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Learning Center FAQ

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What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system that helps teachers obtain and deliver content to students. The MBA Learning Center is delivered via Canvas. It includes comprehensive tools to run your classroom. It includes grading, assessment, assignments, discussions, calendars, and many other features that allow you to manage instruction all in one place.

To get an overview of Canvas, watch this video:

Or, visit Canvas’ website to learn more about the system’s capabilities:

How do I set up my Learning Center account?

Are you new to the MBA Learning Center? Setting up your account is easy! After you purchase a subscription to the Learning Center, you will receive an email. This email will guide you through the process of signing up and creating a password. 

Click on the link in your email to finish the registration process. Choose a password, and set your time zone.

If you don't receive the email from Canvas, check your spam folder. If you still don't see it, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know.

How do I build a course?

Are you ready to set up your first course in the Learning Center? It’s easy to customize courses to your liking with our ready-to-use modules! All it takes is a few quick steps.

Step 1: Create an Empty Course
Step 2: Name Your Course
Step 3: Enroll Yourself
Step 4: Choose Course Home Page
Step 5: Add LAPs to the Course

Here’s a video tutorial to guide you through it. More detailed written instructions can be found here. Here is an additional resource from Florida State University that describes the details of setting up a course:

Not sure which LAPs to add to build your course? Consider starting with our preloaded, ready-to-use courses that coincide with our course guides. Click here to learn how to import these courses into your classes.

How do I add students to a course?

Once your course is ready to go, it’s time to add students to it! In your course, click the "People" option on the left side of the screen. Click the "+ People" button. Add your students by email address. Make sure you select the role of "Student." Click the "Next" button, and then the "Done" button.

This quick video explains this process. Written instructions can be found here.

Once you’ve added students, you’ll probably want to know how to view their accounts. This video from Canvas explains how to find and access student information:

If your students have previously been registered into a course on Canvas, you can create a course join link rather than adding every student into a newly created course. Select “Settings” from your course menu and then “More Options.” Select “Let students self-enroll by sharing with them a secret URL.” Copy and paste the join link and distribute to students.

How do I create course sections?

Creating course sections allows you to divide your course into sections and separate students. Through this feature, you can easily differentiate instruction by giving different assignments to different students. You can add sections by going to Settings on your course menu and the Sections tab. Type in the name of your section that you want to create and select the blue “+ Section” button. Then, click on the Section and click “Edit Section” to change any details about the Section.

To add students to sections, click on People from the course menu, and then the gear icon to the right of a student’s name. Click “Edit Sections” and enter the Section name.

How do I move courses over from previous semesters?

In the Learning Center, semesters end on June 30. Courses that were created in a previous semester will no longer appear on your dashboard. However, you are able to copy old courses into the current semester. Go into Settings in your course menu and select, “Copy this Course.” Select the term, give your course a name, code, start and end date.

Another way you can do this is by importing old course content into a new course. Open your new course, then go to Settings. Click on “Import Course Content” and then select “Copy a Canvas Course.” Select which course, and choose whether to import all content or select specific content. Adjust the events and due dates to your liking, and then select “Import.”

This video will demonstrate the Import process to you:

How do I add assignments to the Learning Center?

After you’ve got your courses set up and your students are ready to learn, it’s easy to add and customize your own assignments! You can upload documents, or you can create them within Canvas itself. This video will walk you through the process of uploading your own documents.

If you’re looking to go more in-depth into what you can do with assignments on Canvas, check out this video.

How do I publish a course or assignment?

You have to publish your course so that students can view it. Otherwise, only you, the teacher, will be able to access it. To learn how to publish a course, go here.

You can follow a similar process to publish individual pieces of a course, such as an assignment or quiz. Locate the assignment within the course, then click on the cloud icon on the right side of the assignment. This will change it from unpublished to published or vice versa.

How do I use the gradebook in the Learning Center?

After your students have completed assignments and assessments, you might be ready to use the gradebook. Canvas has its own Gradebook which can also be imported or exported into other systems. To learn how to use the Gradebook inside of the Learning Center, watch this video from Canvas. Written instructions can be found here.

