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If you are an instructor or TA, the resources below will help you get started with Canvas and third-party tools. 

Canvas tutorials
Canvas Tutorials Online training TAMU

Canvas Instructor Guides

Canvas Student Guides

Canvas 101- Crash course

Classic Vs New Quizzes

Academic Tech- Onboarding


Training for TAs


  1. FERPA Training – TrainTraq Training #11012

  2. Information Security Awareness Training – TrainTraq Training #3001

Training and Support


Available tools for your courses

The School of Public Health has a variety of academic tools available for your courses, within Canvas and outside Canvas as third-party tools. 

Look at the table below to identify the tool that could work for your course, students, and yourself. 

Type of assignments

  Type of assignment





Peer review 

  • Canvas  
  • Peerceptiv  
  • FeedbackFruits (FF) Peer review  

Statistics assignments on paper

  • Gradescope  

Online Training 3rd Party Tool 

  • LinkedIn  


  • Perusall- social reading  
  • FF Interactive Document / Audio/ Video
  • FF Comprehension- annotations 


  • Poll Everywhere  
  • FF Interactive Presentation  


  • FF Automated Feedback  
  • Plagiarism- Turnitin


  • Portfolium  

 Other assignments

  • FF Assignment Review
  • FF Skills Review
  • FF Self-Assessment

Canvas discussions  

FeedbackFruits discussion  

  • On work  
  • On topic   

Canvas  (classic and new quizzes)  

  • No proctoring  
  • Respondus LockDown Browser  
  • Examsoft  (online or scantron)  


Mediasite quiz- with video  


FeedbackFruits Quiz



Peer review

  • FF Group peer reviews w/ self-assessment  
  • FF Group member evaluation  

Canvas discussions  

FeedbackFruits discussion  

  • On work  
  • On topic   

FF Team Based Learning  

  • IRAT/ TRAT  





Canvas courses support


Canvas roles
  Course Creation Canvas Enrollment Course Design Training & Support
Registrar Yes Students NA NA
Department admins SRS/Howdy Additional Alt Instructors, TAs NA NA
Academic Innovation Troubleshooting only Troubleshooting only NA Learning Management System
Academic Liaison Can combine/stack courses Troubleshooting only Consulting services SPH Academic Tech
Instructor Ability to combine sections Add TA via Yes NA


Canvas Tools 


How to create assignments 

How to weigh the final course grade based on assignments groups

Alternative assessments 

How to add outcomes to rubrics in assignments


How to create announcements

Setting up notifications in Canvas (as Instructor)

Notifications settings for students 


How to create discussion activities 

Instructor guide: discussions


Your Canvas course has a storage limit of 1GB, that includes all files and information in your course. 

Instructor guide: Files 

Home Page/ Pages & Templates

How to customize your Home Page

Pages & Templates


Academic Integrity when creating an exam in LMS

Accommodations in new quizzes

Accommodations in classic quizzes

Classic Vs New Quizzes

How do I create a quiz using New Quizzes?

How to create a quiz with Classic Quizzes?

How to view an exam log in Canvas

Make-up tests in Canvas 

Quizzes: types of questions 

Using question banks in Canvas

How to add outcomes in a New Quiz

How do I add an item from an item bank to a quiz in New Quizzes?

How do I edit an item bank item in New Quizzes?

How do I add all items or a random set from an item bank to a quiz in New Quizzes?

How do I move or copy a question from one item bank to another in New Quizzes?

How do I share an item bank in New Quizzes?

How do I manage item banks in New Quizzes?

How do I create an item bank in New Quizzes?

How do I add content to an item bank in New Quizzes?


Instructor guide: Modules

How do I duplicate a module?

How do I send a module to another instructor?

How do I add prerequisites to a module?

How do I add requirements to a module?
Rubrics  Instructor guide: Rubrics

TAMU Guidance for Syllabus

BSPH and Graduate School of Public Health Syllabus (Commons)- Search 


Tutorials for main functions in Canvas

Accessibility Accessibility in your Canvas course
Canvas enrollment

How to remove courses from your Dashboard

Customize your Dashboard and courses


Import content from Blackboard into Canvas

Canvas to Canvas- export/import (video)

Canvas to Canvas- copy from a canvas course

Canvas 101-Export/Import section


Grade submission to Howdy from Canvas

Extra credit in Grades

Curve grades

How to import grades in Canvas (csv file)

