Canvas Instructor Guide

Canvas is UBC’s primary learning platform for delivering online course content.In Canvas, you can share materials (text or multimedia), enable student collaboration and discussion, manage assignments and quizzes, and assign grades. Canvas can also be used with many other UBC learning technologies.
Cost Yes Free
Bandwidth Yes 低需求
帆布集成 Yes n/a
Privacy Yes Canvas isFIPPAcompliant and data is stored securely in Canada.
Similar UBC-Supported Tools edX Edge,UBC Blogs, 和UBC Wikiare other centrally-supported tools that can deliver course content.

What can I use it for?

你可以使用画布上运行任何方面的课程e online:

  • Sharing course content
  • Hosting lectures
  • Giving assignments and quizzes
  • Administering exams
  • Facilitating discussions and group work
  • Managing grades


罗伯特·鲁索使用帆布to create a highly interactive course for students

As with most law courses, the subject matter lends itself to a great deal of exposition, i.e., creating an online environment that is very text-intensive. I wrote the course so that the modules build on each other with practice quizzes and activities following most modules. There are also weekly assignments that make good use of the discussion forum platform. I have received very good feedback from students.Read more »

Nadja Kunz uses Canvas in a simple way for key course activities

I’ve kept things simple and used Canvas for three main purposes: (1) online quizzes, (2) posting lecture material, and (3) contacting students. I plan to take advantage of additional functionalities in later iterations of the course. The system makes it very easy.Read more »


A supported web browser

Canvas runs in your web browser and supports using Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari. For which versions work, check theCanvas supported browser page. Canvas will not work with Internet Explorer.

A UBC course you are teaching in a past, present, or upcoming term

All UBC courses have matching courses in Canvas automatically created, with the enrolled students added, even if you have never used Canvas. Canvas courses are available approximately two weeks after the UBC course calendar has been published, which is typically several months before the start of term. This allows you time to set up your materials and activities.


  • 你和你的学生可以登录帆布canvas.ubc.causing your Campus Wide Login (CWL). If you don’t have a CWL,请注册CWLfirst.
  • 您和您的学生还可以使用使用的画布Canvas mobile app, which allows everyone to view content and interact in their courses.
  • Lab and tutorial sections are not automatically created in Canvas, but you can request them通过联系你的教员Instructional Support Unit或者联系我们.
  • You canenrol in Canvas 101,一个自定节奏的课程,具有基本概述的功能和功能,可以帮助您充满信心地建立课程。

How do I use Canvas?


Click any bar below for instructions and tips for using Canvas.

Set up your Canvas course

  1. Log in to Canvas fromcanvas.ubc.causing your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login) name and password. This will open your Canvas Dashboard.
  2. On your Dashboard, you will find all the courses you are teaching. Click anycourseto open it.
  3. 在课程内,您可以开始添加内容,创建分配和评估,以及建立讨论和通信。
  4. 当您准备好时,通过单击“将学生提供给学生的课程发布, located on the course home page, in the right-hand sidebar under “Course Status”.


  • UBC Vancouver offers an optionalUBCV course syllabus templatethat can be used when creating syllabi in or outside of Canvas. You may find the template useful, as the automatically-generated syllabus in Canvas does not satisfy theUBCV Senate's syllabus requirements.
  • You can make your Canvas course content available to download for offline viewing, which improves access for students with limited Internet connections. Click "Settings" in your Course Navigation, select the "Feature Options" tab, and toggle on the item for "ePub Exporting".

Set your Canvas name and pronoun

编辑your name

Your Canvas name is set by the preferred name you have on record with UBC's Human Resources. You can add or change your preferred or legal name by logging in to theWorkday system和using the "Personal Information" application.

编辑your pronoun

  1. ClickAccountin the Global Navigation (the menu in navy blue) and selectSettings从选项。
  2. Click编辑Settings, which may appear on the right-hand side or at the bottom, depending on the size of your screen.
  3. Choose your代词from the drop-down list.
  4. ClickUpdate Settings.


