Students at Maine College of Art now have access to an eLearning resource called Canvas. Canvas is the learning management system that the College uses to distribute courses and course materials. If you have a hybrid or online course, your course takes place through Canvas. It may also be supported by many different technologies, such as Google Suite for Education, Zoom video-conferencing software, and more. All courses, though, have a corresponding Canvas course website where faculty share the syllabus and important course updates--such as handouts, assignments and upload links, discussion board prompts, exams, and learning content.
How to Get Help with Canvas (for Students):
- Ask your instructor
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Support Live-Chat by clicking here
- Call the 24/7 Canvas Support line at this number: 877.241.8542
- Visit the Canvas Support Community for Students by clicking here
- Reach out to the MECA Writing and Tutoring Office (more information about tutoring here)
- Contact your Associate Dean: Paul Gebhardt (undergraduate programs) or Araminta Matthews (graduate programs and Continuing & Professional Studies)
Logging into Canvas"
Navigating the Canvas Dashboard
- Once you have logged in, you will see your “Dashboard.” This is where all of your classes will be. Don’t see any classes? Make sure you “accept” the invitations that pop up at the top of your canvas window by clicking the green “accept” button.
- You will notice for each class on the dashboard there are three symbols and some of them may have numbers above them. The numbers represent a discussion, announcement or grade you haven’t yet seen in the course.
- Click on the class you would like to enter.
Exploring the Canvas Course Home Page
When you click on your course you will see the navigation list on the left hand side and all important information about your instructor and the course. The first page you see will be the “Home” page.
Finding the Syllabus and Course Due Date Schedule
Your course Syllabus (the document that tells you what your course entails, what the objectives and outcomes of the course are, how you will be graded, and what is expected of you to complete the course successfully) is located under “Syllabus” in the navigation bar. Click it and you will either find an embedded document like this OR a link to a syllabus.
Finding Course Grades and Feedback on Assignments
Grades are located under, “Grades.” When you click this in your navigation bar, you will see everything you will be graded on in the course. As you can see here, you also see what you are missing.
Using Canvas Discussion Boards
Let’s discuss the discussion link, shall we? This brings you to your classes discussion board. Here is where, if it is required in your class, you will engage in online, asynchronous discussions with your classmates and instructor. Notice the 1:1 and 3:3 on the right hand side? That means I have not read one post out of one post or the three posts in the following discussion. Each box I have outlined indicates it’s a separate discussion.
Canvas Quizzes, Tests, and Exams
See that rocket symbol? That means it’s a quiz. The quiz link is handy to see which quizzes are coming up in the class so you can plan enough prep time for them!
What's a Module? Understanding How Canvas is Organized
Modules are my personal favorite! This is where you go to see all the things! Instructors may organize these by date, by content, or by project, but here is where you get an overview and most of the resources you need from the class.