This page contains specific “How To…” information on Canvas relevant to building a course and other information. Scroll down for various “how to” topics, downloadable documents, and videos.
This is for course shells (eg Sandboxes or committee or department shells) that are not registered courses for the term.
Instructors can request a course shell by logging into RamTech and selecting Canvas request. It will send you to the Canvas request page.
Choose the item at the bottom of the menu “Request Canvas Course Shell for Non-Banner Course .”
This page will guide you for the information needed to fulfill the request.
This feature is great for providing updates, greetings and even short lectures for students.
- Open Rich Content Editor
Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features which support the Editor.(the editor opens when a page or assignment is edited)
- Open Media Comment Tool
- Select Video Recording Option
If your computer has a webcam, Canvas will select your default camera automatically. However, if you have multiple webcams, you can select your webcam by clicking the Webcam button.
- Select Audio Option
Canvas will also select your default microphone. However, if you have multiple microphones, you can select your preferred microphone by clicking the Mic button.
- Start Recording
To begin recording video, click the Start Recording button.
- Stop Recording
The time  and the volume level  of your recording will continuously update as you record. To stop recording, click the Finish button .
- Review Recording
To review your video, click the Play button . To save your video, click the text field , enter a title for your video, then click the Save button . To re-record your video, click the ;Start Over button .
- View Video
View your video automatically inserted into the Rich Content Editor.
- Save Changes
is an assessment engine that integrates with Canvas as an LTI tool and replaces the classic quizzes functionality currently existing in Canvas. It is new to Canvas this year.
- Instructors can use to create assessments using a variety of questions types. assessments display as assignments in the Assignments page and can be duplicated.
- Students can take assessments within their Canvas courses.
Have you been looking for the Respondus 4.0 program to set up your quizzes in Canvas, or are you looking for a platform to post your Word or PDF file quizzes so that students can take them electronically?
Respondus 4.0 is available for you!
It’s very easy to download:
Step 1: access Kbox by going to the Faculty and Staff bar on the WSSU Homepage, and then to the “Get more Info Icon.
Step 2: Scroll down to the Resources and Applications list and find KBox.
Step 3: Click and sign in to KBox (Use Ram ID). Then click on the Download Software page.
Step 4: Choose Install Respondus 4.0 version 4.0.7.03. Do not confuse this program with the lockdown browser or update software.
Step 5: Follow the directions from the download site.
Click Install at the bottom of the page to begin the download.
Click Ok to move Respondus Projects folder dialogue box
Institution Name: Winston-Salem State University
Local Support Contact(s): Antionette Moore
Installation Password: ZR928404966-566633953 (Password valid through the end of: July 2019)
Click: Close unless you would like to Follow News
Choose LMS Personality: Instructure Canvas
Once application opens, click Help and Check for Updates…this updates Respondus to v4.0.8.01
Once you have downloaded Respondus, you will need to make sure your file uploads match the requirements for its formatting. Here is a link to the Canvas instructions for Respondus. Make sure you set the personality in Respondus to Canvas.
Quick Tip: keep the Availability Date for the assignment open in Canvas.
If you work with Turnitin and your students are having problems accessing your comments on assignments, the following might help.
If you’re making annotations through the Turnitin Feedback Studio, students will actually have to open the Feedback Studio themselves to view those comments. They can do this by clicking on their originality score that appears in the Turnitin submission area of the assignment page.
To access this from Canvas, you will need to keep the assignment lock date open (“Available Until…”) so that students can access the Turnitin platform.
Since the assignment is through Turnitin, the “Available Until” date set in Canvas actually does not affect the assignment’s availability. Turnitin has its own settings that allow you to make sure that students are unable to submit late work.
- In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.
- Click the Export button, then click the CSV File link.
When the export is completed, Canvas will download the CSV file automatically to your computer.
Please Note: If you navigate away from the page during the export, the CSV file will appear as a previous download in the Grade book export drop-down menu so it can be downloaded again. The Grade book will show the date and time you requested the export.
If you made changes to the Grade book after exporting a file and want to export a new file, click the CSV File link again.
Grade book export files include the date and time of the download to differentiate between multiple exports. The export filename format is YYYY-MM-DDTHHMM, followed by the course name.
A pop up window will appear. Select “Open” or “Save” file to your computer or a USB. (see below)
To send the file, simply attach as email to the sender
Download document to show you "How to Export Grades into an Excel Spreadsheett".