Get Started with Canvas @ USD (2024)

Get Started with Canvas @ USD

We are pleased to announce that the Canvas learning management system is now available for your use in anticipation of the Spring 2024 launch for all USD courses. Please read below to learn more about what you can expect during the transition and register for training sessions at: (details below).

Accessing Canvas and Your Courses

Navigate to and log in using your USDOne credentials to access the system. Upon entering Canvas, you will find:

  • Spring Course(s): If you're registered for a Spring 2024 course in Banner, it will be accessible on Canvas.
  • Blackboard Archive: The course (or courses) you taught in Blackboard in the last year (Fall 2022 to Summer 2023) are imported to Canvas for your access.
  • Sandbox Course: An unstructured course for you to experiment with content, fine-tune settings or test custom navigations. This can be replicated in subsequent terms as needed.
  • Quick Start to Canvas Course Design: view this short video (10:14) on how to design your courses and use our templates.

Migrated Blackboard Courses

If you don't see your Blackboard course(s) in Canvas or if you wish to access a course from over a year ago, please send an email to and the course will be imported for you into Canvas. When doing so, please specify your Blackboard course ID (e.g., AAI-550-01-FA23).

Canvas Training and Support for Faculty

The Learning Design Center (LDC) has curated an extensive training program on Canvas and integrated technologies. These sessions will be available in-person, remote via Zoom, synchronously, and asynchronously. They will include:

  • Canvas Basics: An introductory session on course setup including Zoom and Panopto
  • Canvas Plus: Learn more about Canvas’s advanced features for customizing course navigation. In addition to workflows for Ally, eTextbooks and Turnitin.
  • Canvas Gradebook: Training on grading and setting up your gradebook and providing robust feedback on assessments.
  • Canvas Boot Camp: Readily available assistance on-site during November, December, and January. No registration required.
  • Growing With Canvas: this self-paced online course provides a comprehensive course design training. Links to tutorials and resources are provided as well as optional practice activities you can try out in your Sandbox or course shell. Self-enroll to access the asynchronous course (you will be directed to log into Canvas first).

Register for these training sessions at Beyond these live sessions, you can also:

  • Check out the LDC Faculty Support Center for Canvas support materials specifically created and curated for USD Faculty.
  • Browse the Canvas Faculty Training Portal for various resources.
  • Refer to the comprehensive Canvas Instructor Guide and the Canvas Community for tutorials and step-by-step guides.
  • Schedule a One-on-One Consultation for a 30-minute personal virtual session with LDC Instructional Support. Additionally, on-demand phone and email support will be provided.

Preparing Your Course for Spring

We have prepared a USD Blackboard to Canvas Import Guide to help you build your course from scratch in a sandbox course or if you wish to modify the content that was imported from Blackboard. Based on faculty feedback from the Early Adopters program, you can expect to spend an average of an additional 4-8 hours in preparing your course, depending on the complexity of your content.

LDC will be reaching out with further communications as we move through the implementation. For further inquiries please go to or contact


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How does Canvas detect cheating? ›

Activity monitoring tools – Canvas provides solutions like locking the browser or detecting suspicious activity, such as opening a new tab during exams. Activity analysis tools – teachers can evaluate students' time on each task and even assess the keystrokes or mouse clicks if the test results seem fishy.

Can canvas see how fast you answer questions? ›

The Canvas Activity Log will show what a student is doing within each minute of the quiz or exam. For example, if during the fifth minute of the exam a student answers numerous questions, the Canvas Activity log would pick up that information and label it all under the fifth minute of the exam.

Can professors see canvas activity during quiz? ›

Can professors see what websites I visit during a Canvas quiz? No, professors cannot see the specific websites you visit while you are outside of the quiz page. However, they can see that you left the quiz and the duration of your absence.

Can Canvas detect copy and paste? ›

No, Canvas itself doesn't have a built-in feature to directly detect copy and paste.

Does Canvas know if you inspect an element? ›

Can Canvas detect if I use Inspect Element during a quiz? No, Canvas doesn't directly detect Inspect Element use. It focuses more on tracking user activity and securing quiz answers.

Can Canvas see if you leave the tab? ›

While some sources insist that without webcam monitors students can switch tabs freely, viral videos on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram show teachers getting notified as soon as students leave the Canvas website during assessments.

Will Canvas know if I split screen? ›

The system won't automatically notice a split screen unless the student actively clicks away from the active Canvas test page. It's important to know that Canvas becomes more capable in detecting and even restricting split screens during proctored tests when tools like Respondus Monitor and Proctorio are used.

Can Canvas see if I screenshot? ›

In a normal assignment environment, Canvas cannot detect screen sharing or screenshots if a student is working on them using a normal browser. The system cannot detect what you do outside their current page. However, if proctored, Canvas can detect and prevent screen sharing or taking of screenshots.

Can canvas tell if you Google answers? ›

Through the Quiz Log function, the system will detect when the person taking the online test opens a new tab or browser, recording and reporting any suspicious action. Canvas can also avert cheating by locking the browser during the exam. Canvas tracks the time spent by the student on each question.

How to tell if a canvas quiz is proctored? ›

How can I tell in Canvas if my exams use Proctorio? Within Canvas, navigate to where your exams are located, typically in Modules or Quizzes. If the quiz title says “Remotely Proctored,” Proctorio will be used with it.

Does Canvas have eye tracking? ›

“This one is definitely false,” Casey says, noting that Canvas doesn't have that capability. However, faculty can see some kinds of video viewing activity in Canvas.

Can teachers on Canvas see if you leave the quiz? ›

While Canvas cannot lock down a student browser or computer, it can track if students leave a page. By turning on Quiz Log Auditing, you can review individual student start times, end times, and when they exit the Canvas quiz.

Can Canvas tell if you switch desktops? ›

Proctoring and Canvas

Non-proctored tests: In non-proctored exams, Canvas doesn't inherently monitor tab-switching. Proctored tests: In proctored exams, Blackboard or Canvas can detect the switching of tabs through the use of a proctoring software known as Respondus monitor.

Can Canvas see if you use chat GPT? ›

Can Canvas tell if you used ChatGPT? Canvas itself doesn't sniff out ChatGPT use. It's more about the savvy of your teacher spotting non-student-like writing.

How do I see student quiz answers in canvas? ›

  1. In the course navigation, click the Quizzes link.
  2. Click the name of the quiz.
  3. Click the three vertical dots icon at the top of the quiz and then click Show Student Quiz Results.
  4. Click the name of the student whose results you want to see.
  5. At the top of the results page you will see a link saying View Log.
Feb 15, 2022

How do I get into canvas quiz without access code? ›

  1. Open your Canvas course.
  2. Find the quiz requiring an access code.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Find Quiz requirements.
  5. Un-check Require access code.
  6. Select Save.
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