Have the Right Tools
- Be sure you are accessing Canvas through an up-to-date and supported web browser
- Canvas was optimized for Chrome and is our recommended browser
- Adjust your pop-up blocker to allow pop-ups from Canvas
- Install the (Canvas) Student app for iOS or Android on your mobile device
- Connect your Canvas and Google Drive accounts
- Add a profile picture to your Canvas account
- If your computer does not have Microsoft Office, download a copy through Geneseo's campus agreement
Review Notification Settings
- Notifications can be sent to several destinations (i.e., Geneseo email, personal email, etc.) based on different events in Canvas
- Go to Account→ Notifications to customize how and when you receive notifications
- Notifications can be received immediately, via daily or weekly summary, or never
- We recommend you receive Daily or Immediate notifications of Announcements, Due Date changes, and Conversation Messages to ensure you do not miss important information from your professors
- If you add a secondary (non-Geneseo) email address, you will need to authorize its use before you will receive notifications
Course Enrollment Updates
Did you just add/drop a class? Enrollments in Canvas are updated every 2 hours.
Our Canvas Student Guides offer additional assistance as a curated and topical list of resources.
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Canvas Community Resources
Related Self Help Guides
Create a Grade Column for Assignments Outside of Canvas — This guide shows how to create a grade column for assignments delivered, collected and graded outside of Canvas – for grade display and overall grade calculations only. This method is also typically used for entering class Participation grades.
Customizing your Canvas Dashboard — The Dashboard is your landing page in Canvas and displays information about your current courses. The Dashboard also contains global announcements, an activity stream that shows recent activity in all your current courses, and a sidebar, which contains the To Do list, upcoming events, and access to grades.
By default, course cards are automatically added by Canvas and display up to 20 courses. However, you can manage courses on the Dashboard by customizing the course list and manually selecting your favorite courses.
Adding Open Learning Initiative (OLI) Content to your Canvas Course — SUNY has a partnership with Lumen Learning and Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) that provides access to courses at no cost for all SUNY campuses and students. Course adoption is as easy as filling out a request form in our Ready-to-Adopt catalog at oer.suny.edu.
When you adopt an OER course, it can be easily integrated into a Canvas module.
Using Geneseo Outcomes for Assessment — This guide was created in collaboration with Melanie Blood, Interim Associate Provost for Assessment and Curriculum. For questions regarding the assessment process at Geneseo, please contact her office directly.
Turnitin Originality and Plagiarism Service — Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in our Learning Management System – Canvas.
Re-open a Completed Course For a Subset of Students to Manage an Incomplete — Allow access to one student (or a small group) to complete work in a Canvas course after the semester has ended.
TopHat Canvas Integration & Grades Sync — Linking Top Hat and Canvas together gives you a ton of amazing features! Automagically sync grades, and keep your student roster up-to-date.
Creating a Turnitin Assignment (Geneseo Guide) — Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in Canvas. This guide will provide the basics to help you get started with creating a Turnitin assignment in your course(s).
Creating a Home Page with Auto-open Syllabus Preview — The Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can customize a page from your course Pages and have it display as the Course Home Page. You can also include your Syllabus in an auto-open inline preview.
Managing Students - Groups and Sections — This guide has information for faculty regarding organizing students into groups or sections ("teams") for collaborative work and assignments.
Still Need Help?
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