Want to export the grades from your LC gradebook into a different system? Here’s how.

How do I use Speedgrader?

The Learning Center also has a great feature called Speedgrader, which allows you to quickly and interactively view, grade, and comment on Assignment submissions. Speedgrader allows you to make comments, corrections, annotations, and to use a rubric to automatically grade in seconds. Watch Canvas’ video tutorial to learn how to use Speedgrader.

How do I create my own quiz questions?

While the Learning Center includes a wide variety of ready-to-use assessments, you also have the ability to create your own.

To add an individual question, click the “Add New Question” button. Then, add a question title and select the question type from the drop-down menu.  Canvas allows for many types of questions, including multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the blank, among others.

After selecting a question type, assign a point value to the question. Then enter your question text, and add images, videos, or any other relevant content. Then, add possible answers in the fields provided. To add content other than text, click the edit icon to view the Rich Content Editor. Click Done when you’ve added an answer. Correct answers are indicated by green outlines, while incorrect answers are red. The correct answer is identified by a solid green arrow next to the answer, and the answer's feedback bubble is also green.

Click here for a quick video tutorial that goes into more detail about this process.

How do I add LAPs to Google Classroom and Schoology?

Does your school use a platform other than the Learning Center for classroom management? If so, don’t worry! It’s easy to integrate the Learning Center with other LMS such as Google Classroom, Blackboard, and Schoology! One way to do so is by downloading files from the Learning Center and uploading them to another platform.

Watch this video to learn how to move files from the MBA Learning Center to either Google Classroom or Schoology.

How do students collaborate using the Learning Center?

One of the best features of the Learning Center is the technology that allows students to collaborate digitally! There are so many ways for students to do so, including:

  • Discussions
  • Collaborations
  • Chat

This video from Canvas explains how to use the Collaborations feature, which allows students to work simultaneously on a document using Google Docs.

Here are some more resources focused on collaboration on Canvas:

How do I add a preloaded course into my classes?

The Learning Center Commons now offers preloaded, ready-to-use courses that coincide with each of our course guides. NOTE: These courses do NOT contain all of the material included in our course guides. Access the full course guides here

To add a course, first go to the Commons. Click on “Courses” on the left in the top bar. This will pull up all of the available courses. Select the one you need. Then, on the right under “Import into Canvas,” select the appropriate class. Then, click “Import into Course.” It may take a while for the entire course to import.

To see the course, click on “Courses” from the main menu and select the appropriate class. Then, click on “Modules” to find all of the LAPs available for the course guide. You can then rearrange, add, or remove content to suit your needs.  

How do I build a quiz using the Question Banks?

Open the appropriate course, then click “Quizzes.” Click on the “+ Quiz” button in the right corner. Name your quiz, and type in any instructions. Then, click on the “Questions” tab. Click on “Find Questions.” This will bring you to the Question Banks.

The banks are organized alphabetically by performance indicator.  You can select a number of questions from a performance indicator, or you can select all of the questions for a particular performance indicator by choosing “Select All” at the top. You can also select questions from different performance indicators for the same quiz. Once you have selected all of the items you want, scroll to the bottom and click “Add Questions.”

You can also create a question group. Question groups randomly generate a certain number of questions from the group each time the quiz is taken. For example, you can add all of the Economics performance indicators to the group, and instruct the system to select 10 questions from the group. That way, the quiz will give 10 different questions to each student each time it is taken.

To create a question group, scroll down to the bottom and select “New group.” Name your group, choose a number of questions, and assign a point value per question. Then, select the exam questions you want. Make sure the group is selected in the dropdown menu before clicking “Add Questions.”

When you’re finished, continue adding the other information about your quiz, such as the due date and time limit. Scroll to the bottom, and select “Save” or “Save & Publish” to allow your students to access the quiz. 

How do I administer an Instructional Area exam?

