Online Teaching & Learning (OTL)

Canvas Tools


Analytics evaluate individual components of a course and evaluate student performance.


Announcements allow instructors to communicate with students about course activities and post interesting course-related topics. Announcements are designed to allow instructors to broadcast information out to an entire class.


Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media. The Assignments page shows students all of the Assignments that will be expected of them and how many points each is worth.

Peer Reviews


This is a program which checks submitted documents against its database and the content of other websites with the aim of identifying plagiarism.


The Attendance (Roll Call) tool is an external app (LTI) used for taking attendance in Canvas courses. The Attendance tool can be used for online or face-to-face courses.


The Calendar helps everyone stay on schedule and up to date. It keeps track of course assignments and event dates.


Scheduler is a Calendar tool that creates appointment groups within a course or group. Students can sign up for a time slot within the appointment group.


Chat can be used for real-time communication with any of the course users.


Collaborations allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.


Conferences allows users to hold virtual lectures, virtual office hours, and student groups.


Discussions allows for interactive communication between two or more people; users can participate in a conversation with an entire class or group.


Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files. Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links or only unlock on a specific date.


Grades can serve as a communication tool between students and instructors and allow instructors to track the progress of students.


Groups are a small version of a course and used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments.


Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. You can communicate with other people in your course at any time.


Modules allow instructors to organize content to help control the flow of the course. They are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or a different organizational structure. Modules essentially create a one-directional linear flow of what students should do in a course.

My Media/Media Gallery

Here you can store your Kaltura videos and other media that you want your course to have access to.

  • How to Embed Audio and Video
  • How to Move Media from My Media to Media Gallery


  • Kaltura Uses
  • Kaltura Tools


Outcomes allow the administration and faculty to track mastery in a course. Users can import Account, State, and Common Core Standards into an account and course.


Pages store content and educational resources that are part of a course or group but don't necessarily belong in an assignment. Pages can include text, video, and links to files and other course or group content as well as be linked to other pages.


This will show you your students enrolled in your courses. Here you can see the users activity and last login date.


Quizzes are assignments that can be used to challenge student understanding and assess comprehension of course material. The quiz tool is used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. Quizzes can also be used to conduct and moderate exams and assessments, both graded and ungraded.

Question Bank

Account-level questions banks can be used to create institutional or departmental question repositories. For example, if the English department offers several courses to teach basic grammar rules to students, the department can create a sub-account level question bank. Instructors can then access the question banks to offer the same evaluation to students in different courses.

Question Types

Canvas offers many different types of questions to suit your course needs. These will go over how to create each type of question.


A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality. Rubrics are typically comprised of rows and columns. Rows are used to define the various criteria being used to assess an assignment. Columns are used to define levels of performance for each criterion.


As an instructor, SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place using a simple point scale or complex rubric.


This is where you will put your Syllabus for your course. You can either directly type the information directly on the page, or link to a PDF or Word document.