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Teaching Using Canvas: Canvas Basics

How to Log Into Canvas

  1. Using one of the recommended web browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) navigate to the Learn@UW-Superior web page.
  2. Locate the large Canvas Login button on the page and select it.
  3. At the login prompt select the UW-Superior campus from the list of choices on the drop-down menu.
  4. Using your regular UW-Superior login credentials, follow the prompts to continue the login process, including dual authentication. This will log you into Canvas, where you'll start at the Canvas Dashboard.
  5. Select your course card tile to open the course in the browser.
 

Courses assigned to you—either for instructional purposes or professional development—often will appear automatically on your Dashboard. However, the Dashboard is designed to show a preferred subset of your bookmarked courses, so some of your course enrollments may not appear on the Dashboard.

To see all of your Canvas enrollments, select the Courses menu in the left navigation column, then select the All Courses link at the bottom of the Courses panel. You can select the star icon next to the courses in this list to add them to your Canvas Dashboard.

How to Locate and Identify Courses in Canvas

The Canvas Dashboard is intended to show your favorite or most-used courses in a grid layout, with each course represented by a Course Card Tile. If you teach the same courses from term to term you will likely have several Course Card Tiles with the exact same title. Some of these may have the same Course Code as well. This can make differentiating Canvas courses difficult.

To identify a Canvas course, look for the correct combination of Course NameCourse Code, and Term on the tile. The course number will help you distinguish between multiple sections of the same course or between lectures and labs. In the screenshot shown at right, SUP SPR 2020 indicates the UW-Superior Spring 2020 term.

If your current active courses do not appear on your Dashboard—or any Canvas course appears to be missing—remember to check the All Courses page linked from the Courses menu.

Canvas courses are created automatically by eHive 50 days out from the start of the course. Instructors assigned in eHive and enrolled students will be added to the course at that time. Courses will be created for all offerings on the class schedule and can be left blank if not needed for your site-based courses.

 

How to Configure Your Canvas Course for Live Lecture

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Locate the course you will be delivering in a Live Lecture format and open the course.
    If your course is empty, consider adding a module with a Course Information page that provides students with basic directions about how to utilize your Canvas courses.
  3. Add the Collaborate Ultra web conferencing feature to your course navigation menu. If Collaborate Ultra is not already listed in your Navigation menu:
    1. Select Settings in the course navigation menu.
    2. Select the Navigation tab from the top of the Settings panel.
    3. Locate the Collaborate Ultra navigation menu item in the lower list of hidden navigation menu items.
    4. Enable Collaborate Ultra. You can do this in on of two ways:
      • Click and drag the Collaborate Ultra link to the upper list.
      • Click the three-dots Edit Course Navigation button to the right of the link and then select Enable.
  4. Return to your course homepage to confirm the link for Collaborate Ultra is listed in the course navigation menu.

 

Please Note: As of spring 2020 Zoom has also been integrated int our Canvas LMS as an additional web conferencing application and can be enabled into your course following the steps outlined above.

How to Setup Zoom in Canvas

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Locate the course you will be using Zoom to deliver Live Lecture or Zoom recorded content and open that course.
    If your course is empty, consider adding a module with a Course Information page that provides students with basic directions about how to utilize your Canvas courses.
  3. Add the Zoom web conferencing feature to your course navigation menu. If Collaborate Ultra is not already listed in your Navigation menu:
    1. Select Settings in the course navigation menu.
    2. Select the Navigation tab from the top of the Settings panel.
    3. Locate the Zoom navigation menu item in the lower list of hidden navigation menu items.
    4. Enable Zoom. You can do this in one of two ways:
      • Click and drag the Zoom link to the upper list.
      • Click the three-dots Edit Course Navigation button to the right of the link and then select Enable.
    5. Save these changes at the bottom of the page before leaving the Navigation tab.
  4. Return to your course homepage to confirm the link for Zoom is listed in the course navigation menu.

How to Use Collaborate Ultra in Canvas for Live Lecture

Access Collaborate Ultra in Your Canvas Course

  1. Log into Canvas.
  2. Locate your course on the Canvas Dashboard.
  3. Open your Canvas course.
  4. Select Collaborate Ultra from the left navigation menu.

Configure Collaborate Ultra for Live Lecture

Upon opening Collaborate Ultra you should see an open Course Room listed under the black Sessions header. The room's name should match the name of your course. Click on your Course Room to open it as a Collaborate Ultra session.

The Collaborate Ultra application will prompt you regarding your preferred webcam and microphone settings. Your microphone and camera will generally be turned off when you open a Collaborate Ultra room. You will need to turn them on to start your webcast. You can turn toggle your webcam visibility or mute your microphone as needed.

Collaboration Menu and Session Menu

The Collaborate Ultra application utilizes two menu panels. The Collaboration menu features tools for interacting with students in your Collaborate Ultra room. The Session Menu allows the instructor to moderate and record room activity.

Collaboration Menu:

  • Chat
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing

Session Menu:

  • Record
  • Phone Dial-In Settings
  • Audio Settings
  • Help
  • Exit and End Session


Continue to Part Five: Canvas Online Resources by Topic