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Virginia Tech's next generation learning management system, Canvas, is now available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

To view details about the implementation of Canvas, see the Fall 2015 “Ramp-Up” Semester Details for Instructors page.

If you are experiencing problems loading pages on Canvas or another type of outage, check the status of Canvas by going to the the Canvas Status page.

For all things Canvas, see the Virginia Tech Canvas Help and Support page which includes Canvas documentation, migration information, and links to register for NLI's Canvas trainings and one-on-ones.  This page also links from the Canvas Help Menu.  

Logging Into Canvas

Learning Canvas

  • How Do I Learn Canvas?
    • You can learn to use Canvas by signing up for workshops with Networked Learning Initiatives, completing the Canvas Online Modules, and using This article has links and direction for all three options. 
  • How Do I Get Help with Canvas?
    • To get help with Canvas, click “Help” at the top right of any Canvas window, and choose from among the help options. 
  • Getting Started for Faculty 

Creating Course Sites

  • How Do I Create a Course Site in Canvas?
    • Official course sites are created for instructors of record before each semester, and are automatically populated with student data. Instructors can create draft sites for their teaching materials before official course sites are available, and easily transfer those materials to official course sites. This article has instructions on how to create draft sites and how to copy materials to official sites. 
  • What Are Term Dates in Canvas, and How Do They Affect Course Sites?
    • Term dates affect when instructors and students can access course sites. Official terms are defined by TLOS based on official semester dates. After the official end date passes, courses are concluded and become read-only. Instructors can set their own term dates and restrict student access to sites based on those dates, and can also unpublish sites, but instructors cannot prevent a site from being concluded. 
  • How Do I Cross-List (Combine) Sections into a Single Canvas Course Site? 
    • One official course site is created for every CRN, but most instructors prefer to teach multiple sections of the same course from the same site. To do so in Canvas, choose one section to be the parent site, and note its CRN. Then go to each of the sites for the other CRNs, go to Settings, and then Sections, and cross-list them under the parent site. When you are done, all sites will be listed under the parent site, and you can access the different sections in that site using many Canvas tools. 
  • How Do I Transfer Materials from My Draft Course to My Official Course? 
    • Links to instructions in Canvas Guides on transferring materials between Canvas Sites. 
  • What Settings Should I Use in My Canvas Course Site? 
    • You must go to a course’s settings and enable a grading scheme. You can also choose how to license your course content and set site visibility.
  • How Can I Tell if My Canvas Site is Published?
    • Your site is published when, at the top right of the page, the Published button is green. 
  • How Do I Tell My Students I’m Using Canvas? 
    • Instructors must inform students whether the course is using Canvas or Scholar. You can send an announcement in Canvas, which will, by default, be sent to enrolled students via email. You can also set up a course site in Scholar and link it to your Canvas site. 
  • How Do I Create a Joinable Site in Canvas?
    • To make a Canvas site that others can enroll in, follow the linked directions from Canvas Guides. To join a site, navigate to the site’s URL and click Join this Course. 

Adding and Removing Users

Understanding User Roles

  • What Are the User Roles and Their Permissions in Canvas?
    • In official course sites, the instructor of record is assigned a Teacher role, students are assigned Student roles, and those roles cannot be changed. Individuals added to sites, however, have roles assigned by whoever adds them. In both cases, a user’s role determines what access and permissions he or she has in a site. 