Instructor guide: Grades

Gradebook features

How to use the gradebook in Canvas

Canvas new gradebook best practices from FSU

Third-Party Tools

Current 3rd Party Tools in Canvas

Mediasite videos in Canvas (video)

Enabling Mediasite for Canvas

Poll Everywhere in Canvas

Google Drive in Canvas

Proctoring with LockDown Browser in Canvas

Zoom recordings (Cloud recording access)

Other tools 

Canvas Test Analytics

Download files from Canvas courses 

Instructor guide: Outcomes

Student view


There are several tools in Canvas you can use to create assignments. See the table below to identify the tool you could use. 

assignments and LTIs
  Assignments Discussions Quizzes

Class participation using Poll Everywhere or FeedbackFruits (interactive presentation)

Google assignments

Online videos using Linkedin assignments

Peer reviews (Canvas, Peerceptiv, FeedbackFruits)


Statistics assignments on paper using Gradescope

Social reading with Perusall or FeedbackFruits (interactive document)

Writing assignments using Turnitin, Softchalk, or FeedbackFruits (Automated feedback)

Surveys using Qualtrics

Canvas discussions

FeedbackFruits (Discussions on skills or topics)

Canvas quizzes 

  • Classic or new quizzes


  • No proctoring
  • Respondus LockDown Browser
  • Examsoft (online or scantron) 

Mediasite quiz 

Surveys using Qualtrics


Group peer reviews (option to add: self-assessment)

Group member evaluation

Canvas discussions

FeedbackFruits (Discussions on skills or topics)

FeedbackFruits Team Based Learning (IRAT/TRAT)

Gradescope quizzes



FeedbackFruits is a pedagogical tool suite integrated into Canvas that allows you to boost student engagement and group work in multiple course designs. It fully integrates with Canvas, faculty, and students work with it in the same Canvas space, from creating the assignment to passing grades back to the Grade Center.

The tools tackle different pedagogical aspects, and you can choose which ones are most applicable to your courses. It will be available as a pilot for TAMU Health from December 2022 to June 2023 for all academic courses. See more information here.



Canvas integrates with Google Drive (LTI 1.3) making it easy for you to share content and collaborate with others, students and instructors alike. Visit Google Drive LTI 1.3 to vie the instructions:

Google Assignments gives educators a faster, simpler way to distribute, analyze, and grade student work - all through the collaborative power of G-Suite. See how to use Google Assignments.




Gradescope is a feedback and assessment tool that reduces the time associated with grading exams, homework, and other assignments. It is widely used for delivering assessments remotely and enables instructors and graders to provide better and more timely feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes. View more info on how to sync Gradescope with your course.



Course management

Assignment Workflow

 Tutorials for students

  1. For students: Submit PDF homework
  2. For students: Submit an online assignment
  3. For students: Viewing feedback & requesting regrades



LinkedIn Learning can be used in Canvas as a playlist or as a learning pathway. To add videos as assignments, view the tutorials below. 



It is possible to add a quiz in Mediasite and then track the results in Canvas. View the tutorials available to create assignments with Mediasite and or just add a quiz to a video.




Peerceptiv® a research-validated peer assessment technology, creates a virtuous cycle of feedback in your classroom that improves writing and critical thinking skills. This online peer assessment tool allows students to receive quick and actionable feedback from their peers to improve their writing.

How to work with Peerceptiv assignments Types of assignment Evaluation/ review grades

Assignments using Peerceptiv

Knowledge Base for faculty

Tutorials for students

Individual Peer Assessment

Group submissions assignment (video)

Group Peer Assessment

How to build a rubric


How to manage rubric library

Enter a teacher review

Peerceptiv grades: detailed explanation

How to update deadline times



Perusall is a tool that aims to change how students view the reading of material from a solitary experience to one that is engaging and collaborative with classmates and instructors. Published textbooks, open educational resources (OER), and personal instructional materials can be assigned to students with just a few clicks of a button. Perusall automatically grades students' engagement with the assigned materials and once prompted, will upload grades to Canvas.

If you would like to use Perusall, what is next? 

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is an online service that allows teachers to ask their students a question. The students answer the question using their mobile phones, Twitter, or web browsers. Both the question and the students’ responses are displayed live in Keynote, PowerPoint, and/or on the web.

All SPH faculty has access to a Higher Ed license. Contact us if you need assistance. 


For graded participation, you have two options: 

  • Grade that is equal to the points per poll, e.g 1 point. If you would like to have 1 point per poll, then the trick is to assign 1 point to all answers, no matter if they are correct or incorrect. This way you are going to export 1 point per participation. 
  • Participation that is equal to a 100, no matter if the responses were correct or not. This will give all students 100 if they participated. 


