Canvas is Middlebury’s learning management system, and is used widely by faculty and students. Faculty who choose to use the platform can provision Canvas sites via Course Hub. Please note that Canvas sites are not created automatically.
Canvas allows you to:
- Conduct online, asynchronous discussions with your students;
- Collect assignments, provide feedback, and post grades;
- Post links; upload documents, videos, audio files, and more;
- Post deadlines and reminders through the calendar and announcements;
- Manage group work assignments;
- Integrate video conferencing with individual students, a whole class, or guest speakers;
- Communicate easily with the whole class, specific groups, or individual students.
All Middlebury faculty, students, and staff can log into Canvas using their Middlebury credentials (just your username and password—no need for the entire email address unless you’re using a Middlebury guest account).
Logging into your account:
- Go to middlebury.instructure.com.
- Enter your Middlebury credentials
You can also access Canvas from your mobile devices via the Canvas app:
- Logging in to Canvas
- Create a New Canvas Site with Course Hub
- Sharing a site between multiple sections (aka Connecting Canvas sites)
- Copy Content from One Canvas Site to Another
- Adding Participants or Co-Teachers to a Site
- Request a Canvas Site for Co-curricular, Administrative, or Other Purposes
Canvas Commons & Canvas Templates
The Canvas Commons streamlines sharing and replicating learning activities through Canvas. With Commons, you can share the resources you create in Canvas with other Middlebury faculty. When you share a resource to the Commons, no student data will be included. Your colleagues can then download that content and use it in their own Canvas sites. You can share different levels of resources to the Commons, including:
- a cool homepage you designed
- an assignment with specific settings your colleagues might want to replicate
- your entire course
If you don’t want to to design your Canvas site from scratch, a number of templates are available to you via the Commons. To learn more about the Canvas Commons and how to use it, see this resource.
Sample Canvas Site
Designing Homepages in Canvas
Please feel free to browse this site as a student:
INTD 0254A: Sample Site https://middlebury.instructure.com/enroll/8TPT8T
Contact us if you would like to have access to the site as a teacher.
Self-paced Canvas Learning Resources
- This self-guided Canvas course is designed to help Middlebury students get to know Canvas. While Instructure—the makers of Canvas LMS—provides guides for Canvas users (both instructors and learners), this course provides a step-by-step tour of the most common learning management features.
- Follow this link to login to Middlebury Canvas and access this self-guided resource with a focus on teaching in the Canvas environment. Working through this Canvas resource is highly recommended for all faculty new to the platform. For those interested in Canvas’ pedagogical affordances, check out this blogpost. We have also offered a series of workshops based on this self-guided resource, recordings available:
- Part 1 Recording
- Global settings and user interface
- Course details, settings and navigation
- Homepage optimization
- What to talk to your students about on the first day of class
- Part 2 Recording
- Part 1 Recording
Canvas Support Documentation & Resources offered by Instructure
- Canvas Faculty Getting Started Guide Searchable FAQ format for instructors – a great post training or just-in-time learning reference.
- Self-Paced Canvas Instructor Orientation Course
- Instructure, the makers of Canvas, provide video tutorials for the learning management system on their YouTube channel
- Canvas Online Tour for Instructors
- Live Canvas Fundamentals Webinars (offered by Instructure)
- Canvas Student Guides
- The Davis Family Library Mediawiki has several pages dedicated to Canvas, as well
Troubleshooting & Help
For tech support/trouble shooting, please refer to the 24/7 phone and chat support available to you via the Help tab in Canvas. Additional resources include: