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Check out our most frequently asked questions, on-demand videos and text-based instructions for leveraging Canvas effectively.  

Canvas FAQ

How do I get training in Canvas?
When are Canvas sites created?

Canvas sites are created automatically each term through District IT, typically seven weeks before the start of that term. 

How do I access/log into Canvas?

Use your InSite username and password to log into our DVC Canvas site:

Forgot your username or password?  Contact District IT:

Are there department-specific Canvas courses to support instructors?

Yes, many departments host Canvas sites with support materials for their instructors.  Please contact your department chair with inquiries. 

How do I combine sections on Canvas?

Sometimes instructors choose to combine sections on Canvas when teaching more than one section of the same course.  IMPORTANT: The process of combining sections will wipe out any existing content in your Canvas shells.  Before combining sections, be sure your Canvas shells are empty, or create an export of any existing materials to import into your newly combined sections.

    • Log into InSite.
    • Click the "Resources" tile.
    • Click "Canvas Combine Sections."
    • Be sure to review the instructions for keeping interactions between students in differing sections separate (FERPA) before completing your request.  (Learn more in the Guide to Combined Canvas Sections and FERPA and the DVC FERPA Quick Guide.)

See Requesting a Canvas Combo Site for instructions with screenshots.

When can students see our Canvas shell?

Students will not see your Canvas shell until you publish your course.  Before publishing your course, please review our Canvas training materials to ensure your course design is accessible and supports student success.

How do I request an additional Canvas shell?

Please email Jeanette Peavler and/or Kat King with your request.  Sandbox courses are available for faculty to work on course design, for departments, and for faculty training needs. 

Please review the Non-instructional Canvas Shells Guidelines for other shell requests, particularly those that are student-facing.  Then, submit the Non-instructional Canvas Shell Request Form for review by the Distance Education Committee.

How do I wrap up the semester and prepare for the next with Canvas?

Learn how to finalize grades, download course content for your records, and copy Canvas content between semesters in our End-of-semester Canvas and Tech Wrap Up guide.

Beginner's Guide Canvas ShellCanvas Basics - Faculty Guides

For comprehensive training in Canvas, we encourage instructors to take the Beginner's Guide to Teaching with Canvas.  For quick access to common questions, check out our Canvas Basics series with on-demand video and text-based tutorials.  

NEW: RCE Upgrade (the menu above the text entry box where you type in instructions on Canvas)

Canvas upgraded their Rich Content Editor (RCE), so things will look a little different when you create content on Canvas. Learn more about the new interface:

Creating Quizzes

Sharing through Canvas Commons



Additional Canvas support

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Canvas Support
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