Thank you for being a part of Vanguard’s quality educational experience for our students. One way in which we serve our students is by having a centralized place in which they can track their progress in classes; see all their assignments in a centralized calendar; and receive written, spoken, and other types of feedback from their professors.
Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) we use as a central place for students’ course materials (syllabi, resources, videos, etc.), submitting assignments, and receiving feedback.
Get Started with Canvas
The videos are accompanied by Self-Guided Modules that have screen shots of each of the actions to take in accomplishing a task.
You will quickly outgrow the basics that are articulated in the four-part video series and will be ready for Canvas’ extensive resources on using Canvas.
- The Canvas Basics guide is a good place to explore some of the features that are in Canvas, so you can prioritize which ones you’re most interested in learning more about first.
- The Instructor guide is the single place for finding out about all the features that are available on Canvas.
- If you prefer to learn via video, instead of written guides, the Canvas Video guide has you covered.
Whenever you are logged in to Vanguard’s Canvas site, you have access to 24/7 help desk support direct from Canvas.
You can elect to use their (1) LiveChat feature and type back-and-forth, or to (2) call them on the phone. One nice aspect of their help desk support is that it is context-sensitive, meaning that they can help you directly in the course that you’re working on and not be restricted to more general guidance.
Get Ideas from the Canvas Community
Canvas has a robust community that can assist you with finding answers to your questions, sharing your ideas for how to make Canvas better, and engaging in groups that are specific to topics of interest.
What’s Coming Next
If you want to see what others in the community have proposed as ideas for making Canvas better, you can (1) browse and vote on feature improvements. Also available in this section are lists of what’s being explored on the (2) product radar, which features are (3) in development, and what is currently being tested by institutions in the (4) beta version of Canvas.
If your department would like some Canvas training, the Institute for Faculty Development can assist you with that. However, there are also various kinds of training made available direct from Canvas and members of the community on a regular basis.
Instructure Events Training
Vanguard has a paid account with Instructure (the people who make Canvas) for their library of live Canvas courses from 5/31/17-5/30/18.
It is a two-step process to sign up for these training classes from Canvas:
Courses are repeated often and at different times of the day/night. Many of them are designed to build upon past courses, so take a look at the listings to see if there are any prescribed prerequisites for a given class. One class that may be of particular interest to the Vanguard community is the one on assignments.
Canvas LIVE Events
Even after our Instructure Events Training expire, there will still be plenty of ways to learn more about Canvas on an ongoing basis through the CanvasLIVE community.
CanvasLIVE offers all sorts of live events, from Twitter chats to panels and from presentations to demos.
As you get more involved in the Canvas community, you may want to adjust your user preferences to suit your needs. You can determine how often you’ll be emailed (if at all), what time zone you’re in (no wonder I was having everything be reflected in Mountain Time), and whether or not you’ll receive an email when there’s a live training going on.