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!
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 lynda.iu.edu to log in with your IU credentials. lynda’s course, “Up and Running with Canvas 2015,” features 42 video tutorials.
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.
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.