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Create Audio Recordings Using the Canvas Rich Content Editor

Above is a general video about the Rich Content Editor. 

The Rich Content Editor is the toolbar where you find often-used tools and features. You will recognize this rich content editor as it resembles the toolbar from almost any application that you've used. The Rich Content Editor in Canvas gives you access to the Media Recorder, which will enable you to record audio or video directly into your Canvas course wherever you see the Rich Content Editor. Which is virtually everywhere in Canvas. 

Below is a specific tutorial about the Media Recorder. 

Canvas: Embedding Video into Your Course

You can embed video from most websites on the internet easily and elegantly in your Canvas course. This is the preferred way to provide video content within Canvas, as opposed to uploading the video to your Files area and linking to it from a page or module.

PROS to Embedding

  1. Video playback is more reliable
  2. Video does not use up file storage space in your course's File Tab
  3. Video player typically has added functionality such as fullscreen, captions, etc.

CONS to Embedding

  1. If the owner of the video takes it down, your embedded video will no longer be available obviously.

Warning IconIs your video content captioned? If it's not, you can have it captioned for free!
We strongly recommend this, students with hearing impairments don't always let faculty know that they need captions, especially in larger classes.


Canvas: Collaborations

The Collaborations feature in Canvas allows direct access to Google Docs from your course, giving both you and your students a collaborative space for document creation and editing.

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Canvas Peer Review


Canvas has a built-in Peer Review Feature that works well. Here's a tutorial on how to create a Peer Review Assignment in Canvas, but you can find more resources about Peer Review in Instructure's Guides.

QFT Tech Tip IconTech Tip: When setting up a Peer Review Assignment, some instructors use the Due Date (1) for the assignment will apply to students turning in their work. There is no function to assign a due date for students to review each other's work. However, you can use the assignment availability (2) as the deadline for reviews. The assignment availability will make the assignment unavailable for all students. [See screenshot below.]


Peer Review screenshot showing due date inside assignment interface


Canvas: Controlling Access to Courses Through Term Dates

The term dates in Canvas will be concluded approximately three weeks after the end of each semester, including summer sessions.

After a course's term date has been ended, the following happens:

  • Students CANNOT participate in interactive course features such as Discussion Boards or reply to Announcements,
  • Students CANNOT upload work for assignments
  • Students CANNOT email other students
  • Students CAN email instructors
  • Students CAN download their uploaded homework files from assignments and course material files
  • Course will appear in Past Enrollments of the "View All or Customize" page in the courses menu. (See below.)



For instructors, the following will happen:

  • Instructors CANNOT create Announcements or Discussions
  • Instructors CANNOT publish or unpublish modules, pages, files, or assignments
  • Instructors CANNOT email students from Canvas
  • Instructors CAN email other instructors and TAs
  • Instructors CAN download student work from assignments
  • Course will appear in Past Enrollments of the "View All or Customize" page in the courses drop-down menu. (See above.)

To regain the functionality of the disabled features listed above, you must contact the UT Service Desk and request access to extend your course term date.

After this access has been granted:



Go to your course Settings (1) and then enter a new end date (2). This new end date can be a date as far in the future as you wish.


If you do not want your students to be able to access the course content, you can hide content areas like Files, Modules, and Assignments. To learn how to do this, view the tutorial Navigation: Controlling Student Access to Course Content.




Don't forget to click the "Update Course Settings" button at the bottom of the page when you're finished.

Canvas: Change Grading Scheme

If you would like to define your own grading scheme in Canvas, this tutorial will help you do this. The snapshot below is the DEFAULT grading scheme in Canvas.

Default Grading Scheme in Canvas


Canvas: Overview of Communication Features

This video covers communication in Canvas using the following features:

  • Announcements
  • Discussions
  • Conversations (Email)
  • Gradebook 
  • Speedgrader

Canvas: Get Student Feedback with a Mid-Semester Survey

Mid-course feedback enables instructors to fine-tune a course that is already in progress. Gathering this type of feedback sends a message to students that you care about their success in the course. 

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To get honest feedback from students, make the survey anonymous.  


To assist you, the Faculty Innovation Center has created a global question bank that consists of mid-course related questions. You can use all, some, or none of the questions in this question bank.

Step 1: Create a New Quiz

Go to your Quizzes Tab (1) in your left course navigation bar. Then select (2) the "+ Quiz" button.

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Step 2: Configure Your Quiz as a Survey

The Settings tab will open and you can add a quiz/survey title (1) directions (2), select your assesement type (3) from the drop-down menu—in this case ungraded survey—and a variety of other quiz/survey settings to configure the administration of your assessment. Don't forget to save (5) your work!  

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Step 3: Import Mid-Semester Feedback Questions

In the new quiz creation area, select the (1) Questions Tab and then the (2) "Find Question" button.

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Step 4: Select Questions to Import

The Mid-Semester Feedback question bank will appear in the left margin, select (1) it and (2) check the boxes next to the questions that you would like to import into your survey from the Mid-Semester Feedback question bank.

Note: You can edit questions after you've added them to your survey. Notice that some of the Mid Semester questions contain instructions for the group of questions that follow.

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Canvas: Using Modules to Save Time

Modules allow instructors to centralize and consolidate all their course materials in one place. By doing this you will accomplish the following:

  1. Cut down on students emails asking you or TAs where to find course materials
  2. Allow you to hide items from your left-hand course navigation that students won't need
  3. Simplify your the look and feel of your course to reduce student anxiety


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Canvas: User Interface Overview

This video gives you a brief overview of the Canvas interface. There may be a number of functions and features you didn't know existed in Canvas.