In this supportive guide you will find resources on how to use this tool in your teaching. 

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  • For details on technical help with this tool, please refer to the support section on the main tool page.


Canvas is the Learning Management System used at the University. Throughout the pandemic, instructors have been using Canvas to deliver their courses remotely. Now that some classes have resumed face-to-face teaching, instructors are still using Canvas to: house their course materials, administer quizzes, facilitate asynchronous discussions, and create group assignments. Canvas gives students and Instructors the flexibility they need to teach and learn in many contexts.

Teaching examples


Adopting Canvas in simple and effective ways to actively support students and increase their activity and self-responsibility.

  • Use Canvas Discussion and Peer Feedback tools in your course, including for in-person classes. This can provide space for deeper thinking and intentional collaboration, as well as create an opportunity for students to receive feedback from their peers. The amount of student activity in your online course is predictive of student success.
  • Use Canvas features to make your course more accessible for all students and increase their access and ability to take responsibility for their learning
  • Increase student connection through Canvas using groups, zoom meetings, discussions, and the chat tool.
  • Make use of the Quiz tool or embed H5P activities to provide students with opportunities for formative assessment.
  • Provide students with rubrics through Canvas Assignments to help convey clear and transparent expectations for assessments.
  • Use LaTeX to create mathematical expressions.


Further use of Canvas that facilitates key aspects of student’s individual and collaborative learning and assessment through increasing their choice and control.


Developed use of Canvas that requires higher order of individual and collaborative learning that reflects how knowledge is created and used in the professional environment.

  • Use the Pressbooks integration for students to modify or create an open textbook
  • Use the integrations for Padlet for students to engage in collaborative brainstorming, resource sharing, or planning that can be shared beyond those in the class.

Resources to support

*The links below may require a USask NSID login to access.
USask KB Article(s) Canvas Faculty FAQ
GMCTL Educatus (Blog) Category: all Canvas articles