Frequently Asked Questions

    Getting Started with Canvas

    In this module, we'll cover how to create and edit the basic content types in Canvas.

    Content Types

    Canvas has many useful content types built in, and many more can be added using external tools. This module covers the content types built in to Canvas. Here's a brief overview; we'll dive in deeper later on in the module.

    1. Pages

    These are the building blocks of a Canvas site. You're looking at a page right now! A page can be as simply text-only, or can include embedded images and multimedia. It's possible to create wiki...

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    How to share content in Webex

    Hosts and Presenters


    To begin annotating, click Annotate in the meeting controls. Select a tool for making annotations. To allow other participants to annotate as well, click Annotate in the meeting controls, then select Allow to Annotate.


    To save annotations, click Save Annotations in the tools panel. You can allow participants to save annotations, too, by allowing the Screen Capture privilege to them.


    You can share any file in a WebEx meeting by clicking on Share and then File.This will open...

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    How to upload and embed videos to Canvas via Kaltura

    Kaltura is Harvard GSE's video hosting platform. Kaltura integrates with Canvas via the Media Gallery link in the left-side course navigation menu, and video the toolbar widget in the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Video content can be uploaded to your repostitory and the course repository via either tool. If you choose, you can embed Kaltura content within Canvas pages, discussions, and announcements. Please note that the Media Gallery link is not visible to students; in order to share video with students, it must be embedded in a Canvas content area the students have access to....

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    How to Add Collaborators to a Kaltura Video


    If you would like to give individuals access to your videos so that they can either edit or publish your video(s), or do both on your behalf, you can add them as a collaborator to your video(s) with two levels of permissions. By default the uploader is also called the owner of the video and automatically has full access to editing and publishing the video.



    The Co-Editor permission allows a user access to eidting the video content and meta data associated with the video. The user is not able...

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    How to Publish Videos to a Media Gallery


    Videos that you have uploaded into one course's Media Gallery will not automatically appear in another course's Media Gallery; you have to manually publish them to each course that you would like to share videos to. 

    You are able to publish videos directly from the current course's Media Gallery, or you can publish videos directly from My Media. 

    Once you have published your videos, they will appear in the course's Media Gallery for other course members with staff-level access (TA/TF/Teacher) to view and have access to.

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    Can I control who can see certain pages on my Canvas site?

    Different content within Canvas can be organized and shared in different ways, either by using sections or groups within a Canvas site.

    For instance, you could use sections to apply differentiated due dates for Section A and Section B, for a particular assignment or graded discussion. Groups also function in a similar manner in regards to group assignments.

    For pages, unfortunately there isn't a way to enable/disable a page for a particular group/section of students within a course site. By design pages are intended to be visible to the entire site. In more niche...

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    What notifications are sent out when using Modules in Canvas?

    When Modules are created and published, notifications are not sent out. 

    The only time notifications are sent out for content items within modules is when the content item itself is published, regardless of whether or not the module itself is published or not.

    Note: If you publish the entire module instead of the individual item within a module, then all of the items will be automatically published within the module. The only exception is if you have already...

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    Canvas Basics: Assignments


    Assignments: an introduction

    Assignments are one of the most important components of Canvas.  Assignments are where students will submit work for grading.  Papers, projects, presentations, and even class participation will be graded using assignments.  In the most basic configuration, Assignments allow students to upload their documents to a place where teaching staff can view them and provide feedback.  In more complex configurations, Assignments use...

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