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CPP Canvas Community


Learn Canvas

To support the Cal Poly Pomona community in our transition to Canvas, the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) is offering an array of training opportunities to fit every schedule and level of comfort with technologies.

Canvas will be the LMS for ALL classes beginning in Fall 2021. Blackboard will not be available to use with students, but can still be accessed by faculty, beginning in Fall 2021.

Contents of this page:

On-Demand Playlist

Choose these resources if you are an independent learner who wants to work at your own convenience and is comfortable exploring further by yourself.

Video versions provide brief overviews, while Text versions provide detailed instructions and screenshots.


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Canvas Overview (5m 47s) How does Canvas work as a supplement to face-to-face courses?
Course Home Page Customization (3m 25s) How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?
Pages Overview (3m 26s) How do I create a new page in a course?
Announcements Overview (2m 23s) How do I add an announcement in a course?
Modules Overview (4m 12s) How do I use the Modules Index Page?
Calendar Overview (5m 2s) How do I use the Calendar as an instructor?
Notification Preferences (3m 22s) How do I manage notifications for a single course as an instructor?
Course Settings Preferences (5m 49s) How do I use course settings?
Converting a Document into a Canvas Page (4m 59s) How can I convert an MS Word document into a Canvas page?
Chat (2m 19s) How do I use Chat as an instructor?



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Discussions Overview (5m 19s) How do I create a discussion as an instructor?
Assignments Overview (4m 15s) How do I create an assignment?
Quizzes Overview (4m 37s) How do I use the Quizzes Index Page?
Groups (4m 52s) How do I add a group set in a course?
Collaborations (2m 14s) How do I use the Collaborations Index Page?



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Gradebook Overview (9m 7s) How do I use the Gradebook?
Speedgrader Overview (3m 6s) How do I use SpeedGrader?
Conversations (4m 14s) How do I use the Inbox as an instructor?
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What other resources are available for help?

Getting Started with Canvas

Instructure & Canvas Community Resources

24/7 "Tier 1" Canvas Support

Courtesy of CPP IT & IP, we have 24/7 "Tier 1" support for Canvas from now through June 30 next year, for both faculty and students. In addition to our CAFE support, which is only available to faculty and has weekday hours, you can reach out to Canvas directly - and so can your students. To access this help:

  • Log into Canvas
  • See the Global Navigation menu all the way to the left
  • Locate the Help icon (question mark in a circle) at the bottom of that menu
  • Select your preferred help method - you can chat or call the hotline number, in addition to accessing Canvas Guides or submitting a question to the Canvas Community

Additional CAFE Support