Canvas is a web-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. The basic tools used in a Canvas course include a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, email, announcements, grades, exams, and assignments.

Getting Started with the Basic Tools Used in a Canvas Course


There are several ways to get started learning about several important topics in Canvas.

  1. Canvas Student Overview – This introductory Canvas course covers details on many topics including configuring notifications and installing the Canvas Student app on your mobile device.
  2. Canvas Student Overview Video [Canvas Student Overview Transcript (Google)] – This video presents an overview and demonstration of several topics covered in the Canvas Student Overview.
  3. 20 Questions: Canvas – Take the mystery out of Canvas and see how much you know by answering these 20 online trivia questions.

G Suite by Google

To be an effective student you will need to be familiar with Webmail. Your email is a Google Mail or Gmail account. TWU provides you unlimited access to G Suite by Google. This gives you access to additional applications including Calendar, Chrome Sync, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Talk/Hangouts and Vault. Here are some resources:

  1. G Suite Learning Center – Get the most out of G Suite with training guides, tips, and other resources.
  2. 20 Questions: Google – See how much you know about Gmail, Drive and Docs by answering these 20 online trivia questions.

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Page last updated 8:29 AM, January 30, 2019