How to Succeed with UNR Canvas: A Student and Instructor Guide


UNR Canvas is the official learning management system for the University of Nevada, Reno. This robust online platform empowers impactful digital learning for students while providing instructors with versatile tools to create engaging course environments. In this post, we’ll explore the key features of UNR Canvas, best practices for students and instructors, grade management capabilities, communication tools, mobile access, analytics, troubleshooting tips, and additional resources available. Whether you are new to UNR Canvas or looking to take your skills to the next level, this guide will help you maximize the platform’s potential for online teaching and learning success.

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What is UNR Canvas? Overview of the learning management system

1. What is UNR Canvas? Overview of the learning management system.

UNR Canvas is the official learning management system (LMS) used by the University of Nevada, Reno. Canvas provides an online platform for students and instructors to access course content, assignments, grades, and communication tools.

As an LMS, UNR Canvas aims to enhance learning and improve student outcomes. It enables instructors to share materials, administer quizzes and exams, provide feedback, and promote discussion. Students can submit assignments, track their progress, and engage with their courses, all within the UNR Canvas platform.

UNR Canvas replaces WebCampus and provides upgraded features and functionality. It was adopted by UNR in 2018 as part of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s system-wide LMS transition. UNR Canvas improves upon outdated systems and optimizes the digital learning experience.

With UNR Canvas, instructors can create dynamic online course spaces using multimedia tools, share content in several formats, and tap into analytics. Students gain flexible access on the go through iOS and Android apps. The platform integrates with several third-party tools as well.

As the official LMS for all programs, UNR Canvas enables impactful digital learning for UNR’s 20,000+ students. Intuitive design and focused features empower instructors to teach effectively online or use blended learning models.

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Getting Started with UNR Canvas

2. Getting Started with UNR Canvas – How to access it, create an account, navigate the platform

Access your UNR Canvas account by going to and clicking “Log in.” You’ll log in with your NetID and password. These are the same credentials you use for your university email.

Once logged in, you’ll be taken to your UNR Canvas dashboard. This central hub shows all the courses you are enrolled in, organized by term. Select any course card to access that course’s homepage.

On the course homepage, you’ll find sections for announcements, assignments, readings, and more. Navigation links on the left allow you to move between different parts of UNR Canvas, like Calendar or Inbox.

The Courses tab along the top toolbar shows all your enrolled courses. Click All Courses to see your full course list. The Account tab is where you can set up your profile, notifications, files, and more.

On the web, UNR Canvas is best accessed using the Chrome or Firefox browsers. But students can also download the Canvas mobile app for iOS or Android to take their courses on the go.

With this quick UNR Canvas orientation, you’ll be ready to make the most of this powerful online learning platform. Check with your instructor if you need help with a specific course-related task.

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3. Key Features of UNR Canvas – Discuss top features like assignments, quizzes, communication tools, mobile app

UNR Canvas provides a robust set of features to enhance online teaching and learning. Here are some of the key capabilities:

Assignments – Instructors can create assignments and set due dates. Students submit work via the Assignments page. Rubrics can be attached for graded work.

Quizzes – Assess student learning with quizzes. Options include multiple choice, true/false, matching and calculated questions. Quizzes can be automatically graded.

Grades – The grade book provides a central place for instructors to input grades and students to track their progress. Grades can be weighted.

Files – Course files can be uploaded for student access. Students can submit files like documents, images, videos.

Discussions – Engage students in topic discussions via traditional online forums or multimedia Discussions.

Calendar – View due dates, assignments, events and more via the course Calendar. Syncs with personal calendars.

Announcements – Instructors share announcements to communicate with the class. Students get notifications.

Mobile App – UNR Canvas has iOS and Android apps so students can access courses on mobile devices.

Media Tools – Embed images, videos and audio right in UNR Canvas pages and assignments.


Analytics – Instructors can view metrics for student engagement, submissions, page views and more.

UNR Canvas aims to provide versatile tools for impactful online instruction and optimized student learning.

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4. Tips for Students Using UNR Canvas – Best practices for students to succeed, like staying organized, turning on notifications

UNR Canvas empowers students to succeed in their online courses. Here are some top tips:

Stay Organized – Use the Calendar tool to note due dates. Organize files per course in folders. Check the Syllabus often.

Enable Notifications – Turn on push notifications for Announcements and assignement due date reminders via Account settings.

Check Announcements – Don’t miss important updates from your instructor. Check Announcements regularly.

Participate – Engage in Discussions and ask questions. Instructors see your activity and engagement.

Submit Assignments Early – Don’t wait until the last minute. Submit assignments with time to spare in case of tech issues.

Use the Mobile Apps – Download the UNR Canvas apps so you can work on the go from your iOS or Android device.

