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The following is a collection of the resources found throughout this help guide organized into categories to help faculty easily find content.  You can also use the search tool bar above to search for specific content as needed.

If you need assistance, please email [email protected].

User Management

User Management Tools

Course Roles & Permissions

Enrolling Users

Yale Officially Registered Instructors / Shoppers / Students / Auditors

For Yale Academic Sites, official enrollments are all managed through Yale's registration system (Banner).  Course enrollment changes must be handled by the school/department registrar or by students modifying their course schedules / primary worksheets.  Official enrollments cannot be removed from the Canvas site by an instructor or Canvas support.

Yale Unofficially Registered TAs / Guest Instructors (Guest Lecturers) / Guest Students

Some schools (like the Law School) may have automated feeds for TA enrollments.  All other schools / departments will need to be manually added to courses by the instructor of the course, a registrar, or a school/departmental support person with admin privileges in Canvas.  The Canvas @ Yale support team will not manually enroll users into course sites.

Non-Yale (Guest) Users

All users must have an account in Canvas before they can be added to a course site.

Resources for Lectures
Synchronous Lectures

Zoom Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

Asynchronous Lectures

Media Library (aka Panopto)

Recording Videos


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:  Course Welcome Videos*
* Course Welcome Videos have special embedding instructions to ensure the course videos stored in Media Library are visible to all students.

Media Library File Management

Online Course Content
Student Activities & Assessments in Canvas

General Information / Strategies for Assessments

Problem Sets / Handouts / Homework / Research Papers / File-Submission Assignments

Canvas Assignments

Exams / Quizzes

Canvas Quizzes

Grading Assessments in Canvas
Grade Posting Policies in Canvas

The Grade Posting Policy is used with all graded assignments which determines the default settings for when students will be able to view their grades posted in the Canvas Grades area. The default and recommended policy is the "Manual" policy which keeps grades hidden from students until an instructor or TA opts to release the grades to students. We recommend that you verify your default settings before you begin grading any assignment.

You will set a default Grade Posting Policy for all assignment columns, but you can modify individual columns to have a posting policy that differs from the default.

  • How to select the grade posting policy for a course (when students will see grades – I recommend that you set this to “manually posted” – so you can decide when to release the grades to the students after you have graded everyone)
    NOTE:  Changes you make to the grade posting policy are NOT retroactive.  Assignments created and grades posted before you modifying the grade posting policy for the course will still use the settings that were present when the assignment was first created.
  • How to select the grade posting policy for an assignment (column)
Grading Student Assignments / Discussions / Quizzes

Entering Student Grades

Messaging students from Grades area

  • Releasing grades to your students (when you have selected a Manual Grade Posting Policy) – NOTE- This feature will only work after at least 1 student has a grade:
  • Final Grade Weighting / Organizing Assignments By Assignment Groups
    Enhancing Your Course with External Applications


    Gradescope is a grading software that streamlines the process of grading digitally submitted students assignments or collect-to-scan in class work. With Gradescope's optional AI grading technology, mass grading of predictable answers can be simplified and optimized to decrease the amount of time instructors and teaching assistants spend on grading - even on student handwritten work Using Rubrics as a scoring mechanism, instructures can ensure that student grading is standardized across multiple graders and grading adjustments can be made en mass to all student scores when criteria changes.  


    Hypothesis is a collaborative, digital annotation tool, which  allows students to add comments, notes, and highlights to the margins of  a shared digital document, whether it is an article on the web or a  PDF


    Perusall is primarily a tool to allow for text collaboration on shared documents (articles, files, websites, videos etc...)


    PlayPosit is a Video Quizzing tool that overlays over existing videos from your Media Library, YouTube, Vimeo, etc… It can be used with both graded assignments and as just general ungraded self-checks. 


    VoiceThread is a way to allow for video/audio/text collaboration with your students.  It allows all students to comment on a common "artifact" that you create (could be a PowerPoint, image, video - or a combination of all!).  

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