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You can log into Canvas by going to MyU and clicking on the teaching tab or you can go to to log in to Canvas directly. For more information on using Canvas, The Canvas Learning Center is a Canvas course that teaches how to use Canvas. OIT's Canvas self help guides also provide a detailed list of tutorials.

Academic and Student Affairs offer weekly Canvas Camp sessions where instructors can view presentations on differnt Canvas topics and ask questions. See the Canvas Camp tab below.

Would you like to test something out in Canvas using a development site? You can get a Canvas development site by logging into Canvas, clicking the Help icon on the left and then choosing "Course Request (Non-academic)." The development site will appear at the bottom of your Canvas dashboard.

If you have any questions please email [email protected].

Canvas at the CVM

Who can help me?

Instructional technologists from your department are available to help you with all things related to Canvas and can be reached by email below:


Canvas FAQ's

How can I show and hide content in Canvas?  

How can I add files to my course?

How can I link to other areas of my course?

How do quizzes in Canvas work?

What are some best practices for online examinations?

How do I create assignments in Canvas?

How do I copy content from another Canvas course?


CVM Rotations

Due to recent and frequent changes in our rotation scheduling plan we have had to alter our process for providing Canvas courses to rotations. Rotation courses are now manually created and populated with students by Academic and Student Affairs (ASA). Jenna Carlson ([email protected]) is the main contact for CVM rotation Canvas courses. 


How is this new process different from previous semesters?

Previously, rotation course shells would be automatically generated in Canvas via Peoplesoft data. This would create a separate course for each rotation block with the associated students enrolled. ASA would then combine these blocks of students (Canvas calls them "sections") into one course comprised of each section for the semester; Fall, Spring and Summer.

Currently, Canvas courses are manually created as development sites and students are added 2 weeks prior to the rotation. Rotation sites cannot currently be accessed through the MyU portal and you will need to log into Canvas by going to to view and edit your Canvas rotation site. Also, rotations can now operate on either a 1 week duration or 2 week duration so rather than enrolling students into Canvas sections labeled with a block number we have created sections of students labeled after the start date of each iteration. For example:

September 7th - Week 19 ( 6 Users )

September 14th - Week 20 ( 6 Users )

In previous semesters we have included the the block number in the course name but because blocks are not standard for each rotation in our current situation we have removed this information from the title. our current naming convention looks like this:

CVM 6636 Cardiology (Fa20)


How can I get to my rotation Canvas site?

  1. Log into Canvas by going to
  2. Click "Courses" in the global Canvas navigation and then "View all courses"
  3. Look for your rotation name and desired year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021 etc) 
  4. If your course is not visible contact the course coordinator to enroll you


Rotation Blocks and rotation weeks (Canvas calls blocks "Sections")

In general, rotations operate on a weekly schedule but some still use the classic blocks to group students and assign activities. You can use the calendar below to reference which blocks happen when and we have also included the week information in this calendar if you need to cross reference. If you'd like to add this to your own Google calendar, click the link in the lower right of the calendar that says +Google Calendar. 


How do I find a class list in Canvas?

  1. Click "Grades" on the left in the Canvas navigation menu.
  2. Click the "View" dropdown and select Filters
  3. Make sure that sections has a checkmark by it
  4. The gradebook defaults to showing all sections (this is a Canvas term for blocks) but if you click the "Showing All Sections" dropdown on the top right and choose the desired section to view, it will display the students for just that section.


How do I email students inside of Canvas?

  1. Click the "Inbox" icon to the left to access the Conversations area of Canvas
  2. Click the "Compose a new message" icon to open the message box
  3. Select the course you'd like to receive a message
  4. In the "To" field select the users you'd like to communicate with using the icon to the right
    • Teachers will send a message to anyone enrolled in the course under the Teacher role

    • Students will send a message to every student enrolled in the course across all sections

    • Course Sections will send a message to the section of your choosing if there are multiple sections in your course

    •  If you've set up Student Groups you can choose to send a message this way as well

  5. Enter your subject and message and click Send at the bottom 

This sends a message to students in Canvas and to their UMN email. They will see that it's from Canvas and from the course that you've chosen.

Warning: The course will have to be published and students will have to accept the invitation to Canvas before they can receive emails so it's important that the course availability is communicated to them beforehand.


Canvas Camp

Canvas Camp College of Veterinary Medicine

Canvas Camp is a group of interactive Zoom sessions that go over some of the more advanced functions of Canvas. The sessions are currently happening on Thursdays at Noon and go throughout the Fall 2020 Semester.

Please email Ryan Rupprecht ([email protected]) if interested. Anyone can self enroll in the Canvas Camp course we will be using to provide examples during the Zoom sessions.