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Canvas - FAQ (Students)
This article explains answers to some frequently asked questions about Canvas for students.
How do I log in to Canvas?
UChicago students can use their CNetID and password to log in to Canvas.
How do I know if my course is in Canvas or Chalk?
During the transition period, instructors can choose to use Canvas or Chalk. Your instructors will be able to direct you to the platform they use.
How do I access my courses? I cannot find them on my dashboard.
If you are enrolled in a course through the Registrar, you should automatically have access to a course once enrollment data is updated. Updates usually take place within twenty-four hours, but this may vary depending on departmental approval and other factors.
If you are registered in a course but you do not see it in your dashboard, there may be a few reasons:
- It is not selected to display on your course dashboard. See the guide How do I customize my Courses list as a student? at the Canvas Community website to learn how to correct this.
- The quarter has not begun and the course is listed as future enrollment. See the guide How do I view my Canvas courses as a student? at the Canvas community website.
- Your instructors have not published the course and it is not yet available to students.
- During the Chalk-to-Canvas transition period, some of your courses may be in Chalk.
- See the Canvas Community guide Which browsers does Canvas support? to confirm that your browser is up to date. Outdated browsers cannot support Canvas courses.
I do not see certain left navigation items, such as Assignment, Discussion, or Quizzes, in a course.
Instructors can customize the course left navigation and remove them from access.
Where are my course documents?
Your instructor may organize course material within Canvas in a number of ways. We list a few common methods below:
Modules is a tool used to consolidate all course content into structural components. Within a module, students can click Next at the bottom of a page to advance to the next item. Module content can be grouped by week, topic, or day.
Instructors may set up modules to require students to complete materials sequentially. Should you leave the module for any reason, you can always return to it by clicking Modules in the left navigation. you can save your place in a module by opening links in a new tab
- Windows: Ctrl + click
- Mac: Shift + click.
A page allows instructors to create text and multimedia content for a Canvas course. Instructors may link to these pages on the Home or Syllabus page; or, depending on the course setup, you may be able to view a list of pages by clicking Pages > View All Pages at top of the page.
- Files or Box
If the primary purpose of the course site is to distribute course files, your instructors may enable the Files link and use folders to organize all course files.
Note: You can download multiple files. To select files:
- Windows: Ctrl+click to select multiple, non-consecutive files; Ctrl+Shift+click to select multiple consecutively listed files.
- Mac: Command+click to select multiple, non-consecutive files; Shift+click to select multiple consecutively listed files. Alternatively, your instructor may activate Canvas-UChicago Box integration and share course files via UChicago Box. If this is the case, you will see a Box link in the course menu. The interface will guide you through the set up process.
- Quick Links to Assignments, Collaborations, Discussions, and Quizzes
Canvas automatically collates links belonging the same category of course activities--Assignments, Google Doc Collaboration, Discussion boards, and Quizzes. If your instructors enable these links in the Course Menu, you can quickly navigate to a particular item using these links.