Attendance Management

Poll Everywhere’s Attendance Management offers automated attendance tracking and reporting combined with a full suite of interactive polling activities, arming presenters with every tool they need to motivate their audiences and improve learning outcomes.

  • Set geofence attendance locations where you present content
  • Automatically prompt participants to check into geofenced locations before joining a presentation
  • Participants check into presentations by verifying their physical location

Consult the instrructions here: Get Started with Attendance Management



Portfolium is a space where students can showcase their achievements to potential employers and connect with other Folio users. Folios not only display tangible examples of students' work, they provide proof of competence and skill mastery. Any student with a Canvas login can create a free Folio for life—they can start in high school or college and continually update it with the relevant experience they gain over the course of their careers.

Portfolium website

What is Portfolium?

How to add projects to Portfolium

Canvas Portfolium guides


Our school has access to Qualtrics TAMU if free online services are not an option for you. Check out these resources before you submit an application for a Qualtrics account with IT Help Desk Central

What is Qualtrics?
Why should I use Qualtrics instead of free online services such as Survey Monkey?

Make sure to submit your application before using Qualtrics. After receiving your Qualtrics account username and password, log in at

Canvas Integration

Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool that allows one to build surveys, distribute surveys and analyze responses from one convenient online location.

Check out how to create assignments in Canvas: Qualtrics in Canvas


The University Writing Center has a collection of SoftChalk modules that instructors can integrate into their Canvas courses. These modules provide lessons on writing. The instructions below discuss how you can use these modules for grades/credit through your Canvas course.

Contact us if you have questions about how to add these modules to your canvas courses. 


Consult the tutorials on how to use Turnitin on the Academic Innovation website: Turnitin Tool in Canvas

Exam Proctoring Tools

The following table provides an overview of the tools available at the School of Public Health

Respondus LDB
  Respondus LockDown Browser Examplify Aggie Proctoring Center  Live proctoring with Zoom Scantron

Type of Proctoring

Locks down computer  Locks down computer Live proctoring with record and review Live proctoring Paper-based/Scantron
OS compatibility Windows or OS and iOS Chrome  Windows, OS and iOS, and scantrons Chrome Browser Extension for Windows, OS, iOS, and Chromebooks Windows, OS, iOS, and Chromebooks Not required
Installation Desktop or Mobile App Desktop or Mobile App Desktop or Mobile App Desktop or Mobile App None
Devices required 1 1 Up to 2 Up to 2 Scantron
Internet usage All the time To download and upload exam All the time All the time  NA
LMS integration required Yes No Yes No Integration with Examsoft
Authentication required NetID NetID NetID  NetID  NA
Audio and video Camara is used to record video and audio during the exam; computer activity recorded Computer activity during the exam   Video and audio during the exam None


 Systems Sync/Registration

This is REQUIRED If you are planning to use ExamSoft (Examplify or Scantrons).

  1. Send to Academic Technology the course(s) that you would like to sync. This is due the week before the semester starts (e.g. phlt.304.500.2011).

Examsoft recently migrated our website to the Enterprise portal, therefore tutorials on how to manage the platform are new. For more information, please contact Patty Luna at 


  • Advise your student to check the Computer Requirements at SPH. Examsoft doesn't work on Android (tablets or Chromebooks) or Linux operating systems. 
  • Make sure all students have access to the App. For that, it is highly recommended to have a practice test before a real quiz/exam. 


Technical Support with ExamSoft

Administrator Exam Takers
888.792.3926 866.429.8889
Email: (24/7) 

 Local Academic Technology: (Office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Online course: Examsoft & Examplify Training


Respondus LockDown Browser 

This is a tool that works in Canvas, and prevents students from accessing other applications on their desktop/laptop, including other browsers and communication channels, during an exam. Respondus Monitor is a tool used in conjunction with Respondus Lockdown Browser in Canvas to record students taking the exam using Artificial Intelligence. This algorithm flags any testing irregularities for review by the faculty member and/or TA.

Respondus Monitor builds upon Respondus LockDown Browser, using a student’s webcam and video analytics to prevent cheating during exams. Make sure you add it to the settings.

For instructors

 For students: 

Respondus 4.0

This software enables the creation and management of printed and online exams. You can create exams directly within Respondus, import existing exams from word processor files, or pull content from publisher test banks.

