Fall 2022 Canvas sites are ready

May 25, 2022
Canvas sites have been created and are ready to be set up! Faculty and teaching staff will find their list of Fall courses in Faculty are asked to have their sites ready with syllabi and published for students to preview by mid-August. More information about Canvas, including tutorials and documentation, is available on our Canvas page.
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Update on Spring Canvas sites and combined sections

November 19, 2021

By Thurs. Dec 2, spring Canvas sites will be available for faculty to edit for all scheduled spring 2022 courses. By Wed. Nov 24, course needing combined section Canvas sites must have the correct primary section selected in so that only one site is generated. If your department needs assistance locating the Primary checkbox, they can contact The Registrar’s Office at After that date you will need to contact Academic Technology directly at to combine any course sites.

Ed Discussion


Ed Discussion is available for FAS courses in the 2021-22 academic year. To enable Ed Discussions in your Canvas site:

  • Navigate to your Canvas course and click the Settings link in the left side bar
  • Select the Navigation tab
  • Drag the "Ed Discussion" tool just under Home and Announcements to enable it
  • Disable the Canvas "Discussions" tool if not in use
  • Click Save
  • ...
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New Workshop: Using VoiceThread in Canvas

January 26, 2021

We're excited to announce a new workshop offering for faculty and teaching staff: Using VoiceThread in Canvas, February 1, 2021, at 2:00 pm EST. Please register in advance at this linkbreakIn this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create VoiceThreads and then add them to your Canvas course as lessons or assessments and see examples from real courses. We will also cover the new assignment feature for those who have already been using VoiceThread.... Read more about New Workshop: Using VoiceThread in Canvas


Gradescope logoGradescope is a web-based assessment and rubric tool that is  software is available to instructors teaching in the FAS. Gradescope, which integrates with Canvas via LTI, allows instructors to...

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Canvas Behind the Scenes

Helpful behind the scenes info on how Canvas integrates with my.harvard, common administrative questions, and more.

Data Feeds

Canvas gets data feeds from my.harvard every 5 minutes, including:

  • Course catalog information (course description)
  • Class roster (instructors, enrolled students, prospective enrollees, teaching fellows)
  • Sections


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Zoom for Remote Teaching

FAS faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom through Harvard’s institutional license, and Zoom is already installed on all FAS Canvas sites, enabling you to teach classes, hold sections, or conduct student meetings remotely. Zoom features include screen sharing, recording, breakout rooms, chat, adaptive streaming, and more! 

You can log into Zoom at More information on Zoom, including instructions, tutorials, and...

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Adding Apps to Canvas

External applications, developed here at Harvard and elsewhere, can add functionality and content to your Canvas course website. You can explore available apps in Instructure's EduAppCenter, and you can learn more about using the Canvas App Center in the Canvas Guides.

To add apps to your Canvas site:

1) Navigate to Settings, click the Apps tab, and select the application you'd...

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Fall Canvas Course Sites Are Ready!

June 7, 2017

If you are teaching a Fall 2017 course, your Canvas site has been created and is ready to be set up! To claim your site, visit your list of Fall courses in, launch the course website, and follow the setup checklist. Be sure to publish your site as soon as you’re ready so that students can begin visiting it.

Whether you're faculty, staff, or a teaching fellow, Academic Technology for FAS is available to assist you with setting up and administering your course site. We offer training, consultation, and workshops...

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