Explore Resources – Consult available resources like lesson recordings, course modules, and linked materials.

Set Up Your Profile – Upload a profile picture and fill in your profile so instructors and peers can get to know you.

Troubleshooting – If something doesn’t work, check Canvas Status or contact tech support right away.

Mastering online learning with UNR Canvas takes discipline and engagement. Following these tips will help you maximize the platform and succeed.

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5. Tips for Instructors Using UNR Canvas – Best practices for instructors, like adding multimedia, using rubrics, integrating other tools.

UNR Canvas provides instructors with robust tools to build engaging online course environments. Here are some best practices:

Add Multimedia – Embed images, videos, and audio to create dynamic content pages using the rich content editor.

Use Rubrics – Create rubrics to grade assignments efficiently. Students can view rubric criteria before submitting work.

Integrate Tools – Link to external tools like Google Drive, YouTube, and Flipgrid using LTI integrations for more options.

Send Announcements – Use Announcements to update students regularly. They receive notifications and stay in the loop.

Monitor Analytics – Use the Analytics dashboard to track student activity, submissions, page views, and identify at-risk learners.

Enable Notifications – Receive alerts about new assignments and student messages via notification settings.

Hold Online Office Hours – Use web conferencing tools like Zoom and chat options to connect live. Record sessions to share later.

Create Modules – Organize content, assignments, quizzes, and activities into coherent learning sequences using Modules.

Encourage Discussions – Spark student conversations using traditional Discussions or multimedia Discussions with video replies.

Use Instructional Design – Follow multimedia learning and UDL principles to create an accessible, engaging online course.

Leverage tutorials, communities, and support to continually develop your UNR Canvas skills. A well-designed course enhances learning.

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6. Grade Management with UNR Canvas – How the gradebook works, entering grades, weighting grades

The UNR Canvas gradebook provides robust tools for assessing student work and tracking grades. Here’s how it works:

Entering Grades – Instructors manually enter grades for assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. directly in the gradebook. Cells turn colors based on the score.

Grade Weighting – Gradebook categories can be weighted to count towards a percentage of the final grade. Weights are visible to students.

Grade Overrides – Instructors can override a grade calculation with a different score if needed for an individual student.

Anonymous Grading – Identities can be hidden during grading to remove bias.

Excused Assignments – Assignments can be marked “excused” to exclude them from final grade calculations.

Dropping Grades – Low scores can be dropped from final grade calculations by setting assignments, quizzes etc. to “not count.”

Extra Credit – Extra credit opportunities with points or percentages can be given to boost grades.

Exporting – Grades can be downloaded from UNR Canvas as CSV files and imported to Excel.

The UNR Canvas gradebook enables accurate and efficient grade management. Customizable settings give flexibility.

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7. Communication Tools in UNR Canvas – Using announcements, discussions, inbox for class communication

UNR Canvas provides several ways for instructors and students to communicate within courses:

Announcements – Instructors can create announcements visible on the course home page to relay important updates. Students receive notifications.

Discussions – Traditional online forums allow students to discuss course topics. Instructors can create threaded discussions.

Inbox – A private messaging system enables sending emails to instructors or classmates within UNR_Canvas.

Chat – The Chat tool allows for real-time messaging. Instructors can chat with one student or a group.

Conferences – Audio/video conferencing tools like Zoom can be integrated to enable live sessions.

Comments – Students and instructors can leave comments on course pages, assignments, quizzes, etc.

Collaborations – Google Docs and other tools allow for collaborative work on documents.

Profile Email – Student contact email addresses are visible in profile directories for out-of-class communication.

Together, these UNR_Canvas communication channels allow instructors and students to interact, collaborate, discuss content, and build community online.

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8. Mobile Access for UNR Canvas – Overview of iOS and Android apps

UNR Canvas offers free mobile apps so students can access their courses on iOS and Android devices:

iOS App – The Canvas Student app is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. It provides access to courses, assignments, grades, and more.

Android App – Canvas Student is also available on Google Play for Android phones and tablets. The app enables course access on the go.

App Features – The apps provide the tools to view content, submit assignments, post to discussions, take quizzes, message instructors and classmates, and receive notifications.

Offline Access – With the apps, students can download course content for offline access when internet connectivity is limited. Downloads synchronize when back online.

Mobile Submission – Media assignments like photos, videos, and audio can be directly submitted from the mobile apps.

App Settings – Students can control app notifications and frequency of syncing to conserve device storage space and data.

Biometric Login – On supported devices, Touch ID or Face ID can be enabled to quickly access the apps.

The UNR_Canvas mobile apps make it easy and convenient to stay on top of coursework from anywhere using an iOS or Android mobile device.

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9. Integrations and Plugins for UNR Canvas – Connecting other tools like Google Drive, Zoom, Turnitin.

