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Tips for Students

 

1) How do I log in to Canvas?

You can access Canvas through http://canvas.brown.edu.  Enter the username and password that you use to log in to Banner. You will then be directed to the User Dashboard.


2) Where do I find help? 

Report a problem or access user guides for Canvas by clicking on the link labeled Help in the upper right-hand corner of the page or contact the helpdesk via email at help@brown.edu


3) How do I see or edit my profile

  1. Click either on your name or the link labeled Profile in the upper right-hand corner of the page
  2. Notifications: Set youNotification Preferences as soon as possible.
  3. Log out of Canvas by clicking on the link labeled Logout

4) How do I send a message in Canvas?

Use the Inbox in the upper right-hand corner of the page allows messaging to individuals and classes. The message will be sent to the recipients’ Brown gmail account.


5) How do I navigate through Canvas?

The User Dashboard is the main page on Canvas that consolidates important information from all of your courses. It allows you to do the following:

  1. The Recent Activity feed located in the center of the page shows quick links to recent announcements, assignments, discussions, and other changes to your courses.
  2. Access a course by clicking on a feed item or through the dropdown menu labeled Courses directly above the Recent Activity feed.
  3. The Assignments link located at the top of the page to the right of the Courses link shows all assignments for all courses.
  4. The Grades link located at the top of the page to the right of the Assignments link shows all grades for all courses
  5. The Calendar link located at the top of the page to the right of the Assignments link shows all your events and assignments for all your courses.
  6. The Coming Up listing on the right side of the page shows upcoming assignments, assessments, and events, with links so you can read about them in further detail.
  7. View recent feedback from instructors and peers, including grades, under the Recent Feedback listing on the right side of the page under the Coming Up listing.

6) How do I turn in an assignment or peer review?

  1. Access the front page for any of your courses through the dropdown menu labeled Courses directly above the Recent Activity feed on the User Dashboard.
  2. Select Assignments
  3. Complete the assignment by following the instructions.
  4. If a peer review is assigned, it will become available after you submit your assignment.  It will appear on the right side of the screen on the page where the assignment description appears.
  5. If you need to post a discussion, click the Discussions tab on the left side of the page.
  1. To add a discussion topic to the forum, click the button labeled “Start a New Topic.” An editing screen appears to set the title of the post and its content. To add links to other content in the Canvas course in your post, simply click the links to the content you want to add in the box on the right-hand side of the page labeled “Insert Content into the Page.” Click “Add New Topic” to complete your post.
  2. You may edit your post later.
  3. On topics created by other users, a green arrow appears next to the pencil and the trash bin when the topic is hovered over. Clicking this arrow will take you to an editing screen to append a reply to the post. Click “Post Entry” to have the response appear on the discussion forum.

7) How do I navigate a course?

The Course Navigation tool displays a list of links, not all links are available for all courses:

  1. Syllabus: The course syllabus
  2. Assignments: A list of assignments — including graded discussions, assignments, and quizzes — available to the course
  3. Pages: A list of pages that your instructor has made for your course, often including links to content pages or other supplementary material
  4. Files: A list of files posted by your instructor and available for download
  5. Modules: A list of content and other links organized under topic headings
  6. Grades: Your grades on different assignments and your total grade in the course
  7. People: A listing of other students in the course, as well as your instructor and TAs
  8. Discussions: A message board where you can start or comment on discussion topics shared with the rest of your class
  9. Collaborations: Work on collaborative documents with other students, by linking to the same document sharing service, such as Google Docs
  10. Chat: A chatroom to interact with other students, your instructor and TA.s, in real time
  11. Conferences: A web conference application with webcam and microphone to interact with other students, your instructor and TAs, in real time

The right side of the page will display the following:

1. Pages, under which there will be links to pages created by your instructor for this course

2. Recent Feedback, under which there will be links to recent feedback from instructors and peers, including grades