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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.

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 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

Canvas course shells are populated for each fall, spring and summer semester based on Peoplesoft data. Each section of a rotation will automatically obtain a separate Canvas course shell about 4 months before that semester begins. The staff at Academic and Student Affairs will consolidate the course sections based on semester and course. For example, when you log into Canvas you will see 3 different courses depending on when your rotation is offered; a fall course, a spring course, and a summer course. Each course will have the sections for that semester enrolled and grouped according to their section. Unless you choose to do so the course shells will be unpublished and not available to students. 

Currently, the CVM is supplying a rotation template along with the course. Many of the rotations are primarily hands-on and some have not seen the need to have a course site for their rotation but using Canvas for your rotation does give the course coordinator access to the section class lists and the ability to email the current section as well as the ability to open and close the course based on the current section. 

This Canvas for Clinical Rotations Presentation highlights some of the ways you can use Canvas to prepare and interact with students on your rotation. 


Getting to your Canvas Rotation 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 (Spring 2020, Summer 2020 etc) 
  4. If your course is not visible contact the course coordinator to enroll you


Rotation Blocks (Canvas calls blocks "Sections") 

You can use the calendar below to reference which blocks happen when. 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. Each CVM Rotation course has a Block Calendar link in the left navigation. This calendar is also referenced directly above. 
  2. Click "Grades" on the left in the Canvas navigation menu.
  3. 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.

Please note that there are Canvas sites available up until Summer of 2020 currently.


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.