Teaching With Canvas

Canvas is accessible on the Internet by a web browser (like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, etc.) Users log in with their Loyalist College credentials and arrive at their Canvas Dashboard, a page that is common to all users. 

From the Dashboard, users can view links to the courses in which they are enrolled; following a course link brings a user to a “course”. 

Training (CATL Facilitated)

Please visit the events page to register for essential and recommended training workshops facilitated by CATL.

Supplemental Training (Canvas Facilitated – Live)

These are additional webinars offered directly through Canvas. W

In your Canvas account, check out the Training Services Portal for a list of live workshops and recorded webinars offered directly by Canvas. To access the Training Services Portal, click on the Help icon on the global navigation bar, and then select Training Services Portal.

Additional External Resources

Canvas Resources for Instructors

Canvas Training Resources

Canvas Videos

Search the Canvas Community!

Sign into myLoyalist using your Loyalist login credentials. Select the Canvas icon. Only those working directly in Canvas, either as instructors, academic support or student support will have access to the system. 

Supported Browsers for Canvas

For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades. 

To keep up to date with the current supported browsers in Canvas, visit: What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas.

Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas. Profiles allows you to update your name, preferred contact methods, and any personal links for your account. Your profile information can be viewed by all users in your courses.

To learn more about Profile and User settings and how to manage them, click on the links below.

What are Profile and User Settings?

Canvas User Settings 

Canvas Profile 

How do I add a Profile Picture?

Canvas Cross-listing allows section enrollments from individual courses to be combined into one course. This feature is helpful for faculty who teach several sections of the same course and only want to manage course data in one location. Instructors can use sections to create differentiated assignments and section-specific due dates, create self sign-up groups where students must all be in the same section, and specify that enrollments can only interact with other users in their section. Instructors can allow students to view users in other sections or limit them to only view users in the same section. Section names do not change when they are cross-listed; the section is just moved to another course.

Cross-listing is a process that merges together two or more course sections – each identified by a unique Course Registration Number (CRN) and given its own individual course shell in Canvas – into one course shell. This merging eases certain elements of course administration. In Canvas, cross-listing does not create a new course shell. Instead, the students are moved from one course into the other, and the name of the destination course will not change.

Whether instructors cross-list their courses or not normally depends on the following pros and cons:

Pros Cons
– Can make changes in one course instead of several, including:

  • Updating content in Modules
  • Sending out an Announcement to all of your students
  • Make modifications to your online assessment structure
  • etc 

– You can filter the SpeedGrader, Inbox, and Grades tools by Section in order to still list students by the CRN they are enrolled in

– Allows students to work together online across multiple course sections in tools like Groups and Discussions (note: you can choose to restrict this functionality)

– Need to take additional steps to interact with a specific section, including use of Assign To and/or Post To to provide:

  • Different due dates for a given Assignment Folder
  • Different availability dates for a given Quiz
  • Visibility of a given Announcement
  • etc

Cross-listing in Canvas at Loyalist College is admin permission only. Faculty who wish to cross-list their Canvas courses will submit a request using the TOPdesk button on your myLoyalist portal. Include the following information: course name, code and CRN. Please allow 2-3 business days for these requests to be completed. 

We recommend cross-listing requests be sent either before, by or shortly after the first class. Courses cannot be cross-listed after students have submitted assignments, contributed to discussion boards, and when assessments have been graded by the instructor. 

We recommend only cross-listing courses with the same name. For example, if you cross-list the students from “Aircraft Maintenance” into “Aircraft Systems,” then both groups of students will be in “Aircraft Systems” and the students who have moved will no longer see “Aircraft Maintenance” in their course list.

Detect plagiarism, paraphrased content, and similar text using sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) based algorithms in 100+ languages with Copyleaks. Faculty can enable the plagiarism detection tool in a number of ways, including:

-on an assignments built in the Canvas LMS. This will be the most common use.

-to check Code for a coding assignment.

-on assignments where students submit a hand written assignment submission. With the power of Copyleaks and OCR technology, you can parse text directly from and image to identify copied content. This is a handy tool for assignments that are submitted on paper rather than typed on the computer. Like any other file, you can simply upload the image file and the text will be extracted and then compared against the internet and other databases. English language only. Accepted image files currently include: gif, png, bmp, jpg, jpeg. Learn more in this video (1.44 minutes). 

-scan a document outside of an assignment (faculty only) using the Plagiarism Checker on your courses left menu navigation menu.

Copyleaks Overview Video (1:08 minutes).

