Frequently Asked Questions about Canvas@UDFor instructors
How do the Canvas tools compare with those in Sakai?
Canvas allows both instructors and students to integrate common social media programs such as Facebook and Twitter into their coursework. Multimedia items such as videos and audio recordings can be easily incorporated into content and student assignment submissions. Check the list of tools offered by each learning management system.How can I add other instructors to my Canvas course?
All instructors listed in and students registered for the UDSIS course sections requested by the instructor will have access to a Canvas course. The list is updated daily. Instructors can give access to others manually.How do I add students to my Canvas course?
When you request a Canvas@UD course, you will be asked which course sections should have access to it. You can see which sections will be included by selecting Settings on the left > Sections tab.
Your course must be published for students to have access. You can prevent students from viewing a published course by editing the dates using Settings > Course Details tab, changing the starting date and checking Only instructors can participate in the course between these dates.When do students have access to Canvas courses?
Approximately two weeks before the start of classes, students will be added based on the sections in Settings. During the semester, student rosters are updated daily to allow for students dropping and adding course sections.
Students may not necessarily receive invitations to your published Canvas course. They can go to http://www.udel.edu/canvas, log on using their UDelNet ID and password and select Accept if they see the notice to join a published course.Can I copy content from a Canvas course from a previous semester?
Instructors can replicate all or some of the files, pages and tool content from one course to another. They must have access to both the original course and the course to which the information is being copied.Can I receive messages such can Conversations and Announcements without logging in to Canvas?
Users can specify where they will see notices by customizing their Notifications.Can I copy Resources from a Sakai course to a Canvas course?
Use WebDAV to download files from Sakai to a local folder using Windows or a Mac, then upload them to Canvas by dragging and dropping the files into Canvas from your computer. However, sometimes too many files can cause problems. If you have more than 50 files, try zipping the files and uploading the zip file into your course.
We are developing procedures to move quizzes from Sakai to Canvas. Contact the IT Support Center for assistance.
I just changed my classes, when will I get access to my new course sites?
UD's learning management systems sync with UDSIS enrollments overnight. If you are officially registered, that registration usually is reflected in granting you access the next morning. This can extend to the morning after if you registered later in the day, after the UDSIS roster extract process.
Before contacting the IT Support Center, consider the following:
- Double-check in UDSIS to see if the class is officially on your schedule. Note the course number and section.
- Your new class might be on Sakai, Canvas, or might not be using a learning management system at all. Check the current Sakai@UD and Canvas@UD course list.
- If you need access today, contact your instructor and ask them to add you to their course site manually.
If you have been registered for more than 2 days and still don't have access, contact the IT Support Center.
Student Access to Fall 2015 Courses
STUDENTS: Student rosters will be loaded to summer semester's Canvas sites on Tuesday, August 18th. New students should verify that their UDelNet account is active. Most instructors will give you access to your sites during the first week of class (starting September 1st).
- INSTRUCTORS: Instructors can prevent students from viewing a Canvas course site by leaving their site unpublished. When the course is ready, remember to publish it.
Fall 2015 courses
Instructors can request Fall 2015 course sites. Please allow five business days for courses to be processed. Once created, you can copy content from previous Canvas sites in Settings > Import content into this course.
IT Academic Technology Services staff is always available at the Faculty Commons (116 Pearson Hall) to help you decide between the different options supported at UD.