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Analytics


This section is left for reference. NUS Canvas uses New Analytics instead.


Analytics evaluate individual components of a course and evaluate student performance. Analytics takes a three-pronged approach to creating substantive data for Canvas users.

  • Justification focuses on system reports and how the system is being used.
  • Intervention looks to predict at-risk students and how to meet their needs.
  • Learning focuses on learning outcomes, the effectiveness of the teaching style, and the division of time between students achieving competence and those falling behind.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Analytics?


Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


New Analytics


New Analytics is an LTI tool installed at the account level and can be made visible in all courses.

Data is refreshed for published courses in the New Analytics dashboard every 24 hours. Report data may be delayed by 24 hours; however, Course Activity Report data may be delayed by 40 hours. Only active and completed student enrollments are included in data for New Analytics. Deleted or inactive user enrollments do not generate data.

Users participating in New Analytics can provide feedback in the New Analytics User Group about future analytics feature development. This tool will replace the current analytics feature at the course and user levels in a future release.

Notes:

  1. In order for New Analytics to display in Canvas, third-party cookies may need to be enabled in your browser settings.
  2. New Analytics data does not display for unpublished courses.
  3. Because mobile page view data is based on device settings and network connection, it may vary from the time the page views actually occurred. Page view data should not be used to assess academic integrity.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is New Analytics?


Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Announcements


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 all members of a course or to all members of sections within a course. Students may be able to reply to announcements, but replies are not considered to be a conversation and do not appear in the Inbox.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Announcements?

LumiNUS equivalent: Announcements



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Assignments


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.

Assignments can be assigned to everyone in the course or differentiated by section or user.

The Assignments page supports keyboard shortcuts. To view a window with a list of keyboard navigation shortcuts, press the Shift+Question Mark keys simultaneously on your keyboard.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Assignments?

Closest LumiNUS equivalent: Files



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Assign an Assignment to:

Mark & grade

Peer Review

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Assignments (Turnitin)


Assignments (Turnitin) are an assignment type in Canvas. Turnitin Feedback Studio can generate a similarity report of student assignments to various sources and give feedback to students on their work using annotation tools.

Closest LumiNUS equivalent: Files (Turnitin)



Assignments (Turnitin)

Common Turnitin Queries from Instructors


Turnitin guides

Similarity Report & Similarity Index

File upload queries from students


Attendance (Roll Call)


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. Enabled at the account level, the Roll Call Attendance tool can be used by all courses in the Canvas account.

The Attendance tool always appears as a visible Course Navigation link, but it cannot be viewed by students, so hiding the link in Course Settings is not necessary. If instructors do not want to use the Attendance tool in their courses, no action is required. However, if you do use the Attendance tool, students can view their attendance report through the Roll Call Attendance submission details page.

Note: The Attendance tool must be enabled for your institution before it can be used in Canvas courses.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is the Roll Call Attendance Tool?

LumiNUS equivalent: Attendance

Note: This is not the Classroom Attendance System used during the pandemic.


Calendar


One of the challenges facing both students and instructors is keeping track of all of the assignments planned throughout the term. Instructors are teaching multiple courses and students are learning in multiple courses. Every course has its own timeline for when things need to be done. The Calendar helps everyone stay on schedule and up to date.

The Calendar in Canvas is a global feature, meaning users can see all courses assignments and events in one place. Calendars can be filtered by selecting or deselecting courses in the sidebar.

To help manage user calendars, courses customized in the courses drop-down menu as a favorite course will always be listed at the top of the user’s calendar list in the calendar sidebar. By default, the Calendar displays a maximum of 10 course calendars.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is the Calendar?

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. Some appointment time slots may only allow one student to sign up at a time, while others may allow an entire group to sign up.

Only students can sign up for appointment slots in the Scheduler. If a student signs up for an appointment slot, an observer who is observing the student can view the appointment in the student's calendar. Observers cannot sign up for an appointment on behalf of a student.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is the Scheduler?

LumiNUS equivalent: Consultation



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Chat


This may not be enabled for NUS as we use Microsoft Teams.

The Chat tool in Canvas allows students and teachers to interact in real time.