Important Note: Using Copyleaks in a Group Assignment:

Copyleaks will report a 100% similarity score when it recognizes the submission for each student in the group as all the same.

In order to avoid this the faculty member will need to deselect the Copyleaks Database check boxes and Save when they set up the group assignment. 

Checkboxes for Copyleaks










Learn more about the tool in the Instructor and Student Resource Guides.

For assistance you can access the Copyleaks Help Centre, or reach out to CATL.


Q. When I duplicate, import or copy an assignment in Canvas, do the Copyleaks settings apply to the newly created assignment?

A. When you duplicate, import or copy an assignment in Canvas, the Copyleaks configuration settings will not be copied/applied to the newly created assignment. You will need to set these on the new assignment.

Q. What if based on the student’s assignment submission, I feel their paper is plagiarized (for example significantly improved writing, sentence construction, so my intuition/experience tells me they did not write it…..but the tool is not showing a plagiarism match, how can that be?

A. The paper may in fact not be plagiarized, there are circumstances where a student can buy an original paper drafted by another person, for example, “unemployed professor website”. As the paper is original content it will not be identified as plagiarized using a detection tool.

Q. Sometimes I find that when I share my Powerpoint presentation with students following a class and they have an assignment on the material, for example journal/entry about their reaction to the content…. they will simply go to my Powerpoint and copy and paste my notes and use for their assignment submission. Is there a way I could see if they have done this using Copyleaks?

A. Yes, if you would like to identify this, you would submit your powerpoint as an assignment submission prior to students submitting their assignment. Therefore, when students subsequently submit, their paper would be compared with your Powerpoint and plagiarism detected.

Q. Is there a way to eliminate the question text from an assignment if the student has copied and used the question text in their submitted assignment?

A. Not a setting you can enable, but as a workaround, you could put the question text in quotations so when the student repeats the question it would be excluded from the originality report. And/or just consider the student has copied the question text and increase the threshold regarding plagiarism.

If you would like to you can subscribe to the Copyleaks Blog.

Canvas Studio is a communication tool that allows faculty and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media.

Canvas Studio Guide

To access the Studio Video tool, go to your Canvas course and click on the Studio icon in your left navigation menu.

icon of screen with play button



Note: Previous Blackboard/TechSmith Knowmia users, all videos that we had in TechSmith Knowmia have now been migrated to Canvas. To access your videos, follow the steps below. Once you have your videos, ensure they are in your courses. Previous Blackboard content you imported may have broken links if the course content is linked to your videos in the old TechSmith Knowmia software.

  1. Go to Canvas
  2. Click on the Studio icon in the global navigation panel
  3. You should see My Library. To the left of that is what I call the hamburger (three horizontal lines), which in Canvas expands your menu. Click on the icon.
  4. You should be taken to an expanded menu, with a Shared with Me link.
    (Your Name) Videos Studio Migration. 
  5. You can then click the 3 dots icon on each video you wish to transfer to your active library. Click Copy to My Library.
  6. From here you can select My Library OR the drop down and select a specific course.  Click Save.

If you require assistance, please log a ticket through TOPdesk.

Linkedin Learning resources are listed under Technology Enabled Learning tab. Click the link below:

Adding Linkedin Learning Content

Click the link to review Classic Quizzes/New Quizzes Comparison Document.

Canvas Instructor Guide, scroll down to view information on new and classic quizzes.

*Essay question types are not auto-graded:

Classic quizzes places a “needs grading” icon in the gradebook. Faculty grade in speedgrader (canvas grading tool). Students see a “needs grading icon”.

New Quizzes places the student’s grade achieved on the auto-graded questions into the gradebook. Students see this grade (but not individual question results). Faculty enter the quiz to grade. 

Discourage or hinder cheating In traditional assessments by: 

Or, give non-traditional assessments:

  • Assess students on authentic activities like group work, real-world case study analysis, and design.
  • Have students create new, unique deliverables, like a new blog, digital artwork, mind maps, and more. 
  • Give students multiple, low-stakes assessments like discussions or short quizzes throughout the semester. 

The Canvas Teacher app allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating-three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes.

Canvas Teacher requires a Canvas account and is available for both Android and iOS devices. Learn how to set up and use the Canvas Teacher app HERE.

The Canvas Student app allows students to access their courses and groups using a mobile device. Students can submit assignments, participate in discussions, view grades and course materials. The app also provides access to course calendars, To-Do items, notifications, and Conversations messages.

Canvas Student requires a Canvas account and is available for both Android and iOS devices. Learn how students would use the app HERE.