Canvas Tools

Everything You Need to Know About Sandboxes

A Sandbox is a private, unpublished Canvas course. It is called a “Sandbox” because it is a place for instructors to “play around” by building new things. Instructors can create content and test out settings in a Sandbox course without worrying about accidentally deleting or altering content in their live course. What Can I Do […]

Assignments Canvas Tools

Import SCORM Files as Assignments into Canvas

A SCORM file is a .zip file of content that a publisher may provide for classroom use or that has been developed outside of Canvas. The following tutorial explains how to import SCORM files directly into Canvas as assignments. Before starting the steps below, you must first download the SCORM .zip files from the publisher […]

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Use Groups in Canvas

A great way to get peer-to-peer interaction in a course is by grouping up students for collaborative activities. Some of these activities could include projects, assignments, discussions, and peer review (not using the Peer Review feature of an assignment). Regardless of the activity, instructors will need to create groups for their students, which can be […]


Create an Assignment with Files Attached

Canvas allows you to attach files directly to an assignment. You can add files and images from your own computer, course files on Canvas, or even user files. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure your students have all of the instructions, resources, and materials needed to complete their assignment. Directions Go to MSU […]

Assignments Group Work/Collaboration

Create a Group Assignment

You can use the Canvas Group Assignments feature to easily assign and grade collaborative assignments. Imagine students working together to complete a virtual lab; research a question and write a group paper; hold and record a video discussion; act out a scene from literature or history; produce a group presentation; or create a digital media […]

Assignments Grading

Attach a Rubric to an Assignment

You can add a rubric to an assignment or discussion to help students understand your expectations and how you intend to score their submissions. Rubrics also integrate into SpeedGrader, making grading quick and efficient! Directions Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section. Log in to your Canvas Account. Select the Course you’d like to work […]

Assignments Grading Group Work/Collaboration

Assign Peer Reviews for Assignments

Canvas has many tools that allow for student interaction and feedback. Among these is a peer review tool that allows students to view and grade each other’s work. You may assign students one or several of their peers’ submissions to grade and give feedback on. Note: You do not need to have a rubric associated […]