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Thrive in Our Student-Centered Learning Environment

Look forward to achieving your education and career goals at the University of Saint Francis. Check out these simple tips for Canvas, the student-centered platform on which you’ll do your online learning. See what online classes look like and know how to be successful, even before you start.

Where do I begin?

First, organize your workspace the way you want. The Dashboard helps you do just that with multiple displays to choose from.

If you are a visual person, the Card View lets you use icon buttons, colors and pictures to help you stay organized. (:26)

If you prefer to view your tasks as to-do items, the List View lets you keep relevant information together through drop-down lists. (1:37)

If you like seeing more information, Recent Activity lets you view your notifications, to-do items and announcements all at once. (2:55)

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How do assignments work?

Let’s start with the Dashboard. Here, you can view your assignment notifications and your to-do list to stay on top of your classes.

You’ll use the Calendar often to check due dates and course events. Sync it with your personal calendar any time. (:33)

In Courses, you’ll view instructions for (and submit) assignments. Submit a saved file from your computer the same way you add files to an email. (:44)

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How do I take quizzes?

You’ll find your quizzes on either the Dashboard or Courses.

Quizzes are customized by class, but you may be able to retake quizzes and review correct answers after your quiz. (:52)

Once your quiz is completed, you may be able to immediately view your grade. (1:37)

Unable to finish your quiz in one sitting? If your instructor allows, you can return by clicking on the Resume Quiz button after entering through the quiz title again. (1:25)

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How do I interact with my classmates?

If you’ve ever posted or commented on social media, Discussions will be easy for you to master. You’ll post comments to conversation threads to understand your courses and stay connected with classmates.

Post a reply to the entire conversation or to an individual comment by using the reply button next to the post you wish to comment on. Your replies can be edited after you post.

Discussions are organized in three categories: most relevant, current and old. While all these are helpful, chances are that what you need is near the top of the page. (1:01)

Your instructor will ease you into using discussions, possibly by asking you to introduce yourself. For example, you might say: “Hi, my name is __. I love to read, bake and hike!”

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Meet One of Your Online Success Coaches

“As your Success Coach, I am your connection to academic and personal success within the university! I provide academic advising, personal academic coaching services, Canvas assistance, financial aid, registration, online research help and tutoring.”

—Tyhanna Harrison

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