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Faculty Orientation Course

This course will guide you through how to use the Canvas learning management system. You can go through each module in order or you can jump around and only peruse the ones that interest you.

This is a self-paced course; you can move through it on your own time. Course modules will cover:

  • Creating Course Content
  • Communicating With Your Students
  • Setting up Rubrics and External tools 
  • Finalizing and Publishing Your Course
  • Frequently Asked Questions

View Faculty Orientation Canvas Course


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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.


Contact your local help desk if you have questions regarding your Canvas account.