Getting Started

 

Which meets your scenario?

  1. I am new to UNM and not yet assigned to teach but want to get familiar with Canvas.
  2. I previously taught in Learn and would like to reuse/migrate content from Learn in Canvas.
  3. I don't have access to my Banner course yet but would like to start developing my content.
  4. I am ready to develop in my Banner course in Canvas. 

 

1. I am new to UNM and not yet assigned to teach, but want to get familiar with Canvas.

  • You can request a Sandbox Course  to practice using Canvas.
  • See the Training Opportunities page for upcoming CTL workshops and how to access the Canvas Training Portal.
  • Review the Canvas Basics page to learn about navigation and your course shell.
  • Visit the Instructor Guide to see a comprehensive list of tools you could utilize in your Canvas course.

2. I previously taught in Learn and would like to reuse/migrate content from Learn in Canvas.

  • Detailed information about migration options can be found on the Migration Options page.  
    • Some courses (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022) were bulk-migrated from Learn. To see if yours was, go to Courses > All Courses in Canvas.   
    • If you need another course that hasn’t been bulk-migrated, you can request it using the Migration Request Form.  
    • Whichever option you choose, know that migrated courses cannot be edited. If you would like to use the content, you will need to import it into a Temp or Banner course.   

3. I am not assigned to my Banner course or do not have access to it yet but would like to start developing my content.  

  • Banner courses are available to instructors in Canvas around the time registration opens for a term 
    • mid-April for Summer and Fall and    
    • mid-November for Spring semesters   
  • If you want to start developing a course for a term before Banner courses are available or are still waiting to be assigned to a course in Banner, you can Request a Temp course to begin development. Don’t forget that if you develop in your Temp course, you will need to copy the content into your Banner course when it is available.    
    • Remember Temp courses can’t be accessed by students. Once you have access to your Banner course you will need to import the content from your Temp course into your Banner course. Don’t forget to publish the Banner course once it’s ready.  
  • If you haven’t used Canvas before  
      • See the Training Opportunities page for upcoming CTL workshops and how to access the Canvas Training Portal.
      • Review the Canvas Basics page to learn about navigation and your course shell.
      • Visit the Instructor Guide to see a comprehensive list of tools you could utilize in your Canvas course.  
      • See the Start-of-Semester Checklist for ideas and guidance on things you may want to include in your course. 

4. I am ready to develop in my Banner course in Canvas  

  • For a course to be in Canvas, it must be scheduled as Online, Hybrid, or Accelerated Online Programs, or be web-enhanced. If you do not see your course, check the instructional method in the UNM Class Schedule for your cours, or to into LoboWeb to web-enhance. The web-enhancement page will show all your assigned courses for a term including their instructional method.
  • If you plan to combine multiple sections into one Canvas course (aka section group), do that as soon as possible or at the latest a week before the course starts. See Section Groups for more information.   
  • If you have content in a Temp course or a previous semester Canvas course,  import the content  from your Temp course into your Banner course (or parent course if you plan to section group).  
  • If you are building from scratch,  
    • Visit the Instructor Guide to see a comprehensive list of tools you could utilize in your Canvas course.  
    • See the Start-of-Semester Checklist for ideas and guidance on things you may want to include in your course.  
  • If you need to add course assistants (TAs) to your course, fill out the Course Assistant Request form .