Create an Email List for Your Canvas Course

Canvas has a robust messaging system built into the LMS, but if you prefer to communicate with your students via email, you can use Canvas to generate an email list. You can do this by exporting your gradebook as a spreadsheet and then copying all of the emails at once. This process also excludes students […]

Communication Self-Help Tutorials

Download and Install MS Teams

Microsoft Teams is the institutionally-recommended software for hosting live, virtual meetings. You can use MS Teams for virtual class meetings, one-off lectures, meetings with your colleagues, and much more.  MS Teams has both an application for your computer and a version that runs in your web browser. Because the application is more stable and less […]

Canvas Tools Communication

Create Seating Charts in Canvas

The Roll Call feature in Canvas includes a tool you can use to create seating charts and share them with others. You can use this feature to comply with the Fall 2021 requirement that in-person instructors create and submit seating charts of their class; this is to facilitate contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 […]

Canvas Tools Communication Grading

Use the Gradebook Option, “Message Students Who…”

When you’re grading, it can be helpful to send a quick message to a specific group of students. For example, you may want to send a reminder to all students who have not yet submitted an assignment, or maybe you want to send a message to students who received a certain grade or lower to […]

Communication Lectures Self-Help Tutorials

Change Lobby Settings in MS Teams

The lobby is a completely optional virtual “waiting room,” if you will, in which meeting attendees wait for you to start the meeting and let them in. Though lobbies make an extra step for students joining a Teams meeting, they also add a layer of security by providing the meeting facilitator control over who enters […]

Communication Group Work/Collaboration

Upload and Share Files Using OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft. It is available to all MSU Denver staff, faculty, and students. This platform can be used to create, upload, store, edit, and share single or multiple files such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF’s, and PowerPoint presentations. Files or folders stored in OneDrive can be shared with […]

Accessibility Communication Lectures Videos

Upload a MS Teams Recording to YuJa and Generate Auto-Captions

When you record a meeting in Teams, that recording is automatically available to all of the members of that team. Unfortunately, Teams does not generate auto-captions for recordings and it does not support embedding them in a Canvas course. Resolving this is simple, but it requires a few extra steps. Uploading the videos to YuJa […]

Communication Lectures Videos

Record a Meeting in MS Teams

Recording your meetings in Teams can create a helpful resource for you and your students. Your students can refer back to a lecture when studying for a test, for instance, or an absent student can watch the recording of a class that they weren’t able to attend. Fortunately, recording a meeting in Teams is a […]


Disable Meeting Join Notifications in MS Teams

When a student joins your Team meeting by calling in on their phone, Teams will announce when they enter and leave the meeting. You may find these announcements distracting and prefer to disable them. Doing so is simple, but please ensure that you already have a scheduled meeting in a Team, either recurring or singular, […]

Communication Lectures

Use Forms/Polls in MS Teams

In MS Teams, one activity you can introduce in your class to increase student engagement is a poll. As of yet, MSU Denver does not have the ability to plan and create polls ahead of time to then launch on the main video screen. We do have the ability to create polls within the chat […]