Canvas (for Faculty)

Canvas is the official learning management system for the University of St. Francis.  Canvas "course shells" support online and blended courses.  Academic Technology supports Canvas instructors in several ways:

  • through an orientation course (Online Teaching Readiness, Level 1) that most instructors who are new to teaching online are required to take.  The same course also supports blended courses as well that utilize a combination of face-to-face and online teaching techniques.
  • general support questions and problem-solving:  815 740-5080. or dat@stfrancis.edu.
  • Course design and development.
  • Technological innovation that supports digital literacy and fluency on the instructor's terms.

A comprehensive overview of Canvas is available through the various guides that are continually updated by Canvas, complete with detailed instructions and visual screenshots, and available from the "Help" button in Canvas.

We also provide updated information through the postings that follow.

Recent Posts

Introducing “Films on Demand” in Canvas
With Films on Demand, you can perform a video online in a manner similar to that of performing it...
Can a Student Watch a (YouTube) Video in Canvas for Credit? YES!
A professor asked this interesting question:  Can a YouTube video be put into Canvas with students...
How to Grade with the Canvas Speedgrader
The Speedgrader allows you to grade by clicking on the criteria of a rubric (of your creation),...
Clinic: Create an In-Video Quiz with Canvas Studio
A quiz placed in a Canvas Studio can sustain student attention and engagement.  Here is a...
Download instructional resources from Canvas Commons
Commons in Canvas is a repository of instructional content (modules, content pages, assignments,...
Holding Virtual Office Hours with “BigBlueButton” Conferencing in Canvas
Big Blue Button is an application within Canvas that allows you to hold web conferences with...

Recent Posts

Set up Your Canvas Course for Day One
Whether you plan to use Canvas a lot or a little, it’s helpful to have the major material set up...
Embedding an internet graphic into the Canvas Content Editor
There is a way to place an internet graphic (or video) in a Canvas page that makes it easier to...
Adding Custom Questions to a Course Section as an Instructor
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Canvas for Instructors
This page may serve as just-in-time professional development to orient new instructors to Canvas....
Download instructional resources from Canvas Commons
Commons in Canvas is a repository of instructional content (modules, content pages, assignments,...
Using the Canvas Inbox for Private Messages to Students and Instructors
For Students The following screencast will orient you to the use of the Canvas Inbox....
Submitting a “Turnitin” Assignment
Turnitin is the application in Canvas that checks your work for originality (and plagiarism). Here...
Submit an Assignment in Canvas, Basics
Follow the steps shown in the screencast for submitting a document or other work to an assignment...
Holding Effective Classroom Discussions, a Classroom Conversion Presentation
Dr. Shannon Brown, Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Health Administration,...
Get Oriented to the New Canvas UI
By now you may have heard that Canvas will be changing over to a colorful new user interface on May...