Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding students to a course, part of Up and Running with Canvas 2015.
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- [Voiceover] Once you have created a course in Canvas, you can now begin to add students. In this video, we will go over the process for adding students to your course. Some institutions and districts restrict teachers from entering students. If you are unable to add students to your course, contact an administrator to find out how to import students into your course. When on the course homepage, we will click the tab titled "People" which is located on the left side-bar. This will take you to the class roster. As you can see, the only person in this course at this point is the teacher.
In order to add students, we must click on the blue button titled "+People" located in the top right. Clicking this will bring up the dialogue box titled "Add People". In order to add students, you will need to enter student names and emails in the correct format. Notice that Canvas gives you an example of how to enter student names and email addresses. The student's name, first name and last name, should be enclosed by quotation marks followed by a less than sign, the student's email address, followed by a greater than sign.
If entering multiple students, you must add a comma between each student. In this example, I'm going to add three students to my course. The first student is Ashley. Click inside the text box, type an open quote, followed by her name, followed by a closed quote, less than sign, and her email address, which in this case is email@example.com.
After that, I put a greater than sign, and that is in the correct format. The next thing I need to do is to go click on the roll. Canvas allows you to enter people as a student, a teacher, a teaching assistant, a designer or an observer. In this case, we want to add Ashley as a student, so we'll keep student selected. We need to select the section. In this case, the only option I have is Life Science as that's the only class we've created. If you have created multiple courses or multiple sections, this drop down menu will include each of them, and you can choose which section you want to enroll the student in.
And then I'll press the "Next" button in the bottom right. Canvas allows you to look over the name and email address to make sure that you have entered everything correctly. In this case, I think I have. So, I'm going to click on the "Add Users". Once this is done, I will click "Done", and you will see that Ashley has been enrolled in the class as a student. You will also notice that Ashley does not have a profile image yet because that was not added, and next to her name it says "Pending" because she has not yet accepted the invitation to the class.
In order to add multiple students at one time, the process is the same. I want to click on the "+People" button, click inside the dialogue box, and now I'm going to enter the student information. I need to enter Sydney and Ray into my class, so what I will do is first enter Sydney's information: quotation mark, first name, last name, then a less than sign, email address, and then a greater than sign. Now I need to put a comma in between because I have a second student I am putting in now.
So I put comma, followed by quotation mark, Ray Cruz, end quote, a less than sign, email address, and a greater than sign. Now I have added both, I want to make sure that I have their role as "Student", and I want to make sure that they are in my Life Science course. I'll click "Next". They allow me to look this over to see if I've made any mistakes. And real quickly, if I had made a mistake, I could click on the "Start Over" which will allow me to go back and make any changes that I need to.
If I had to add a letter here, I can do that and then click "Next", and it'll let you check them again. If they are correct, "Add Users", and you will notice that both people have been added to the course. By default, Canvas will put the students into alphabetical order based on last name. Students can easily be deleted from the course by hovering over the line which includes their name, clicking on the gear icon, and this allows you to either resend the invitation to the course, edit your sections, edit user details, or to remove them from the course.
In this case, I do not want to delete them from the course, so I'm not going to select anything. Once the course is published, Canvas will automatically send an email to each of the students on the roster inviting them to join the course. Once students have joined the course, you will be able to communicate with them directly. If a student has not yet accepted the course invitation, they are not considered part of the course yet, and will not receive any of the communication. One thing to keep in mind is that it can take up to 24 hours for students to receive their email invitation. Plan accordingly as you do not want to publish a course at the beginning of a class period and expect students to be able to join immediately.
Now that we have added students to our course, we can explore one of the most powerful tools within Canvas: "Groups". Groups are an excellent way to increase communication and collaboration within your class. In the next video we will discuss some of the features of "Groups".
- Setting up a teacher account and profile
- Creating the course and syllabus
- Adding a grading profile
- Creating student groups
- Setting up conferences
- Creating assignments and quizzes
- Building test question banks
- Exploring the grading tools (including SpeedGrader)
- Adding co-teachers
- Duplicating a course
- Working with modules
- Publishing a course