  • A preferred or chosen name is a name that you commonly use– it is what you want to be called, not what other people prefer to call you.

Understand your options for building courses in Canvas


Modulesin Canvas allow you to organize course content and direct the flow of your course. Modules can be set up to require students to complete materials in a sequential fashion (e.g., Week 1, Week 2, Week 3), and each module can contain files, assignments, assessments, discussions, and other learning materials.

In adding content to your modules, avoid copying text directly from a Word document, because the headings are not pasted consistently with the right format in Canvas. Using the right headings in your course content is important for accessibility.


Announcementsin Canvas allow you to broadcast information like course activities and logistics to students. Students can receive announcements by email, if they keep this default on in their Canvas notifications. You can include links, files, and images in announcements, as well as allow students to reply to them. Use announcements to keep students on track, share news and resources, and celebrate student success.


Assignmentsin Canvas refer to a wide range of learning activities, including traditional assignments that invite students to submit a completed work (text, multimedia, file, link) and assignments that are completed using the Canvas discussion board feature, Canvas quiz feature, or an external tool. Assignments may be completed for grades or not and can be submitted by a group or an individual.


Quizzes在画布上用于创建和管理网络quizzes and exams that assess students' comprehension of course material and understanding of course concepts. Quizzes can be graded or ungraded and can be set up to work with tools for remote proctoring (Proctorio) and restricted browser settings (LockDown Browser).


Discussionsin Canvas are discussion boards that invite interactions between two or more people. You can assign discussions to the entire class or to smaller groups of students and optionally add grades for students' participation. You can use discussions to pose and answer questions for the class and facilitate class-wide conversations.


Groupsin Canvas come with private collaborative areas for each group to work in, which contain announcements, pages, discussions, and files that are shared only within the group. You can create groups for students automatically or manually as well as allow students to make their own groups. You can also use groups to create group assignments for students to collaborate on and be graded on collectively.

External Tools

Other UBC-supported tools integrate with Canvas, meaning they can work within or in conjunction with your course to give you additional flexibility in the learning activities you provide for students.

  • L竞技 Zoomadd video/audio web-conferencing and collaboration
  • ComPAIRpeerScholaradd different types of student peer assessment of work students produce;iPeeradds student peer assessment of student teamwork in groups
  • iClicker Cloudadds polling in the classroom
  • Kalturaadds video capture, editing, storage, and streaming in Canvas
  • LockDown Browseradds browser constraints andProctorioadds remote proctoring to online assessments
  • LOCRadds access to course reserves
  • OnTaskadds learning analytics-driven automated feedback for students
  • Piazzaadds more robust discussion boards
  • Respondus Quizadds options for managing formative assessment questions offline and in bulk, andWebworkadds assigning numeric problems and equations as formative homework or quizzes




Grade with Canvas

Available grading features

You have three main options for grading with Canvas: grade in a spreadsheet (Gradebook), grade while viewing student work (SpeedGrader), or grade offline (export to a spreadsheet).

  • TheGradebookis a spreadsheet in Canvas that helps you input and distribute grades for students based on their work in the course. Each column represents a published assignment, graded discussion, or graded assessment. Grades can be calculated as points, percentages, complete or incomplete, pass or fail, GPA scale, and letter grades, with optional weighting applied to groups of learning activities.
  • TheSpeedGraderenables looking sequentially at each student’s work and entering grades as you go. You can also provide comments directly on student PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoints. You can access SpeedGrader from any assignment, quiz, or graded discussion, or directly from the Gradebook.
  • To grade offline, you can export grades from the Gradebook in an editable spreadsheet. When grading is complete, you can upload the spreadsheet back to Canvas to post the grades for students.

Manually post grades in Canvas

By default, grades will be visible to students as soon as they complete an auto-graded assessment or you enter a grade for the item in the Gradebook, but you can change this default.

