Get to know Canvas

IU’s online learning environment, Oncourse, is on its way out. It might, in fact, be gone by the time this post is published. Canvas is already here!

First, if you’ve used Oncourse in the past and have files stored in the Resources area, read this IU Knowledge Base document to find out how to move them. Your next step is learning how to use Canvas. In this post, I’ll point you to some resources that will help you do just that!

Indiana University Canvas

Canvas: Basics for Students

This webinar provides a brief overview of some of the most common Canvas activities for students, as well as an introduction to other resources that are available to help you. Specifically you’ll learn how to:

  • set your notification preferences
  • use the messages tool (inbox)
  • access your assignments and tests
  • view your grades
  • access your group site

No sessions are currently scheduled for this one, but you can catch the recorded webinar here.

IT Training Tips Blog

The Tips blog has some articles to help you get the most out of Canvas. Take a look at “Uploading Assignments in Canvas at IU,” and “Canvas spotlight: The Calendar Tool,” for some good advice on using some of Canvas’ features.

You can find help with Canvas here. Go to to log in with your IU credentials. lynda’s course, “Up and Running with Canvas 2015,” features 42 video tutorials.

Inside Canvas

You can also get help directly from Canvas. Just click the help button when you’re in the application to find a variety of support options.

The help section on Canvas

Once you start using Canvas, you’ll get a feel for how it works. If you’re used to Oncourse, I think you’ll like Canvas more.

Feel free to let us at IT Training know if you have specific Canvas questions.

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Laura Reed

Social Media Coordinator

Laura has worked for UITS for over 14 years.She is currently IU IT Training's social media coordinator. She is a grad student in Library Science and has a penchant for reference and content curation. She dances, acts, sings, and does visual art in her spare time.