Notes:

  • The Chat tool must be enabled for your institution before it can be used in Canvas courses.
  • When Chat is enabled at the account level, it is enabled by default in all courses within the account.
  • Safari 13.1 contains an update that may cause issues with chat alerts. You can avoid errors with files and images by disabling cross-site tracking prevention in Safari when using Canvas.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is Chat?



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Collaborations


Canvas leverages collaborative technology to 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.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Collaborations?


Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Conferences


Canvas Conferences is not enabled as NUS uses Zoom for Conferences.

Conferences are primarily used for virtual lectures, virtual office hours, and student groups. They can also be used to demonstrate technologies or troubleshoot technology issues online. For best performance, Conferences should be limited to 100 users or fewer. Canvas integrates with BigBlueButton.

Notes:

  • Creating a conference is a course permission. If you cannot create a conference, your institution has restricted this feature.
  • For more information on web conferencing options in Canvas, view Web Conferencing Resources.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Conferences?


Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Course

A Course is where you find the tools to facilitate teaching and learning.


LumiNUS equivalent: Module

  • There is a Modules tool in Canvas, but it is the equivalent of Learning Flow in LumiNUS.
  • Unlike in LumiNUS, academic Courses are pre-created for you in Canvas.


Course Import Tool


The Course Import Tool makes it easy to extract course content, assignments, and quizzes from previous terms and quickly import them into existing courses. The same tool is used to import course materials from different Learning Management Systems. Some limitations apply to course imports.

Notes:

  • Importing courses and course files count against course file quotas. However, copying existing Canvas courses and course files reference the original Canvas course file quota and do not count against course file quotas. Learn about copying Canvas courses and course items.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is the Course Import Tool?

To import selected content from LumiNUS, you will export content to a Common Cartridge package, then import it into Canvas. The export is limited. More details will be provided soon.



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Course Home Page & Navigation


Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

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Course Settings


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Discussions


Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions allows for interactive communication between two or more people; users can participate in a conversation with an entire class or group.

Discussions can also be created as an assignment for grading purposes (and seamlessly integrated with the Canvas Gradebook), or simply serve as a forum for topical and current events. Discussions can also be created within student groups.

Discussion topics can be organized as focused or threaded discussions. Focused discussions only allow for two levels of nesting, the original post and subsequent replies. Threaded discussions allow for infinite levels of nesting. Focused discussions are relatively short-lived interactions, while threaded discussions allow replies within replies and may last for a longer period of time.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Discussions?

LumiNUS equivalent: Forum




Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


External Apps (LTI)


LTI provides a framework through which an LMS (Canvas) can send some verifiable information about a user to a third party. For LTI to work, the third party needs to provide a consumer key and shared secret that Canvas can use to generate a signature to verify the authenticity of the data sent. By default most user information is anonymized, but this can be changed when the configuration is first set up.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are External Apps (LTI Tools)?

LTI tools must be approved for use under NUS Cloud Policy.

LumiNUS equivalent: External Tools

These instructions do not apply to institution-level LTI integrations including Turnitin, Panopto & Zoom.


Files


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.

Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages. Files and folders are put in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.

Canvas users will find access to files (documents, images, media, etc.) in three different places:

  • Personal files, located in each user's profile (students, teachers, and TAs)—View a video about personal files
  • Course files, located in each course (students, teachers, and TAs unless files are locked by the teacher)—View a video about Course Files
  • Group files, located in each group (students and teachers who are enrolled in groups)

To learn about specific file quota details for each user role, view the Course Files Quota PDF.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Files?

LumiNUS closest equivalent: Files



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.

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Global Navigation


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Gradebook


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

The Gradebook stores all information about student progress in the course, measuring both letter grades and course outcomes

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Grades and the Gradebook?

LumiNUS equivalent: Gradebook



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Gradebook interface

Enter, edit, import, export

Download and upload student submissions

Learning Mastery / Outcomes

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Groups


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

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Groups?

Closest LumiNUS equivalent: Class Groups



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Inbox


The Inbox is a messaging tool used to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. You can use the Inbox to communicate with others in your course.

