Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System. Access can be found by logging in to the Sign-On Portal at https://signon.stjohns.edu
Once your department assigns your courses and they are input into Canvas, you will be able to add your course material. If you would like to prepare your work in Canvas, you can use the blank course provided.
Below are resources and instructions to get started with in Canvas. We also have some other tools used to complete common teaching tasks online.
Access St. John's University's Canvas LMS at signon.stjohns.edu. Use your St. John's email address and password to log into Okta. Once you log into Okta, click on the app for Canvas.
Upload your syllabus so that students will understand how to succeed in your course.
How do I Use the Syllabus
How do I Edit the Syllabus
Create or upload readings and other material required for students to complete the course.
How to Create a Module
How to Create a Page
This guide provides instructors with the key actions and resources to shift to Canvas as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Log in to Canvas, and complete the following tasks to make courses live in Canvas.
Log in and edit personalized settings in Canvas that will get you started. Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas.
What are Profile and User Settings?
How to Change Your Settings?
Begin editing your Canvas homepage and add a course syllabus.
The Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. What should you know about the Home Page:
How to Change a Course Home Page
How to set a Front Page as a Home Page
The Syllabus in Canvas makes it easy to communicate to your students exactly what will be required of them throughout the course in chronological order. The syllabus is a snapshot of all assignments and graded materials for the course. Items and Dates in the Syllabus are automatically generated as you add graded assignments, quizzes, discussions, calendar events, etc. Students can see all the work that will be done in the course with due dates listed in the Syllabus.
Syllabuses can be shared with users not currently enrolled in your course, if they are made public. If you want, you can even set the syllabus to be the Home Page of your course so that students are reminded of assignments, tests, and other items on the Syllabus every time they open your course.
How do I Use the Syllabus?
Organize each week's materials, activities, and assignments to guide students in navigating your Canvas course.
Modules are how you can set the flow of your course. You can organize content within your course by weeks, chapters, or however you want. You can create a flow so that students have to complete a module before they can view the next module in the flow.
Some benefits to using Modules:
Modules can be viewed, created, and edited in courses under the Module area in the course navigation.
How Do I Add a Module?
How Do I Edit a Module?
Make course content available to begin teaching through Canvas. Anything that you create or upload into Canvas will be either Published or Unpublished. When something is unpublished, only you the instructor can see the content, this includes your entire course.
Courses in your Dashboard will be categorized by Published and Unpublished courses. You will have to publish your course so that students can access your course. Once your course is Published, students in the course will be able to access it.
Publishing your course will give your students access to your course, but if content within your course is not published, they will not be able to interact with it. Because of this, you should be attentive on what you have published in your course and what you have unpublished in your course. Students cannot take a test, submit an assignment, or view a page if it is not published.
You can always unpublish content or courses, if needed.
How Do I Publish a Course?
How Do I Publish / Unpublish a Page
How do I publish or unpublish a module as an Instructor?
How do I publish or unpublish an assignment as an instructor?
Access announcements and messaging features to welcome students to your course.
Announcements allow you to communicate with students about course activities and post course-related topics. If you have posted any announcements, students will see a notification on the course card when they log into Canvas. In addition to the notification, announcements are sent to students' emails immediately unless students have change their notification settings.
Announcements are sent to all members of the course and users are able to respond to an announcement or even react with a like to the announcement. You are able to create an announcement in advance and have it posted at a specific time if you want.
How do I add an Announcement?
Your course will need to be published before you can use the Canvas Inbox features to send emails to students in your course. The Canvas Inbox displays all Canvas Conversations (the internal messaging system in Canvas). Canvas Inbox is easy to use and is connected to your university email address. Canvas Conversations can be received via in Canvas, your email, or any Notification pathway that you linked to your profile and can be answered through any of these methods as well.
All communication through the Inbox is saved in Canvas. Students enrolled in your course are pre-populated in your address book for quick communication. If you no longer need a conversation, you can always archive it so that it no longer appears, but if needed in the future you can always get the conversation back.
How do I Use the Inbox?
Video: Course & Student Analytics Overview (Links to an external site.)
Video: New Analytics Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Announcements (Links to an external site.)
Video: Announcements Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Assignments (Links to an external site.)
Video: Assignments Overview (Links to an external site.)
You can use the Attendance tool online or face-to-face courses.
Guide: Attendance (Roll Call) (Links to an external site.)
Video: No video available.
You can add Assignment links to the Calendar, or create individual events on the Calendar
Guide: Calendar (Links to an external site.)
Video: Calendar Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Discussions (Links to an external site.)
Video: Discussions Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: ePortfolios (Links to an external site.)
Guide: External Apps (LTI) (Links to an external site.)
Files can be Viewable to students when the tool is enabled.
Guide: Files (Links to an external site.)
Video: Files Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Grades (Links to an external site.)
Video: Gradebook Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: SpeedGrader (Links to an external site.)
Video: SpeedGrader Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Groups (Links to an external site.)
Video: Groups Overview (Links to an external site.)
Inbox internal messaging within Canvas.
Guide: Inbox (Links to an external site.)
Video: Inbox Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Modules (Links to an external site.)
Video: Modules Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Pages (Links to an external site.)
Video: Pages Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Quizzes Features (Links to an external site.)
Video: Quizzes Overview (Links to an external site.)
Guide: Rubrics (Links to an external site.)
Video: Rubrics Overview (Links to an external site.)
All Canvas Instructor Guides (Links to an external site.)
All Canvas Instructor Videos
Canvas Instructor Guide
Canvas Community Homepage
Canvas LMS on YouTube
Training on LinkedIn Learning
(If you need assistance logging in to LinkedIn Learning, please see SJU HR Training and Development)
To make your course ADA complaint, you can use the accessibility checker. To learn how to use the checker, go to How to use the Accessibility Checker.
A course can be a total of 1Gb in size. In most cases, media files count for course size than any other data. Media files are generally video and audio files that reside within your course. We recommend that you place all media files in One Drive (where you have 1TB of storage), Panopto, or studio. Media files placed in these locations and then linked in your course do not count against your total course size.
Students are limited to 50MB. Files posted on a discussion board do not count towards the limit for the individual that posted the file or the course. Also, Files posted to an assignment do not count towards the threshold as long as they are graded.
How Do I Cross-List in Canvas?