Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I obtain a copy of a lecture video?

    Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide a separate copy of any lecture videos.  These videos are strictly regulated and making additional copies of a lecture video is disallowed by the Harvard Office of General Council.

    Can I have a Canvas site?

    Maybe.  Canvas is primarily used to host course websites associated with Harvard degree programs, however Canvas can also be used for Informal Learning Experiences. 

    Informal Learning Experiences are defined as a time-bound, non-credit learning experience provided by Harvard faculty or staff for Harvard affiliates that contains learning facets such as communication, content creation, content delivery, content collection, assessment.

    Here are a few potential examples of informal learning experiences:

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    How to edit your course list

    Not all of your courses will appear in your Canvas dashboard, the landing page when you log into Canvas. In fact, upcoming courses will likely not appear. You probably want to prioritize seeing current courses over past ones. Here's how to customize which courses appear on your dashboard.

    Click on Courses, then click on All Courses.


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    Students: Will I have access to my readings after the course is over?

    Access to readings, following the conclusion of a course, will be dependent on where each specific reading is hosted. There are four ways that course readings can be hosted on Canvas:

    Readings hosted on Canvas

    Any files or resources that are hosted on the Canvas site itself will always be accessible, even after you graduate. To know if a course reading falls under this category, look for these icons: ...

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    What is the difference between Availability Dates & Due Date?

    Availability dates define when students are able to view assignments and when the last date and time to submit to an assignment is. Availability dates are not required, but may be useful in limiting access if desired.

    Available From: The date and time for when assignments will become accessible by students.

    Available Until: The date and time for when students can no longer submit to an assignment.

    The Due Date defines the date and time when a submission to an assignment is considered late. If...

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    How do I message/email the entire course?

    Option One: Canvas Inbox

    Messaging through the Canvas Inbox is quick and efficient. No extra configuration is necessary, all that is needed are:

    • Course Name(s)
    • Name of recipient(s), role(s), group(s), or section(s).

    Messaging via Inbox allows teachers and teaching staff to message all members within a course, and is also useful when there are specific users to message in addition to any other groups, sections, or role types (...

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    Webex Host Quick Reference

    Managing participants

    To invite people to a meeting in progress, select Invite and Remind from the Quick Start tab. You can invite people by email or by sending a link to your meeting. Select Participant > Entry and Exit Tone to ensure these tones are turned off, as they are potentially disruptive to your meeting.

    It is possible to restrict access to a meeting, preventing anyone new from joining a meeting -- whether they were invited or not. Select Meeting>Restrict Access to do this. Click on Meeting>Restore Access to begin allowing new participants in again.

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    How to Upload/Submit CaptureSpace Recordings


    There are a few different ways to upload your recordings to Canvas, we'll cover each method below depending on if you are submitting to an assignment, or looking to upload and embed your video on a page for everyone in the course to view.

    Uploading and Publishing from CaptureSpace to an Assignment / Page

    After you upload your recording directly from CaptureSpace into Kaltura, you will have to publish your recording later to the respective course's Media Gallery in order for it to be accessible to the course.


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    When are course notifications sent out to users?

    Course notifications are sent out to all members of a course. Notifications are sent out when a specific action has been completed which will trigger a notification to be sent out. For instance, if a new graded assignment was created and saved and published all at once, this would trigger a notification to be sent out to members of the course.

    Note that before a notification can be sent out, the following conditions must be met:

    1. Course is published
    2. User has not disabled notifications to be sent out (same may be...
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    How do time zones work in Canvas?

    Time zones in Canvas are available in three different flavors, and should be configured accordingly in order to display the correct time.

    System-wide time zone: This is the default time zone set by the Canvas administrators that applies to all courses within an account (root-account setting).

    Course time zone: This time zone setting can be changed per course to suit the needs of the teaching team; otherwise it will follow what is the default system-wide time zone

    Personal time zone: ...

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    Can students see old course announcements that were previously imported?

    Yes, students are able to see the previous announcements if they have been imported over into the current site.

    Can they still see announcements if the tab is hidden?

    Yes, they can only access the announcement only from the notification under the Dashboard via the Global/Recent Activity Stream view. They cannot access the announcements page directly using the breadcrumb navigation at the top of the screen after they click on the notification from the global activity stream.