Self-Help Tutorials & Resources

Read through the list of instructional topics to identify which tools can help you with your course construction and online instruction. Each tool comes with a tutorial to specifically address how you can implement it in your course.

These tutorials cover everything you need to know to start working in your Canvas course. This section will introduce basic tools and functions of the platform.

Canvas offers many different third-party, integrated applications that you may use to enhance or improve your course offerings and student engagement. The tutorials in this section are designed to explain how you can use some of these integrated apps.

We choose and change these tutorials regularly based on which are most relevant at a given point of time during a semester. For example, you might find information on course building and management at the beginning of a semester.


The Top 10 Self-Help Guides are curated by CTLD to address issues that are currently most relevant to faculty, including new content. These tutorials might change with the needs of faculty, but all tutorials can also be found in their own respective sections as well.

Canvas offers many different third-party, integrated applications that you may use to enhance or improve your course offerings and student engagement. The tutorials in this section are designed to explain how you can use some of these integrated apps.


When working on your course, there are a number of considerations to make in order to keep your content and activities accessible by all of your students. This section has tutorials to teach you how to use some of the available accessibility tools.

Every Canvas course includes activities to assess student progress, such as assignments. These tutorials provide detail on a variety of topics, including creating and editing assignments, rubrics, plagiarism checker, and group work.

Each MSU Denver course is created with a template, the Blueprint, that provides structure and resources for both the faculty member and students. This section gives an overview of the Blueprint and what comprises it.


In the online environment, clear and frequent communication between faculty and students is critical. This section includes video and text tutorials that explain how to use MS Teams, Canvas, and Yuja to communicate effectively.

Discussions are designed to facilitate conversations among students and faculty. This section provides guidance on a variety of topics, including creating and editing discussions, assigning rubrics, and incorporating video.

Grades are some of the most important information students need access to in your online course. This section will cover how to use the Canvas gradebook and grading assignments.


Students learn effectively when they can collaborate and share knowledge with their peers. The tutorials in this section help you recreate those important academic relationships even when students are separated by their computer screens.

Lectures are a classic component of higher education courses and feature prominently in many in-person courses. These tutorials will cover how to create an analogous experience for students in a virtual setting.

Modules are a fundamental building block and main organizational unit of a Canvas course. In this section, you will learn how to create modules and populate them with content to ensure an organized and coherent experience for your students.


These tutorials will teach you how to navigate through Canvas. Finding what your looking for is the first step to improving your course, so understanding the layout of the platform is key to your success in Canvas.

Most courses use some kind of quizzes or tests to assess student knowledge and evaluate their learned skills. This section covers how to implement these tools in your course and how to go beyond simple multiple-choice or essay based assessments.

Written content is a critical resource in any course and ensuring that it is readily accessible to students is a priority. These tutorials will cover various methods of creating, sharing, or linking to readings and other content in your course.


Videos are an excellent tool for creating instructor presence in your course and delivering multimedia content to your students. These tutorials will show you how to use all the available tools for creating and adding video content to your course.