Instructional Area exams can be found in the Commons. Search “exam” and all of the exams will be displayed. You can also search for a particular exam, such as “marketing exam.” Select the exam you want, and import it into the appropriate course. If you’d like, you can create a new course just for the exam. When the import is finished, the exam will be located under “Modules” in your course. It can also be found under “Quizzes.”

To publish the exam, click on it from the course home page. The button on the top of the page will either say "Published" or "Unpublished." Click the button to switch between the two.

To change the availability and other aspects of the exam, open the exam from the course home page. Then, click the "Edit" button in the top right corner of the page. From here, you can change the due dates, the allotted time, and other details.

To see how students have performed on the exam, open the exam from the course home page. Then, click on the gear in the right corner of the top of the screen. Select "Show Student Quiz Results."

How do I make instructor files available to students? 

Some of the files in a LAP module are sorted under the “Instructor” section, which means that students cannot see or access them. If you would like to make a file available for students, click on the gear next to that activity. Then, click “Move to…” Select the appropriate module, and then decide where in the module you want it to go (before or after another section). Click “Move.” For example, you can move Group Activity 2 so it is right before the Posttest. Then, find the file in its new location and click on the No symbol next to it. Change the file from Unpublished to Published. Now, students will be able to access the file from their accounts. 

How do I use the Calendar in Canvas?

Canvas has a calendar feature that teachers can use to keep track of everything you need to do for all of your courses. You can view the calendar by day, week, month, or agenda. Color coding is used to differentiate between assignments, course events, and personal events.

This tutorial from Canvas goes into more detail about the calendar function:

How do I utilize the Canvas Community?

The Canvas Community is a comprehensive resource to help you make the most of the system. It includes guides, resources, answers to questions, discussion groups, and idea sharing. You can access the Canvas Community here:

How do I access presentations in the Learning Center?

Each LAP module contains a PowerPoint presentation that you can use in your classroom. To access them, open your course and select the module of interest. Scroll down to the section labeled “Downloadable.” Under that section, you will see the PowerPoint presentation. Upon clicking on it, it will open in Canvas. You can scroll through the slides on Canvas, or you can download it to your computer by clicking the link in the top left corner of the screen. 

How do I access student information?

As a Canvas administrator, you can access student information. Click on the “Admin” menu, then select your Account. Click on “People” to view all of the users under your account. Select a student to pull up that student’s profile. The profile will show the student’s name, picture, email, time zone, login information, enrollments, and page views. If you have Outcomes enabled in your account, you can view each student’s progress on these from this page. To do so, click “See Outcome Results for [STUDENT NAME].”

How do I add my own content to a course?

You can customize your courses in the Learning Center by uploading your own files. From the Course menu, select “Files.” Then, click on the “Upload” button in the top right corner. Select the file you want to upload, and click “Open.” When the upload is complete, your file will be added to your course.

For a detailed tutorial of this process, click here:

How to I assign point values to activities in the Learning Center?

You can assign your own point values to activities in the Learning Center that do not already have points assigned. To do so, open the assignment in question. Select “Edit” and under Quiz Type select “Graded Quiz.” Then, click on the “Questions” tab. Edit each question by clicking on the pencil icon on the right side. Add a point value for each question. When you are finished, be sure to save the assignment by scrolling to the bottom and clicking the “Save” button.

How do I export a course from the Learning Center?

You can export courses from the Learning Center to use in other platforms or to save a copy to your computer. When Canvas exports a course, the format is an IMSCC ZIP file (Common Cartridge).

To export a course, open the course, then click “Settings.” Click “Export Course Content.” Select “Course” as the export type, and then click “Create Export.” When the export is finished, click on the download link.

A detailed tutorial on exporting courses can be found here:

How do I import a course into the Learning Center?

You can import content into your Learning Center course. First, open the course and click on “Settings.” Select “Import Course Content” and select your content type. You can choose from a variety of different types, including other Canvas courses, ZIP files, Moodle files, Blackboard files, and more.

If you are importing another Canvas course from within your account, select “Copy a Canvas Course”. Select “All content” to import the whole course or “Select specific content” if you only want to import certain pieces of your course.

For detailed tutorials on importing all of the different types of course files, click here:

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