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Canvas Simple Quick Start Guide

Anxious about using Canvas for the first time or worried there just isn’t enough time to get ready?
Don’t panic!  

Just keep it SIMPLE:


Start by
importing a CSUSM template and/or import content from a previous course.


Insert your


Minimize the scope: focus on just the first two weeks and unpublish everything else.


Personalize your course.


Let students access the course by
publishing your course.


Engage your students by
sending an announcement welcoming them to the 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.


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