Tips for Instructors for a Better Canvas Experience

  1. Be sure to access the Canvas Instructor Training Course, designed to get you started with Canvas, and access the Canvas Video Guides for quick help on specifics. Check out ODL’s Canvas Support Center for additional support articles.
  2. Set up your notifications, and be sure to encourage your students to do this also.
  3. Publish, publish, publish. You must publish pages, modules, assignments, quizzes, discussion items, and the course itself before it is ready for students to use. A green circle with a white checkmark indicates an item is published; a gray circle with a line through it indicates an unpublished item. Consult our article on course access for additional information on student access.
  4. Always use Student View when your course site is ready. This will show you exactly what students will see and what they won’t see when they access your course site.
  5. Avoid being a Canvas troubleshooter. Show the students the help menu in Canvas. Be sure they submit a ticket to ODL Technical Support when they have Canvas questions. 
  6. We suggest you and your students use Chrome or Firefox and not IE or Edge, even though they are on the Canvas supported browser list.
  7. Canvas discussion boards do not have the same forum features you may be used to. Learn how to set up a discussion board forum on a Canvas page as a workaround.
  8. Sign up for training to learn about Canvas quizzes, grading, and more!
  9. Subscribe to our opt-in mailing lists to stay up-to-date on all things Canvas and to help improve Canvas for our FSU community!
  10. Use the OneSearch: Curriculum Builder tool to create reading lists and provide students with direct access to FSU library resources in your Canvas site.