Canvas is UNCG’s Learning Management System (LMS) and it is frequently updated. Canvas allows instructors and students to create and interact with educational and collaborative content beyond the traditional classroom. Canvas includes basic functionality for managing enrollments, sharing documents, submitting assignments, and assigning grades, as well as personalized features for individual students.

To access Canvas, navigate to Use your UNCG credentials (username and password) to log in. You will have direct access to your dashboard where all your courses are located.

To learn more about Canvas, please contact your Academic Technology Specialist.

Instructor Information Center

Canvas has many features to assist you with designing interactive courses for your students. Instructure created a complete Canvas Instructor Guide. For more detailed information about using Canvas, all SON instructors should have access to the SON Canvas Essentials for Faculty course located in Canvas. If you don't have access to this course, please contact your ITC. When setting up your course(s) for each semester. Please read and adhere to the following guidelines. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact your ITC by filling out the Consultation Form for a One-on-One meeting.


As you begin developing your course content, it’s critical to make sure that you’re abiding by the University’s legal requirements. Because laws may change, please check with the University Policy Manual for the most current legal restrictions.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) “prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.” Here are some tips for making your Canvas course compliant with ADA requirements:
  • Place a statement on your syllabus informing students of how to contact the OARS (Office of Accessibility Resources and Services) office
  • Closed captions are text captions synchronized with video and audio. All videos in your online course must be closed-captioned. One easy way to address this is to use videos accessible through the University Libraries streaming services.
  • The alternate text refers to brief captions, or text descriptions, used by screen readers to describe what is portrayed in the image. Any images in your online course, whether uploaded directly to Canvas or placed in PowerPoint or Word docs must have alternate text descriptions.
  • Use built-in formatting tools for text, and do not rely on colors and tables to convey information.
  • Create PDF files from original text documents and use the accessibility tools available in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Be prepared to give approved students additional time on timed quizzes.
Detailed instructions on how to do all of these things can be found here: Tips for Making Your Canvas Course ADA Compliant

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) “is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.” To comply with FERPA requirements, instructors must ensure that grades and other private student data are not accessible by other students or the public. Some tips:
  • Keep grades in the LMS to ensure that grades remain private.
  • Only enroll TAs and other instructors in your online courses if they have a legitimate need to be in the course. TAs must take the appropriate TA training before they can be added to a course.

Quality Matters and C-RAC Checklists

Any new online course that is developed, as well as any existing online course that goes through a major update/redesign, should meet all the criteria in the Quality Matters Checklist (linked HERE) as well as the C-RAC Guidelines Checklist (linked HERE). More information on both of these requirements can be found HERE in the Curriculum Guide.


Copyright is a complicated issue, especially in online education. At a minimum, instructors should follow the fair use guidelines when determining whether to use sources in an online course. Fair use looks at the following factors:
  • Character and purpose of the proposed use
  • Nature of the work to be used
  • Effect on the market or potential market for the work
  • Amount and sustainability of the portion to be used
For more information, see:

New quizzes are here! They aren’t a replacement for the quizzes you’re used to in Canvas — not just yet (Eventually they will be!). When creating a quiz, you will have the option to choose whether you want to add a classic quiz or a new quiz. It’s anticipated that all classic quizzes will convert to new quizzes at some point in the future and the option to choose will go away. Now is your perfect opportunity to learn about new quizzes and get comfortable with them prior to the conversion.

Changes to Canvas Quizzes- (Link to ITS News)


The Rich Content Editor (RCE) is used to add and format content in Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, and the Syllabus. [NOTE: For more detailed information, please go to the (ORG) SON Faculty Essentials Course]
The improvements to the RCE include the following new features and functions:
  • The toolbar has a condensed, more intuitive look.
  • The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas files, or accessing uploaded media.
  • Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions.
  • The RCE expands to the full width of the browser.
  • The RCE auto-saves content for up to one hour.

This video will guide instructors on how to use the new Rich Content Editor. Additional information is available in the Canvas Guides.


Canvas’ New Analytics tool provides a richer experience for course data, including grades and weekly online activity, includes mobile page views, and refreshes data every 24 hours. This New Analytics Overview video provides more information about this new tool, as well as the Canvas Guides.


Rubrics are now accessed from the course navigation instead of the Outcomes page. This guide will show you how to create a rubric in your course.


By default, students can submit assignments an unlimited number of times. This new feature allows instructors to limit the number of attempts for an assignment.

Combine (cross-list) courses

Cross-listing allows you to move section enrollments from individual courses and combine them into one course. This feature is helpful for instructors who teach several sections of the same course and only want to manage course data in one location. Cross-listing should be done while courses are unpublished. Coursework is retained with the course, not with the section enrollments so if a published course is cross-listed, all cross-listed enrollments will lose any associated assignment submissions and grades. Check out how do I cross-list a section in a course as an instructor (guide) to learn more.

Copy course content

Did you know that you can copy content such as assignments, modules, pages, and discussions,  from previous Canvas courses into an existing course?  Take a look at this Canvas Guide, How do I copy content from another Canvas Course? to learn how to import an entire course or parts of a previous course into your upcoming courses. If you are not enrolled in both of the courses and need assistance with a course copy, please complete the Canvas course copy form.

Canvas Direct Share

Did you know that you can easily share content directly in Canvas with other instructors using Direct Share? Direct Share allows instructors to copy individual items (Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, and Pages) to another course and share individual items (Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, and Pages) with other instructors at UNCG directly from within Canvas. By clicking on the three dots beside the edit button, you get the options to send to or copy to, which will allow you to send the same content to one or more instructors or locate a course (select a module if applicable) that you would like to copy the content into.

Update Zoom

Zoom updates do not happen automatically, so check often to ensure you have the most up-to-date version. Review the Upgrade/update to the latest version article from the Zoom Help Center or view the video below to see how you can update your version of Zoom. Zoom requires that your version is no more than nine months behind the current version at any given time. If your version falls behind the nine-month window, you will be prompted to update the software.

UDOIT user guide

UDOIT  (user guide) scans your Canvas course, generates a report of accessibility issues that could impede your students’ ability to learn, and provides resources for addressing these issues.

Canvas Course Copy Form

Use the link below to fill out the Canvas course copy form if you would like to have the ITC copy your courses over for you.

2021-2022 Course Copy Form

Setting up your course in 30 minutes or less

Here are a few videos to help you set up your course in 3o minutes or less. If you need additional help, please consider attending the Tech-Lab sessions on Tuesdays from 10-11 am or Fridays from 10-1 pm. You may email your ITC to schedule the day and time or use the consultation form to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Canvas Course Checklist

Please click the link below to utilize the using the course checklist to set up your Canvas courses.

Canvas course setup checklist

New Online Course Creation Checklist

Please use the following checklist for setting up a new Online course

New Online Course Creation Checklist