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and click成绩in the Course Navigation.
  2. Click thesettings gear icon在右手侧。
  3. Click theGrade Posting Policy tab, 和chooseManually Post Grades.
  4. ClickUpdate. The word “Manual” will appear next to all the column titles in your Gradebook.
  5. Enter grades using any relevant approach above.
  6. Once all the grades have been entered for a column, hover over the column heading, click the列选项菜单(the 3 vertical dots), and choosePost Grades.
  7. 学生将看到他们的毕业班。



Canvas offers a number of roles for people in your Canvas course, including but not limited to Student, Instructor, and Designer—each of which is associated with its own permission settings, meaningthings each role can access and do.

Who has access to your course in Canvas and what role they are assigned is handled automatically based on course registration and teaching appointments. But you can request additional access for people, if you have a reason to include another person in your course.

Who is registered automatically

Students are automatically added to your Canvas course, once they are enrolled in your UBC course.

Instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) are automatically added to a Canvas course once they have an active appointment to teach in the course. Note that instructors and TAs first need official appointments with UBC, before they can be added to any course.

How to add other people

您可以要求将其他人添加到您的Canvas课程中的其他角色(观察员,设计师或测试学生)中联系我们. Please make sure to clearly list what you need the additional people to do, so that the appropriate role can be assigned in a timely manner.

If you wish to add another person in a traditional role (Instructor, TA, or Student) or if you don't have access to a course you think you should have access to in Canvas, please contact your faculty or department directly. If you aren't sure who to contact, reference therepresentative spreadsheet.

How to extend access

At UBC, Canvas courses are set to close eight weeks after the last day of class, but students with ‘Standing Deferred’ status can be granted extended access to your Canvas course. To request an extension, pleasecontact us和provide information about the nature of the extension, so we can determine how to best manage it in Canvas.

Accommodate UBC exams in Canvas

If the UBC Vancouver Centre for Accessibility or the UBC Okanagan Disability Resource Centre has contacted you regarding a student who requires exam accommodations, you can add time extensions and allow multiple attempts on Canvas exams for that individual.

Add time extensions

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and clickQuizzesin the Course Navigation.
  2. Click the3 dotsto the right of the quiz, and select编辑from the drop-down menu.
  3. Scroll down to "Assign to", and click+ Add.
  4. 输入name(s)学生需要延长时间的学生。
  5. Adjust the “Due”和“直到”学生日期to a later date/timetomatch the time extension provided.
  6. Click.
  7. ClickModerate This Quizin the menu on the left-hand side. (TheModerate This Quizlink will appear once you have published the quiz).
  8. 在打开的表中,单击pencil iconto the right of the student you want to give more time to.
  9. In the "Student Extensions" pop-up, use the "Extra time on every attempt” field to enter the number ofadditional minutesto provide for this student.
  10. Click, 和repeat this for any other students who require accommodations.


  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and clickQuizzesin the Course Navigation.
  2. Click thename测验。
    • 如果Quiz未发布,请先发布。
  3. ClickModerate This Quizin the menu on the left-hand side.
  4. 在打开的表中,单击pencil iconto the right of the student you want to give more attempts to.
  5. In the "Student Extensions" pop-up, enter thenumberof attempts.
  6. Click, 和repeat this for any other students who require accommodations.

Add time extensions

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and clickQuizzesin the Course Navigation.
  2. Click the3 dotsto the right of the quiz, and select编辑from the drop-down menu.
  3. Under "Assign to", click+ Add.
  4. 输入name(s)学生需要延长时间的学生。
  5. Adjust the “Due”和“直到”学生日期to a later date/timetomatch the time extension provided.
  6. Click.
  7. Click theModerate顶部标签。
  8. Find the student you want to give more time to, and clickModerateto the right of their name.
  9. Under “Time adjustments,” select “Give additional time” and enter theadditional hours/minutesto provide for this student. Repeat this for any other students who require accommodations.


  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and clickQuizzesin the Course Navigation.
  2. Click thename测验。
  3. Click theModerate顶部标签。
  4. Find the student you want to give more attempts to, and clickModerateto the right of their name.
  5. Enter thenumberof additional attempts.



