the CSUSM Canvas Template” PDF included in the template. Keep in mind the template is just a starting point, it is not set in stone. Feel free to edit, delete, unpublish anything in it!
- If you didn’t use a template, choose a Home Page. If you wish to create a custom homepage, first create a page. Add text, images, links, etc. using the Rich Content Editor. Then, set it as the Front Page. Finally, choose set it as your Home Page.
Let students access the course by publishing your course.
During this transition time, keep your expectations manageable and your course simple. Remember that course development is a continual process. Just as you would not task your students with too much at all once to avoid cognitive overload, give yourself permission to focus on a simple beginning this semester.