Working with Term Dates

Deleting Course Sites

Using Canvas Tools

Using Canvas Tools - Quizzes 

Using Canvas External Tools

Canvas at Virginia Tech

Help and Documentation

Canvas for Students

Canvas Content Migrations Articles

  • Canvas Content Migrations Documentation Index
    • This is an index of articles relevant to migrating content from Scholar to Canvas. 
  • About Canvas Content Migrations
    • Scholar and Canvas are both learning management systems (LMS), and have similar, but not identical, features and functionality. The process of migrating content from Scholar to Canvas is largely straightforward, but not perfect. Each site migrated from Scholar will result in a new site created in Canvas, where instructors can edit content before moving it to an official teaching site. No student data is migrated. 
  • How Do I Plan for Migration to Canvas?
    • Instructors should read about Content Migrations and prepare their Scholar sites before attempting migration to Canvas. Instructors should also plan ahead and migrate early, because migration can take seconds or hours per site, and because migrated content will need to be inspected.  
  • How Do I Prepare my Scholar Site for Migration? 
    • Only those with a Teacher role in Canvas and an Instructor role in the Scholar site can migrate the site. 
    • The migration of course content from Resources, Assignments, Forums, Lessons and Modules is straightforward. Tests & Quizzes and Question Pools migrate to Canvas, but Calculated questions, Survey Matrix questions, and some types of Numeric Response questions do not migrate and must be recreated in Canvas. 
    • Canvas Grades and Scholar Gradebook function in different ways, and not all of your Gradebook content and settings will migrate from Scholar to Canvas. Instructors should be prepared to recreate grading calculations and schemes. 
  • How Do I Migrate a Scholar Site to Canvas?
    • Log into Canvas, go to your user account, and click Content Migrations. Authenticate if necessary. Click New Migration Request and search for your Scholar site name. Select the site and tools to migrate to Canvas and click Next. Wait for your migration status to be completed. Migration can take a few seconds to a few hours per site, and your migration time will depend on your site’s size and the size of the sites ahead of it in the migration queue.
  • Scholar Content Migrated to Canvas: Miscellaneous Changes 
    • Sites created in Canvas for migrated content are unpublished, but items within those sites, like quizzes and assignments, will be published. Your content will not migrate to an official course site. You will need to inspect grades and weighting and recreate grading schemes. 
  • Scholar Assignments Migrated to Canvas Assignments
    • Assignments in Scholar and Canvas function in largely the same way, and migration is straightforward. Instructions, attached and linked files, dates, submission types, and grading options will import to Canvas. Scholar Assignment grading options will affect the Canvas Assignment Group and grade display in Grades. Canvas assignments always allow resubmission. 
  • Scholar Forums Migrated to Canvas Discussions
    • Scholar Forums and Canvas Discussions function in largely the same way, and migration is straightforward. Draft and posted forums, linked and attached files, short and long descriptions, and requiring users post will all be imported to Canvas. Both Scholar forums and topics will import as Canvas Discussions. Scholar Forum grading options will affect the Canvas Assignment Group and grade display in Grades. Scholar open and close dates, watch settings, and requiring posts be moderated will not be imported to Canvas. 
  • Scholar Gradebook Migrated to Canvas Grades and Assignments
    • Scholar Gradebooks are not imported directly into Canvas Grades, but Gradebook Categories and weighting, as well as Assignment, Forum, and Tests & Quizzes settings, affect how Canvas configures Assignment Groups and Grades. Gradebook items created in other tools will be included in Canvas Grades and appear in Canvas Assignments. Scholar Gradebook categories, weighting, and grade-dropping options will be recreated in Canvas Assignments. Grade release options will appear in Canvas Grades. Extra credit items will appear as regularly graded items. Graded items added directly to a Scholar Gradebook, not sourced in another tool, will not migrate to Canvas, nor will Scholar grading schemes. In all cases, instructors should carefully check Canvas Grades and Assignments and configure grading options and grading schemes.
  • Scholar Lessons Migrated to Canvas Modules
    • All Scholar Lessons content and links to other tools will migrate to Canvas Modules, but the imported materials will be organized slightly differently. Lessons, titles, requiring student submission, hidden status, display dates, and linked Resources, Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums will all import to Canvas. Text and subtext will import as Canvas Pages, and Student Content and Comments will import as Canvas Discussions. Lessons with prerequisites will only import if all items have prerequisites. Scholar Lessons grading options will affect the Canvas Assignment Group and grade display in Grades.  
  • Scholar Modules Migrated to Canvas Modules
    • Scholar Modules content will all be migrated to Canvas Pages, as will attached or linked files from Resources. Text will not be indented the same as in Scholar, and access dates will not import. 
  • Scholar Resources Migrated to Canvas Files
    • Scholar Resources will import to Canvas Files, except for empty folders, HTML pages, and URLs. Imported files will appear under content/group/<site id> in Canvas Files. Settings for Scholar Resources access dates and to release items only to specific groups will not import to Canvas. Resource descriptions, keywords, and copyright settings will not import either. 
  • Scholar Tests & Quizzes Migrated to Canvas Quizzes
    • Only working, not published, copies of Scholar quizzes will migrate to Canvas. Quiz introductions, attached and linked files in questions, time limits, release dates, navigation options, number of attempts, most grading options, and most feedback options will import to Canvas. Question point values and question and answer text and images will import, but text formatting, negative points for incorrect answers, and requiring a rationale will not. All question types will import except for calculated questions, survey matrix questions, and some types of numeric response questions. Some imported question types will be changed on import. Attached files in quiz introductions and question randomization will not import to Canvas. 
    • Question Pools with questions pulled by an imported quiz will import in their entirety to Canvas Question Banks. Quizzes that randomly pull questions from pools will also import, including the references to the pools. 
  • How Do I Import Scholar Content Not Covered by Content Migrations?
    • Download files in My Workspace in Scholar, and upload to your personal Canvas Files. Copy and paste Home page information to your Front Page in Canvas Pages. Copy and paste Syllabus text into the Canvas Syllabus Description. Copy and paste Announcement text into Canvas Announcements. Recreate Web Content links using Canvas’ Redirect Tool, an external app. Copy and paste Wiki pages into Canvas Pages. Scholar Polls can be taken in Canvas using i>clickers of REEF polls. Podcasts can be linked to Canvas Announcements and Discussions.
  • Canvas Content Migrations – Warnings, Explanations, and Fixes
    • This article describes warnings the Content Migrations app might produce while migrating content from Scholar to Canvas. It also describes what might cause the warnings and possible fixes to overcome them. 
  • Canvas Content Migrations – Issues, Explanations, and Fixes
    • This article describes common issues users encounter when migrating content from Scholar to Canvas. It also describes what might cause the issues and possible fixes to overcome them. 
  • Canvas Migrations Video - This video walks you step by step through the physical process of migrating sites from Scholar to Canvas.  Please make sure to read all the documentation BEFORE starting the process.  

If you are experiencing problems loading pages on Canvas or another type of outage, check the status of Canvas by going to the the Canvas Status page.

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