New courses

All new course sections in the UBC course calendar are automatically created in Canvas approximately two weeks after the UBC course calendar is published, which is typically several months before the start of term. If your course has been added to the UBC calendar but does not appear in Canvas after this time period has passed, pleasecontact usfor assistance.

通过UBC附属学院提供的实验室,教程和课程(例如,谨慎神学学院,摄政学院,温哥华神学学院)需要在画布中手动创建。请联系您Instructional Support Unit或者contact usto get courses and sections manually added to Canvas.

Old courses


If you did not "favourite" your course before it closed, it will no longer appear on your Canvas Dashboard when you log in. However, you can still find all your Canvas courses by clicking "Courses" in the Global Navigation (dark blue bar on the left) in Canvas, then clicking the "All Courses" link at the bottom of the list.

Yes. UBC is legally required to perform a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on all systems that collect or use personal information. The UBC PIA determined that Canvas is a secure system and is privacy-compliant. It is also used by many other educational institutions across Canada.



  • 互联网协议地址(分配给每个设备的数字,可以识别设备的一般位置)
  • device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of access, and any referral URL (links that send you to Canvas)
  • on-page clicks including but not limited to login events, viewing content pages, launching tools, uploading files, posting to forums and discussions, authoring calendar items, and submitting quizzes
  • user-assigned or calculated records including but not limited to grading rubric scores, grades, and badge and outcome achievement awards

Personal information is also transferred from UBC’s Student Information System (SIS) into Canvas, including student names, numbers, email addresses, and course enrollment information.

UBC is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), a privacy law that governs all government bodies in British Columbia. FIPPA protects personal information (recorded information about an identifiable individual) and allows UBC to collect and use this information only for purposes connected with its programs or activities and only if UBC keeps this information secure and confidential.

Unlike private sector privacy laws,FIPPAdoes not require UBC to ask for consent before collecting or using personal information; it allows UBC to collect personal information that directly relates to and is necessary for academic programs or activities. UBC does have to notify students about the data collection. The data collection notice for Canvas can be found in the "Acceptable Use and Privacy Policy" in Canvas, which is linked from the footer of the Dashboard.


UnderFIPPA, personal information can be used for the purpose it was collected or for a consistent purpose. That means students’ personal information in Canvas is used for the purpose of facilitating the delivery of courses. Personal information may also be used in providing course support and for tools that support the quality of teaching and learning (such as dashboards for monitoring progress or tools that provide student feedback). Additionally, personal information may be combined for statistical analysis purposes, but only after anonymizing it by stripping out identifiers so it is not tied to a specific individual.

UnderFIPPA,哥伦比亚大学可以提供身份信息to faculty or staff only on a need-to-know basis. UBC enforces this legal principle by restricting UBC employees' access to information within Canvas with role-based access controls (wherein different roles have access only to what each needs to know). Students cannot view information about other students, with the exception of the names of students enrolled in their courses.

FIPPAdoes not allow sharing any personal information with third parties outside UBC without the consent of the individuals the information is about. There is an exception to this rule, however, that allows public bodies to share personal information with service providers, i.e., companies or consultants they hire to perform services for them.

Employees working for service providers sometimes require access to the systems they support for installation, troubleshooting, and data-recovery purposes. In these instances, service providers are permitted temporary access to information for these limited purposes, but they are forbidden from retaining any personal information or using it for any other purposes.

In the case of Canvas, the above means information is accessible when necessary by service providers who support Canvas and other tools that integrate with Canvas.


  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and clickSettingsin the Course Navigation.
  2. Enter the约会时间that you wish to make your course available as the “Starts” date.
  3. 检查盒子for “Students can only participate in the course between these dates”
  4. Scroll down and clickUpdate Course Details保存更改。


Technical support

If you have trouble with Canvas:

  • 联系您的教师Instructional Support Unitas your first point of contact
  • UBCV instructors can contact us for further assistance:
    604 827 4775或访问LT Hub online
  • UBCO instructors can contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning:
  • You can also use self-service troubleshooting by clicking the "Help" link in Canvas's Global Navigation (the navy blue menu).

For supporting your students:

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