F.A.Q.

Can you provide a Canvas overview for us at our department/faculty meeting?

  • Absolutely! We’d love to give a Canvas overview at your department meeting. We’d be happy to tailor our training if there are specific Canvas features and/or functionalities you’d like to us to cover.
  • Click here to request a departmental training.

Is there a recommended browser for Canvas?

Canvas is accessible with any Web-standard browser, including the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Respondus Lockdown Browser. See this Canvas guide on supported browsers for more information about operating system, browser and device requirements.

Does Canvas provide a secured testing environment?

Is there a mobile app for Canvas that we can use?

Students and faculty can download the Apple iOS Canvas App for iPhone and iPad or Android Canvas App. See the Canvas Mobile App Guide for more information. Faculty can also download the SpeedGrader App for iPad or SpeedGrader App for Android. See the SpeedGrader Mobile App Guide for more information.

What happened to Turnitin? What is VeriCite?

  • As a cost-saving strategy, APU replaced Turnitin with VeriCite, a reliable, easy-to-use, low-cost originality checking service with the migration to Canvas.
  • VeriCite is seamlessly integrated into Canvas, allowing faculty to verify originality for any assignments submitted through Canvas.
  • All APU data in Turnitin will be ingested into VeriCite's database, so there will be no gaps in the detection.
  • Click here for instructions on how to use Vericite.

Are there example Canvas courses I can look at to get ideas of how courses are built?

While ITT recommends using one of the course templates provided, faculty are welcome to view exemplar courses submitted to the Canvas community for ideas and inspiration. You can take a look to get ideas of how others have used Canvas to build their course. You can also refer to this Course Evaluation Checklist to ensure your course meets and exceeds design and pedagogical best practices.

What are the key features of Canvas?

Canvas has all the features of a modern learning management system, including the ability to accept and grade assignments, conduct discussions in forums, administer quizzes and exams, store and organize course resources, communicate with students, etc. Canvas has multiple grading tools including rubrics, audio/video feedback and a dedicated grading app. Students can access course materials, view course calendars, to do lists and set their own preferences to receive notifications on their mobile devices. Click here to see a feature comparison between Canvas and Sakai.

What are the accessibility features in Canvas?

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a tool used to evaluate Canvas' conformance with Section 508 accessibility standards. View the Canvas Voluntary Product Accessibility Template and guide on Accessibility within Canvas for information on screen readers, browsers, keyboard shortcuts, and accessibility within specific Canvas features.

What can I do now to learn more about Canvas?

Canvas provides extensive user support resources including video tutorials, how-to guides and documentation, and instructor training courses. Canvas hosts a number of Community Forums for reviewing answers to previously asked questions, posting new questions, and voting up enhancement requests.

What does Canvas offer?

Collaboration and content creation for students and faculty:

  • Allow students to create and comment on pages
  • Set up video-based web conferences instantly
  • Submit and grade group projects easily
  • Record videos and audio via webcam

Writing assignments:

  • Assign papers and readings easily
  • View Word and PDF submissions directly in the grading interface
  • Create a rubric for added grading speed
  • Let students grade peers using rubrics

Efficient workflows:

  • Bulk upload and download through drag and drop, selection or zip
  • See assignments and other items that need your attention on the Dashboard
  • Receive notifications via email, text, or in your calendar

How do I enter final grades in Canvas?

  • Beginning fall 2019, final grade submissions will be available within Canvas. Once final grades are finalized in Canvas, they will pass through to PeopleSoft, eliminating the double-entry process currently used. More information will be provided later.

When are final grades due?

  • The Registrar determines when final grades are due (see calendar). Typically, final grades are due one week after the end of the term. Canvas courses conclude one day after final grades are due.