Canvas How-To Topics

Canvas How-To Topics

Curious about how to create a Canvas assignment or announcement? Wondering how to setup a quiz or manage grades in Canvas? This page provides links to several how-to documents to help you navigate Canvas at the UO.

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Announcements and Email Communication

  • Canvas users are able to communicate with their students using both the announcement tool and the email tool.
  • Announcements can go to students as an email and be placed on the course home page. 


  • Assignments are the building blocks for Canvas Gradebook. We create assignments to make columns in the gradebook.
  • We can group assignments to apply rules or weights.
  • We can create assignments for individual students or groups of students.
  • We can also have them do peer-reviews of each others work.


  • The discussion forum allows us to have discussions with the entire class or smaller group discussions.
  • They provide a great place for students to share and expand their understanding.

Files, Modules, Pages and Navigation

  • You can upload files to the file area one at a time or all at once as a ZIP file and organize them into a folder structure.
  • Modules are a system of "containers" in Canvas that allow you to organize your course content and to create dynamic pathways for student learning.
  • Pages are a great tool for providing students with structure and what the goals or objectives are for the week or unit.
  • We can add external content as well as internal Canvas content to pages to streamline navigation for students so they can focus on engaging in the course materials.


  • The gradebook has all of your graded work including graded quizzes, discussions, and assignments and will calculate a final grade including the letter which can be imported into DuckWeb.
  • You can control the release of grades and feedback in the gradebook globally or assignment by assignment.
  • The gradebook offers a variety of views and filters to enable you to zoom into specific areas or groups of assignments.

People and Groups

  • We can create groups for our students to work in for projects, studying, or just staying connected.
  • Groups will have their own mini-site inside the main Canvas site where they can create announcements, post to discussion boards, and share files.


  • The quiz tool enables us to use groups of questions so we can make unique exams for every student.
  • We can upload exam questions to question banks from publishers or Word documents.

For further assistance, UO Online & Canvas Support is available.

  • In-Person: Room 68 PLC  
  • By phone: (541) 346-1942  
  • By email:  
  • Submit a Service Portal Ticket (opens in a new tab). This form can also be accessed in Canvas from the Help button at the bottom of the Global Navigation Menu