Teaching with Canvas

Canvas Information for Faculty/Staff

Canvas Information for Faculty/Staff

Access Canvas https://www.morgan.edu/Canvas, https://morganstate.instructure.com or find the link under MyMSU or Quicklinks at the top of the Morgan website.

Need Help using Canvas? Canvas support is available to you 24/7/365! The following are also accessible after you log into Canvas and click HELP. 

Emergency Remote Teaching: March 2020

1. Canvas Basics Video -- demonstrates how to quickly set up your course for Emergency Remote Teaching

2. The Canvas Faculty Information Hub.  This is the best place to get very detailed instructions for using Canvas.  There is also 24/7x365 Canvas support available to faculty, staff, and students; call them to ask ANY Canvas related questions.

3. Checklist for Teaching Remotely with Canvas

  • Upload your Syllabus to the Syllabus menu area of your Canvas course
  • Create modules -- one for each week of your course
  • Add and or Create Content Resources, add to modules
  • Add Assignments to modules making sure to use the DATES feature
  • Add Quizzes to modules, also using the DATES features
  • Use the HELP button for any questions for using Canvas. Available 24/7x365
  • Communicate with Students with Announcements and Inbox
  • Use Web Conferencing to meet in person with students
  • Plan Ahead by communicating with students, the following:
    • Plans for your course, such as the features you will use.
    • Communication expectations-- response times, grading turn-around times, web conferencing plans, other expectations
    • Structure of your course
    • Stay in touch each day with announcements
    • Encourage students to use the Canvas app (iOS and Android)

decorative image Canvas Faculty Information HubComplete Instructions: Videos and Written tutorials for EVERYTHING CANVAS.  Quick Start Tutorial!

Recommended Browsers: Chrome, Firefox or Safari. DO NOT USE Edge or Internet Explorer. See more browser information.

Information & Requests:

Review DIT Canvas Procedures: This document highlights DIT's procedures for Canvas account creation, course enrollment, sub-account administration, and faculty/student disputes.

Merge (Cross-list) Request: Crosslisting allows you to combine section enrollments into one course. 

Roster Verification -- Removing -- Concluding Course Enrollments  from your Canvas course:

Canvas is set to NEVER drop student and/or faculty enrollments.  ATS will not remove (or add) students/instructors from courses; students who have dropped are advised to contact you for removal from the course.

To remove a student/instructor from your course, follow the instructions to CONCLUDE the student.  If needed, you will be able to restore a student who has been "concluded."  Any grades and assignment submissions will remain in the course. 

Training Opportunities:  Faculty Canvas Information Hub

decorative image Quick Start: Canvas basics. Learn just enough to get you started.

Complete Instructions: Videos and Written tutorials for EVERYTHING CANVAS.

Canvas Updates & Release Notes are shared in our Canvas Faculty Information HUB!

Join the Hub


Respondus Lockdown Browser & Respondus Test Creation Software: Instructions are via our Respondus "course" in Canvas.  Use this link to access and enroll yourself.  The link to the student software download is found via the Canvas HELP button.  Also, see the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Test Creation Software web pages.

NOTE: Lockdown Browser/Monitor cannot be used on Chromebooks.

How-to Videos & Instructions: 

Get Started with Canvas:

Join the Canvas Faculty Information Hub for EVERYTHING Canvas

How to Import a Blackboard Archive into Canvas (video)

How to Import a Morgan State Course Template from the Canvas Commons. (Video)

How to Import a Course from your GROUP in the Canvas Commons: use this option if your department has shared a "Master Course" to the Canvas Commons.

How to Copy your Canvas course content to a different Canvas Course (for example, copy course content from one semester to another).

Turnitin Feedback Studio - Plagiarism and ETS Grammar-Check Tool. 

FlipGrid: Video-based discussions.  Getting Started Guide  || Adding a FlipGrid to your Canvas Course

Instructions for 3rd Party Material:

Credo- Credo resources can be added to a Canvas assignment or directly into a module. To add a video/resource, follow these instructionsThe URL links you will need to use are in this spreadsheet.  The links you need are highlighted in green.  Find Credo Insight instructions here.


Instructions for using Publisher's Material:

Cengage - Mindtap  ||   CSE_PUb  ||  Elsevier  ||  McGraw Hill  ||  Pearson  ||  WileyPlus  || W.W. Norton  ||  Vista - Live Language

Sign up for Faculty Training

Training Schedule  & Registration  - Click on the workshop you want and register.  Self-Paced Workshops: Read Descriptions and Enroll.