UNR Canvas allows instructors to integrate external apps and services to enhance their courses:

Google Drive – Share Google Docs for collaboration, collect files with Google Forms, embed YouTube videos.

Zoom – Integrate Zoom for live video conferencing and webinars right within Canvas pages.

Kaltura – This integration enables inserting videos, screen captures, animations into Canvas.

Turnitin – Connect to Turnitin to check student work for originality and provide feedback.

Flipgrid – Students can record video responses to prompts which instructors can embed.

eduCanon – Create annotated video lessons by embedding eduCanon videos into Canvas.

Padlet – Collaborative boards allow students to share ideas by posting comments and media.

Piazza – Integrate this Q&A platform to crowdsource questions and encourage discussions.

Slack – Connect a Slack workspace to Canvas for enhanced communication.

These are just some of the many integrations and plugins available to customize UNR_Canvas and incorporate multimedia tools for more engaging learning experiences.

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10. Analytics and Reports in UNR Canvas – Tracking student progress, downloads, page views

UNR Canvas provides robust analytics and reporting to help instructors understand student progress and engagement:

Student Analytics – Instructor dashboards track individual student activity like page views, participation, and submissions.

Assignment Reports – See how many students have submitted an assignment, along with grades and timelines.

Quiz Reports – Quiz reports show class and individual student performance to identify problem areas.

Participation Report – This tracks how often each student accesses different course areas and engages in activities.

Download Report – See what course files and media students are downloading and accessing.

Student Overview – Get an overview of how much time a student has spent in content vs. assignments, grade distribution, and activity.

Blueprint Courses – Instructors can copy Analytics set-up from Blueprint Courses containing exemplary metrics.

The UNR_Canvas Analytics provide data to help instructors identify trends, engagement levels, at-risk students, and guide instructional strategies.

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11. Troubleshooting Common UNR Canvas Issues – Fixes for technical problems like lost work, login issues

Here is a draft of the “Troubleshooting Common UNR_Canvas Issues” section:

Using any new online platform can present some technical challenges. Here are fixes for common UNR_Canvas issues:

Can’t Login – Double check your username/password. Reset your password if needed. Clear browser cookies/cache.

Lost Assignment Work – Canvas auto saves drafts. Go to the assignment and check the Drafts folder to recover work.

App Not Syncing – Force quit and restart the Canvas app. Check device settings for background app refresh.

Errors Submitting – Files over size limit or incorrect file formats can create submission errors. Compress files or convert to PDF.

Canvas Running Slow – Close browser tabs to free up RAM. Connect to wifi for better performance vs. mobile data.

Grades Not Showing – Instructors must manually publish grades for students to view them. It’s not automatic.

Getting Error Messages – Refer to the Canvas Guides for common errors. Or Google the error code for solutions.

If issues persist, contact the UNR_Canvas Help Desk via live chat or by submitting a support ticket.

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Looking to further develop your UNR_Canvas skills? Here are helpful resources:

UNR_Canvas Guides – Comprehensive user guides for students and instructors to utilize different Canvas features.

Canvas Video Tutorials – Short video tutorials cover basic to advanced Canvas skills and best practices.

UNR_Canvas Training – Instructor workshops and online modules to build Canvas course design expertise.

Canvas Status – Check the status page for any known system outages or maintenance.

Canvas Help Center – Search the Canvas knowledge base for step-by-step tutorials.

UNR_Canvas Help Desk – Contact UNR support staff by submitting a ticket or live chat.

Canvas Community – Engage with other users in the Canvas Community forums and groups.

Canvas Catalog – Browse apps, books, and videos curated by Canvas professionals.

Leveraging available resources will help you continually develop new skills and troubleshoot issues. Mastering UNR_Canvas leads to more impactful online instruction and enhanced learning.

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13. UNR Canvas Contact Details

Call: 775-682-5000
1664 N. Virginia St, Reno, NV 8955

14. Conclusion – Summary of key points and benefits of using UNR Canvas.

UNR, Canvas provides a robust online learning management system that empowers impactful teaching and enhanced student outcomes. With its array of features for content delivery, assignment and quiz administration, grade management, and communication, UNR, Canvas enables instructors to create dynamic course sites. Students gain flexible access and tools to stay organized and engaged.

By leveraging multimedia integration, mobile apps, analytics, and other built-in capabilities, UNR, Canvas facilitates active learning and community building within online courses. Following best practices around course design, communication, and troubleshooting will ensure a successful experience on the platform.

With this overview of key features, tips, and resources, both instructors and students can use this guide to optimize their use of UNR, Canvas. As the primary LMS for the University of Nevada, Reno, Canvas is transforming digital education, removing barriers, and enabling student success. Mastering this platform is essential for teaching and learning in the 21st century.

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