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Winter & Spring 2021 Course Sites

All course offerings and student enrollments for the Winter and Spring 2021 terms are set up in Canvas. If you are teaching in these semesters and do not see your course listed under your Canvas Account, please follow the instructions on this page to gain access to your course.

Instructors looking to set up a Fall 2020 course will need to send an email to help@canvas.rutgers.edu.

Faculty and staff can also request blank site without a roster.

Click here to request a sandbox course site


Faculty Orientation for First Time Canvas Users

Click Here to Access the Faculty Orientation Tutorial

This course will cover some basics of Canvas at Rutgers including:

  • Creating Course Content
  • Communicating With Your Students
  • Customizing Your Account
  • Finalizing and Publishing Your Course
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Canvas LMS Community Guides & Videos

Documentation for the Canvas LMS and mobile-related products, and Commons.


Tutorial Videos by Rutgers Instructional Design

Introduction to Canvas (4 Parts)

This is an overview of the Canvas Learning Management System and covers how to navigate the platform, load or edit a syllabus, generate the gradebook, create modules, and create basic content.


Managing Your Canvas Course

This video is intended for instructors who have a Canvas course shell set up and need to manage students, grade assignments, and administer the course. The video covers how to send messages, make announcements, grade, edit content and manage assignment settings, and how to manage student groups.


Adding and Editing Content in Canvas

This video focuses on adding and editing course content using the Rich Content Editor and the link/embed menu options.


Communication Tools in Canvas

This video covers how to use the Inbox, Announcements, and gradebook comments to communicate with students, student groups, and whole classes.


Exams and Surveys in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on the Quizzes tool and how to create quizzes, exams, and surveys.


Conferences / BigBlueButton in Canvas

This video deals with the integrated web-conferencing tool, BigBlueButton. The video covers how to create, join, and participate in a Conference, including how to use polls and breakout rooms.