Canvas Instructor Guides




What is Canvas?

Canvas is Stevens' Learning Management System. It is a power tool to help manage your course, deliver your materials, collaborate with your class, assess your students and distribute grades. Do you have a question or an issue? Contact us using the Service Desk! 

How to Access Canvas 

You (and your students) can access Canvas from the MyStevens portal page: Use your Stevens email address and password to log in.

Academic Requirements for Canvas Courses

To learn about how to achieve the academic requirements in Canvas courses, please check out the step-by-step instructions, articles and/or video tutorials below:


Description Instructions 

Start-of-the Semester Checklist

Make sure your Canvas course(s) are ready on the first day of class. Article


Publish your syllabus (which must conform to the Stevens syllabus template) in Canvas. Video Tutorial


Upload and organize files in Canvas. Video Tutorial

Grading Schemes

Create grading schemes and post grades with weighted totals. Video Tutorial


Create assignments and make them visible on the course calendar. Video Tutorial

Managing Course Content in Canvas

Topics Description Instructions 

Modules allow instructors to organize content to help control the flow of the course. Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or topics. 

Video Tutorial   

A page can be used to create content. Pages can include text, images, video, and links. 

Video Tutorial  

Files can house course files, syllabi, readings or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files. Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages. 

Video Tutorial  
Course Import Tool 

You can copy course content such as assignments, modules, pages, and discussions from previous Canvas courses into existing courses. 

Video Tutorial

Communicating with Students in Canvas 

Topics Description Video Tutorials and Articles

Use to communicate and share information with everyone in the course. 

Video Tutorial   

Like emails. Inbox can be used to reach all students, individual students or a group of students.  


Instructors can use Discussions to create, view and manage graded and ungraded discussions in the course.

Video Tutorial  

The Chat tool in Canvas allows you and your students to interact in real-time.

Video Tutorial  

Groups in Canvas 

Topics Description Video Tutorials and Articles

Students can use Google Docs to work collaboratively on tasks like group papers or note-taking.  Documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.

Video Tutorial  

Incorporates all features of announcements, pages and Google Docs plus areas for file sharing, discussions and conferences.

Video Tutorial  

Assessing Students Learning in Canvas 

Topics Description Video Tutorials and Articles

Instructors can use Assignments to create and track graded and ungraded assignments, including online and offline submission and no submission. Creating assignment groups will allow you assign a weight (percentage of overall course grade) to specific groups of assignments.

Video Tutorial  

The quiz tool is used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys.

Video Tutorial  

SpeedGrader SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place. Video Tutorial  
Rubric  You can add a rubric to an assignment to help students understand expectations for the assignment and how you intend to score their submissions. Video Tutorial 
Discussions  Instructors can use Discussions to create, view and manage graded and ungraded discussions in the course. Video Tutorial  
Attendance  With the Attendance tool, instructors can keep track of course attendance by taking roll electronically.  Article 
New Gradebook

The Gradebook helps instructors easily view and enter grades for students. Only graded assignments, graded discussions, graded quizzes, and graded surveys that have been published display in the Gradebook. 

Video Tutorial  


Learning Analytics in Canvas 

Topics Description Video Tutorials and Articles
New Analytics

Track student data using an interactive chart or table.

Video Tutorial  

Student Context Cards

Click a student’s name anywhere in Canvas to view a summary of the student’s progress in the course. Video Tutorial 
Individual Student Access Report

View a summary of student participation in a course.

Video Tutorial 
Quiz Statistics View statistics such as quiz average score, high score, low score, standard deviation, and average time of quiz completion. Video Tutorial 
Kaltura Video Analytics Get Kaltura video analytics with built in reports, live data, content drop off, content interaction and content contributions. Video Tutorial 



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