Workshops and Consultations

Collaborating in Groups

Canvas allows you create a workspace to collaborate with other students in your courses on projects or group assignments. Through this group workspace, you can post announcements, create pages, post discussions, chat in real-time, and upload files.

Creating a Group

  • Navigate to the course’s homepage.
  • Select People in the left panel.
  • Select View Student Groups from the right-hand sidebar. You will be directed to a page displaying all current student groups.
  • Click on Start a New Group in the right sidebar to view the Make a New Group interface.
  • Select the members you would like in your group.
  • Click Create Group when you are finished.
Note that a self-organized group cannot be used for grading. Your instructor must create the groups for you in order to use them to submit assignments.

Announcements

You can create an announcement on the home page of your group by using an RSS feed from a course-related website or blog. 

  • Navigate to your group's Announcements page.
  • Select Add External Feed from the right-hand sidebar.
  • Paste or enter the URL of the RSS feed.
  • Change the options to match your needs.
  • Select Add Feed when you are finished.

You can write an announcement on the home page of your group.

  • Click the Create Announcement button.
  • Enter a title and message.
  • Use the Insert Content into the Page feature on the right sidebar or select Attach File from below the Announcement box to link a page, attach a file, or upload an image to the announcement.

Creating Pages

You can create several web pages for your new group.

  • Select Pages from the left-hand sidebar.
  • Enter content for your group page in the content box that appears.
  • Click Edit this Page if a content box does not appear.
  • Add content such as text, pictures, equations, videos, tables, and links to your web page.
  • Click on Save Changes when you are finished.
  • Select Create a New Page and repeat the steps above to create more pages.

Starting Discussions

You can start discussions within your new group.

  • Select Discussions from the left-hand sidebar on your group page.
  • Select Make a New Discussion.
  • Add content such as text, pictures, equations, videos, tables, and links to your discussion.
  • Select Add New Topic when you are finished.

Sharing Files

You can upload files to share with the rest of your group.

  • Select Files from the left-hand sidebar on your group page.
  • Select Add Files or Add Folder.
  • Upload a file from your computer through the popup box.

Click here to learn more about Files.

Starting Web Conferences

You can engage in web conferences with other members of your group.

  • Select Conferences from the left-hand sidebar on your group page.
  • Select Make a New Conference to begin.
  • Enter the desired settings.
  • Click the Create Conference button.
  • Click the Start it now button to enter into a conference.
  • Choose whether to share your webcam, microphone, or desktop while chatting by clicking one of the designated buttons.


You can also collaborate on Google Docs or Etherpad. Find out more:

Starting Collaborations

Subpages (1): Interacting in Chat