Tech Tip of the Week: Canvas FAQ Pages for Instructors and Students

As the iSchool fully transitions to Canvas, you may be feeling overwhelmed with all there is to know about using the new learning management system. Fortunately for you, the Help Desk has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions for instructors and students. Whether you’re an instructor with questions about creating assignments or a student trying to figure out how to upload an assignment, the Canvas FAQ lists can help answer all of your Canvas questions!

Tech Tip of the Week: Adding a Profile Picture to Canvas

In order to add a profile picture to your Canvas account you would follow these steps.

After logging into Canvas, you will see a sidebar on the left side of the screen. When you click Account it will expand the smaller menu seen below, choose Settings.

The Settings will look like this:

Click on the circle at the top next to your name where your photo will go.

Clicking this circle will extend this menu of options where you can choose to either Upload a Picture from your computer or you can Take a Picture with your webcam.

When you’ve loaded a photo into Canvas you will be able to adjust how your photo looks in the profile picture circle. Once you’ve adjusted it to your liking, remember to hit Save.

Once you’ve saved and refreshed your window, your new profile picture will appear.

Tech Tip of the Week: Adding Your Pronouns to Canvas

When you log into your Canvas account you are able to add your pronouns in your settings.

Begin by clicking Account in the sidebar on the left.

It will extend this menu where you will select Settings.

When your settings are opened, on the right you will have the option to Edit Settings.

Once you’ve opened your settings to edits, you will have a drop down menu with options for Pronouns.Once you’ve selected your pronouns, remember at the bottom to save any changes you’ve made to your profile by clicking Update Settings.

Once you’ve saved the changes you’ve made to your profile, your selected pronouns will appear by your name.

Tech Tip of the Week: Logging into Canvas

If you have a NetID and password you will be able to login to Canvas and take a look around. Begin by going to It will look like this: 

Remember, your NetID does not include like your email address does. It is just what comes before When you log in, you can take a look around your dashboard.

As mentioned last week, only instructors who have opted in to be early adopters of Canvas will have their course(s) on Canvas in the fall.

If you have classes that will be on Canvas for fall, they may not be included yet on your Canvas, but it’s a good idea to take a look around even before they arrive! It should look a bit like this:

 We will have future Tech Tips about the content within Canvas and making changes to your settings, so keep your eyes peeled!


Tech Tip of the Week: What is Canvas?

You may have seen in our July iSchool Help Desk and ITD newsletter that the iSchool will begin making the transition to the Canvas learning management system beginning this fall for our undergraduate courses and any instructors who wish to be early adopters. For our graduate level students, this means that if your instructor has opted to be an early adopter, your class or classes may be on Canvas. Our amazing ITD team is working with instructors on migrating courses, and the Help Desk team will be here to help make this transition as smooth as possible for faculty and students. We are still in the early stages of migrating courses, and instructors are organizing and setting up their courses throughout the summer months. Instructors will let students know whether their course will be conducted on Canvas, and if students or instructors have any questions, please contact the Help Desk and we are happy to provide assistance.