Getting Started in Canvas

Are you new to working in Canvas, or do you just need a place to practice some basic skills? Online Education offers a self-paced Canvas basics course called Let's Get This Canvas StartedYou can use Let's Get This Canvas Started as a reference guide or take it as a course, completing the homework assignments at the end of each Module. A Canvas expert will give you feedback on your submissions. Get started by joining the ongoing course in Canvas.

Add the Summer Intro Module

Please add the Summer Introduction Module to your Canvas course and open it one week before your class starts. (You’ll have to publish your course first. And remember that you can publish modules and individual items selectively, which means that you don’t have to publish anything but the Introduction Module before the first day of instruction.) 

There are two ways to add the Introduction Module to your course:

  1. Import it from Canvas Commons. On the homepage of your Canvas course, click on “Import from Commons” and search for “UCSC Summer Introduction Module.”
  2. Contact the Online Education office at and they’ll do it for you.

In either case, you can preview the Introduction Module here

Opening your Introduction Module as early as possible will:

  1. Cut down on unnecessary emails to you about how and when to get into the class.
  2. Put students’ minds at ease.
  3. Ensure students are aware of the unique summer deadlines and policies around adding, dropping, and the waitlist. 

Default Open and Close Dates

Summer Session Canvas courses open on the first day of the course session and close on the last day.

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