Canvas is Middlebury’s learning management system, and course sites can be provisioned using CourseHub.
Canvas allows you to:
- Conduct online, asynchronous discussions with your students;
- Provide feedback and post grades for assignments;
- Upload documents, videos, audio files, and more;
- Post deadlines and reminders through the calendar and announcements;
- Manage group work assignments;
- Connect via video conference with individual students, a whole class, or guest speakers.
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:
Creating a Site
Create a New Canvas Site with Course Hub
Faculty can create Canvas sites from the Course Hub (Links to: College / Schools Hub | Institute Hub). Please note that Canvas sites created through the Course Hub will not be available students until the site is published. (see: Setting up a Site below)
1. At the Course Hub, log in and click on the manage resources button to the left of each course listing.
2. Click on the “add a resource” button:
3. Choose “Canvas Resource” from among the different options available, scroll down and click SAVE. Wait a moment until you see a link to the Canvas server on your Course Hub page.
4. By default your Canvas site will be created as unpublished to give you a chance to add content before students can see it.
Once you are ready to give students access, you can publish the Canvas site by going to your Canvas site and clicking the “publish” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Please note that you will also need to publish the components that you are using (for example: Modules, Quizzes, Pages, etc.)
Request a Canvas Site for Co-curricular, Administrative, or Other Purposes
If you need a Canvas site for a co-curricular program, workgroup, or other purpose, review the steps for submitting a Help Desk ticket.
Copy Content from One Canvas Site to Another
1. Create a new site. See “Create a New Canvas Site with Course Hub” directions above.
2. Review this Canvas Guide with steps to import your Canvas content from a previous term into the Canvas site for a new term.
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
- Designing Homepages in Canvas
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
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.
Canvas at Middlebury – Some History
Middlebury adopted the Canvas LMS to replace Moodle. Fall 2016 was the final academic term for provisioning Moodle sites via the Course Hub. Provisioning Moodle course sites from Course Hub is no longer supported. Access to Moodle content from previous terms will be maintained in an archive format through the end of Dec 2018.
- Learn more about accessing the archive, creating back-ups of content and importing content from the Moodle to Canvas
For tech support/trouble shooting, please refer to the 24/7 phone and chat support available to you via the Help tab in Canvas.
Refer to the how-to-guides above:
- To get oriented to the platform
- To create new Canvas sites
- To rollover content from previous sites
- To refresh yourself on how Canvas works
You can also contact us with questions.