Notes:

  • Users display in the Inbox once they have an active enrollment in the course, and users cannot join a course unless it is published.
  • Once a course has concluded and its term date has passed, you can no longer message students in that course.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is the Inbox?


Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Modules

Modules in Canvas is similar to Learning Flow in LumiNUS.

If you navigated here in error, you may be looking for a Course instead.


Modules allow instructors to organize content to help control the flow of the course.

Modules 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.

Each module can contain files, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials. Module items can be added to the course from existing content or new content shells within the modules. Course content can be added to multiple modules or iterated several times throughout an individual module. Modules can be easily organized using the drag and drop feature. Elements within the modules can also be reorganized by dragging and dropping.

Note: Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate the Modules page. To view a window with a list of keyboard navigation shortcuts, press the Shift+Question Mark keys simultaneously on your keyboard.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Modules?

LumiNUS equivalent: Learning Flow




Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Notification Settings


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Outcomes


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.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Outcomes?



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Pages


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. Pages can also be linked to other pages. They can also be used as a collaboration tool for course or group wikis where only specific users can have access. Canvas keeps the entire history of the page to account for changes over time. 

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Pages?



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

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People


Closest LumiNUS equivalent: combination of Facilitators, Student Roster & Guest Roster



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

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Profile and User Settings


Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas. 

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Profile and User Settings?




Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

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Quizzes


Quizzes in Canvas 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.

Canvas has four different types of quizzes:

  • A graded quiz is the most common quiz and rewards students points based on their quiz responses.
  • A practice quiz is a learning tool to see how well users understand course material without providing a grade.
  • A graded survey rewards students with points for completing a survey but grading is not based on right or wrong answers.
  • An ungraded survey obtains opinions or other information without providing a grade.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Quizzes?

LumiNUS equivalent: Quiz



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

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Question types - Create a...

Once I publish a quiz...

Regrading

Survey

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New Quizzes


New Quizzes is a quiz engine that integrates with Canvas as an LTI tool and replaces the classic quizzes functionality currently existing in Canvas.

Instructors can use New Quizzes to create quizzes using a variety of questions types. New Quizzes display as assignments in the Assignments page and can be duplicated. Students can take New Quizzes quizzes within their Canvas courses.

New Quizzes reports, statistics, item bank search, and item bank tagging are not supported in the Canvas beta environment. Outcomes added to Canvas in the beta environment after the beta refresh will not display in the New Quizzes beta environment. Outcomes must be added to the production environment to display in the beta environment.

New Quizzes cannot be used in the Canvas test environment.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is New Quizzes?



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Rich Content Editor


The Rich Content Editor provides a condensed, more intuitive toolbar that is grouped by common icons and interactions.

The content editor that is available anytime for creating new content. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is the Rich Content Editor?



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

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Rubrics


Rubrics are a way to set up custom or Outcome-based assessment criteria for scoring.

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.

Rubrics can be set up as non-scoring rubrics, which allows for assessment-based and outcome-based grading without points.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What are Rubrics?

LumiNUS equivalent: Rubrics



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

The Canvas interface for NUS may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

Video by Instructure Canvas Community, reproduced under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license​.


Sections


LumiNUS equivalent: EduRec Rosters


Academic Courses

SpeedGrader


As an instructor, SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place using a simple point scale or complex rubric. Canvas accepts a variety of document formats and even URLs as assignment submissions. Some document assignments can be marked up for feedback directly within the submission. You can also provide feedback to your students with text or media comments.

From Canvas Basics Guide > What is SpeedGrader?



Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas.

They are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements.

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Videos/Panopto


Videos/Panopto are where you upload videos to Canvas. Using the Panopto software, you can create simple screen recordings which are automatically uploaded to the Videos/Panopto section in your Course. If students need to submit videos as an assignment, you can set up Videos/Panopto assignment folders to receive their video submissions.

Closest LumiNUS equivalent: Multimedia (MediaWeb)

Videos uploaded to Videos/Panopto will be available for student viewing immediately after the videos are processed. If you do not want to make the videos immediately available to students, you can change your folder settings to Never.


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