MyCanvas - Support for Faculty

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This webpage has been developed to support instructors and support staff in their use of MyCanvas, Mohawk College Learning Management System (LMS).  Support for users of MyCanvas is shared among several departments: The Library TECH BARs  and IT Help Desk and Library provide student support, with The Centre for Teaching & Learning providing instructional and pedagogical support to faculty.

CTL is available Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

To know more about MyCanvas tools and features, contact your Educational Technology Specialist (ETS).

Educational Technology Specialists

The Centre for Teaching & Learning is home to a team of educational designers providing technical and pedagogical support to faculty in their use of MyCanvas. Each specialist has a direct responsibility for MyCanvas and learning technologies needs of a specific School or Schools.

  • Andrew Connery (andrew.connery [at] mohawkcollege.ca) is responsible for:
    • Construction & Building Systems
    • Industrial & Motive Power
    • Multimedia Development (All Schools)
  • Amy Cook (amy.cook [at] mohawkcollege.ca) is responsible for:
    • Building Construction, Electrical & Energy
    • Business
    • C.E. Community & Urban
    • Chemical, Mechanical & Aviation
    • Community Studies
    • CSAIT
    • Health Studies
  • Graeme Douglas (graeme.douglas [at] mohawkcollege.ca) is responsible for:
    • Allied Health
    • C.E. Engineering Technology
    • C.E. Health Studies
    • Grad Studies, Applied Research & Entrepreneurship
    • Media Studies
    • Nursing
  • Jeffrey Rankine (jeffrey.rankine [at] mohawkcollege.ca) is responsible for:
    • Access & Community Engagement
    • C.E. Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Coop & Community Employment
    • Indigenous Programs
    • International Education
    • Liberal Studies
    • Social Services & Justice Studies

What MyCanvas Is

MyCanvas is Mohawk College's platform for online learning, and is a key component of the College’s blended delivery model in which a significant portion of most courses is delivered and managed online.  Based on Canvas by Instructure,MyCanvas offers a powerful suite of flexible teaching and learning tools for course development, delivery, assessment, and management. MyCanvas supplies an online learning space for every course offered at the College, with a rich set of online tools. The use of MyCanvas is a requirement in almost every post-secondary program.

Instructors use MyCanvas to post course outlines, course information, course content, quizzes, discussion topics, and more. They manage and grade assignments, create assessments, manage communication, and maintain the gradebook. Students access content and activities, perform group work, engage in discussions, submit assignments, complete quizzes, watch videos, and more, all within their MyCanvas courses.

How It Works

MyCanvas is accessible on the Internet by a web browser (like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) Users log in with their Mohawk College ID# and email password and arrive at MyCanvas Dashboard, a page that is common to all users. The content that is available from that page and others on MyCanvas is dependent on a user’s role on the system; the two most familiar roles being Student and Teacher.

From the Dashboard, users can view links to the courses in which they are enrolled; following a course link brings a user to a “course”. MyCanvas courses are managed by Instructors, generally the faculty member who is teaching the course.

The core MyCanvas toolset includes a rich set of tools, and Instructors are free to enable or disable various tools to suit their curriculum and their course outcomes. Courses can look and behave quite differently from each other, and are reflections of the unique curriculum and the Instructor(s) who design them.

At Mohawk, we’ve extended the core toolset with many different integrated products, including Kaltura (our streaming media service), Panopto (our video capture platform used for recording teaching), Turnitin Feedback Studio (for plagiarism detection), and many others.

Mohawk started using MyCanvas in 2019, and the platform is constantly being improved and expanded. Users benefit from continuous improvement and a continuous and regular flow of updates, bug fixes, and new features.

Login to MyCanvas

Click on the MyCanvas Login image below to sign-in to MyCanvas using the same credentials as you use for MyMohawk: your Mohawk ID (e.g., 000101060) and password.
 

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Only those working directly in MyCanvas, either as instructors, academic support or student support need access to the system.

Supported Browsers for MyCanvas

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Chrome 77 and 78
  • Firefox 69 and 70 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
  • Edge 44 (Windows only)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

MyCanvas Faculty and Staff Training

CTL & Partners: Workshops, Resources, & Supports

If you’re wondering what’s being offered this week through the Centre for Teaching & Learning (and their partners), check out these CTL & Partners: Workshops, Resources, & Supports for MyCanvas training, course design activities, self-care sessions, etc.

 

Additional External Resources

MyCanvas Course Cross-listing Requests

MyCanvas Cross-listing allows section enrollments from individual courses to be combined into one course. This feature is helpful for instructors who teach several sections of the same course and only want to manage course data in one location. Instructors can allow students to view users in other sections or limit them to only view users in the same section. Section names do not change when they are cross-listed; the section is just moved to another course.  

  • We recommend only cross-listing courses with the same name. In MyCanvas, cross-listing does not create a new course shell. Instead, the students are moved from one course into the other, and the name of the destination course will not change. For example, if you cross-list the students from “Aircraft Maintenance” into “Aircraft Systems,” then both groups of students will be in “Aircraft Systems” and the students who have moved will no longer see “Aircraft Maintenance” in their course list.
     
  • Cross-listing should be done while courses are unpublished. Coursework is retained with the course, not with the section enrollments, so if a published course is cross-listed, all cross-listed enrollments will lose any associated assignment submissions and grades.


Instructors can allow students to view users in other sections or limit them to only view users in the same section.  More information on Canvas Cross-listing.