We provide a university-wide site license for Respondus, which is available at no cost for instructors.

Visit the Texas A&M Software Store to download Respondus at no cost. Note: The software licensing expires annually and must be updated.


The Aggie Proctoring Center (APC)


The Aggie Proctoring Center (APC) provides a pool of Aggie Proctors assigned to proctor exams via Zoom. The APC attempts to replicate the in-classroom experience for the students and the faculty member. The faculty member conducts the proctored exam session in the same manner that faculty member conducts non-exam class session using Zoom. More information on APC website.


Adobe Creative Cloud

Texas A&M University has centrally funded Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Creative Cloud licenses, for up to two devices, for the 2023 fiscal year. The license covers specific TAMU System entities listed below. The license does not include students or student workers, though students may use their account to access Creative Cloud applications in all main campus computer labs or on any University-owned devices provisioned with an Adobe Creative Cloud “shared device license” by an IT Administrator. Working retirees employed by the university are included in this license, but non-working retirees are not.

Note: All Adobe Creative Cloud licenses will be distributed and assigned to licensed entity faculty and staff addresses. As a result, any existing Adobe licenses assigned to a boutique TAMU address (e.g. will require manual asset migration to the new account.

Shared device licenses are not applicable in Virtual lab environments where a named user license is still required. For licensed entity members previously licensed for Adobe products from their department please contact your IT administrator or Help Desk Central at 979.845.8300 if you require assistance migrating your Adobe Cloud files. You may also see our migration documentation in KB0021592.

How to access the Adobe Creative Cloud at Texas A&M University

Adobe Help Center

Troubleshooting issues with your ACC account.


Adobe Express

Adobe Express is free to use in education, also included with your Adobe CC license. Adobe has tutorials, courses, lesson plans and video guides on the Adobe Education Exchange, ready to help teachers and students start their creative journey and cultivate creative skills for college and career. Visit the Adobe Education Exchange website.


Audacity is a multi-track audio editor and recorder app. It is a free app. 


Camtasia can be used to edit both audio and video and to record your screen. TAMU has licenses for staff, faculty, and students. Go to TAMU Software Store to get the license and installation file. 



We have a small inventory of loaners in case you need some devices. Catch boxes, webcams, and an iPad Pro. Contact us for more details. 



Your course has access to Mediasite, the university's standardized streaming media system that provides either public or private access to video and audio content. Since your course has a storage limit, Mediasite offers you a limit of 10GB for videos. You can find more tutorials here: Mediasite TAMU or watch this video to learn how to embed a video in your Canvas course Mediasite and Canvas Video 




Transcripts and Closed Captions 

The School of Public Health offers to all faculty the generation of transcripts and closed captioning services for all lecture materials that need to be posted on Canvas or public websites. To request these services, please fill out this form: Transcripts or CCs (Descript tutorials)

Video tutorials:


The Studio

The Studio provides specialized services and tools for creating and editing graphics, video, audio, and multimedia projects. Our goal is to provide the Texas A&M University community with multimedia tools, expert assistance, and educational programming to support the creation of media-enriched instructional projects. Check their availability here: Online scheduling. The Studio is located at the Evans Library Annex. You can contact Bob Perez for more information. 



This is another option, but make sure your recording is unlisted: How to make your YouTube video unlisted.



Texas A&M University students and employees have access to a Zoom Pro Account. This software gives you the ability to:

  • Host online classes or meetings
  • Attend class or meetings remotely
  • Meet with classmates or co-workers for projects/assignments
  • Receive online mentoring
  • Share screen content and live chat during class/meetings

Getting Started with Zoom Guide The following is a checklist when scheduling or joining a Zoom Meeting. To get started, go to the TAMU Zoom website. For more details about your account, consult this website: Zoom Videoconferencing

Important Updates 

NOTE: To report technical issues with your Zoom account, please send an email to 


The following is a checklist when scheduling or joining a Zoom Meeting (Checklist (PDF))

Zoom settings
Before Meeting Start Meeting
  • Download App
  • Log in
  • Schedule Meeting 
  • Breakout rooms (pre-assigning)
  • Sending Zoom invitations
  • Virtual Backgrounds
  • Recordings
  • Test audio & video
zoom features

During Meeting

After Meeting
  • Starting breakout rooms 
  • Q&A using Chat
  • Share slides or screen
  • End Meeting 
  • Retrieve recording
  • Share recording
  • Attendance and polls reports

To learn how to use Zoom in Canvas, please consult this page