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Teaching Using Canvas: Managing Your Canvas Account

Managing Your Canvas Account

This section provides you with a variety of resource links to guide you in personalizing your Canvas user profile under the Account menu inside Canvas. The four Canvas Account menu items addressed here are Profile, NotificationsSettings, and MyMedia.

Note: The Canvas Account menu is the location for accessing your Files, ePortfolio, and Shared Content – visit the Canvas Online Guides for more information on these topics.

Canvas Account Profile Settings

Canvas profiles are a place where students can learn more about you. This is a good way to establish your online presence and serve as an information and connection point for students. Click on the following links for instructions on how to update your account Profile

How do I edit my profile in my user account as an instructor?

How do I select personal pronouns in my user account as an instructor?

Canvas User guide screen capture

Canvas Account Notifications

Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences which manage what notifications you can receive from your courses. However, you can change the default settings by setting your own notification preferences under the Account menu Notifications settings. These preferences only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users. 

Notifications are sent as one of four delivery types:

  • notify me right away,
  • daily summary,
  • weekly summary,
  • or don't send.

If you change a setting, the change is made immediately to your account. The Canvas Online Guides provide detailed directions for changing these settings on the How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor? page. To learn more about each notification, default settings, and notification triggers, view the Canvas Notifications PDF.

Please Note: There are two types of notifications settings in Canvas both managed in different locations – Account-level and Course-level settings. Account-level notifications apply to all courses and set under Account menu Notifications. Notifications for individual courses can be changed within each course and will override the Account-level notifications for that specific course. Learn more about managing notifications for a single course.

Canvas Account Settings

The Canvas Account menu Settings feature (those enabled by UW-System DLE services) allow you to make changes to your Canvas Account settings for things like your name, pronouns, secondary email, other methods of contact, and more. Additionally, Account menu Settings is where you can manage some Web Services associated with your Canvas account, and approved integrations in the UW-System Canvas DLE.

Canvas Online Guides include the follow – How do I change the settings in my user account as an instructor? 


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MyMedia Account

Accessing Kaltura MyMedia in Canvas

Users can access Kaltura MyMedia through their user account in Canvas from the global course navigation option. The first time you access Kaltura MyMedia you may be prompted to authorize Canvas to access your Kaltura account. If you are prompted to accept the terms of use, click Authorize.

Kaltura MyMedia serves as a digital media management system where you can upload your existing media content, create new media recordings, add captioning to your videos, and share media content inside your courses.

Online Resources for Using Kaltura (MyMedia) 

UW-System DLE Knowledge Base guides: