The One Thing You’ve Been Missing to Keep Students Focused on Your Content

Many students are brand new to Canvas or, even if they’ve been using it awhile, just don’t know it very well. You can decrease their floundering and frustration (and make your life easier) by giving students some basic guidance as part of your course design. In this episode, we look at four simple things you can do to keep students from getting sidelined by inexperience with Canvas.

BONUS: I created a “Canvas Tips for Students” cheatsheet you can share with your students. It’s currently in a barebones, accessible Word format–I suggest you download and customize it for your class and then add it to a page in your course.

Posted in Articles, Byte-Sized Canvas, Rubric Section A, Rubric Section B, Rubric Section C.

Passionate about teaching and learning, Helen enjoys showing instructors how to apply best pedagogical practices in Canvas to create dynamic courses that keep their students engaged.


  1. Helen, thank you for a well done video. As adults, we’re all very busy and your videos tend to be short and to the point. Just want you to know I appreciate that!

    • You’re so very welcome, Howard. My goal is “short and sweet” so I’m glad I’m succeeding in that, for the most part. The videos are fun to make (as cheesy as they are!).

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