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Top Canvas Tips

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1. Do not use Internet Explorer or Edge

2. Find your courses

  • On the first day of the term, you will find your courses on your Canvas Dashboard. If you don't see your course there, click the Courses link, then click the All Courses link. You can click the star ⭐ next to the course to add it to your Dashboard.  

3. Check out your "What-If" grade

  • View "What-if" scores to see how your grades will be affected by an assignment. Go to your course, then to Grades, and click "Show What-If Score". Enter a hypothetical grade for any ungraded item.

4. Don't miss assignment feedback

  • Look for the feedback or speech icons Feedback icon  next to assignments to see feedback from your instructor.

5. Set your preferences

  • Do you want to be notified by text message or email when your instructor grades your assignments or when a due date changes? Do you want to be notified ASAP or only once per day? To update your notification preferences, click on Account, then select Notifications.

6. Go mobile Cell phone with Canvas logo

  • Download Canvas' FREE app for Android and iPhone to access your course on the go!  

7. Save a back-up file of your work

  • Always save a copy of a typed submission in a Microsoft Word or Pages (or notepad) file outside of Canvas before clicking the submit button. Why do this? There's always a chance that you could lose what you've typed.

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