Welcome to Canvas@Queen’s

Log in to CanvasOver the next 12 months, Queen’s are rolling-out Canvas, a new university-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Canvas will be used by students and staff to support learning and teaching activities.

Canvas will simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools that staff and students use in one easy place.  It’s easy to implement, easy to use, and easy to make your own.

This website contains lots of useful information about the progress of the implementation, the training and support available for staff and students, and quick hints and tips to get you up-to-speed on Canvas.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a cloud-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from Instructure . It provides tools and facilities that allow lecturers to:

  • Share resources and information with students.
  • Easily organise students into groups for project work.
  • Embed multi-media elements into course materials quickly and easily.
  • Grade papers using the online ‘SpeedGrader‘ facility.
  • Create shared documents for students with the Collaborations facility
  • Host online webinars using the Conferences feature.

Canvas has a number of mobile apps for students and staff which allows access to module resources on-the-go.

Canvas can also integrate with other online apps and websites, for example, TurnitinUK and Office 365.

Access to the VLE is available to those who are currently using Canvas for the delivery of Semester 1 modules and those preparing modules for delivery in Semester 2, as part of a phased rollout.

In order to enable staff to explore Canvas during AY-2018/19, any member of staff who is associated with a module in Qsis (i.e. those with a VLE Update or VLE View role in Queen’s Online) will be provided with a personal Familiarisation Area in Canvas in early October 2018. A Familiarisation area is a private sandbox which offers a safe environment to become familiar with the features and functionality available within Canvas.

Click on the link below to log in using your standard University login and password.


link to training and events calendarThe VLE Pedagogy Support Team has developed a suite of face-to-face workshops, online courses and additional support activities which will help you become a confident user of Canvas.  A full programme of events and support activities are listed below. For more details or to book your place on one of many workshops, click on the links provided.

Online Courses

Getting Started with Canvas

Link to Getting Started course

As soon as you have access to Canvas, this course will be visible from your dashboard once you log in.  This is an online, self-paced introduction to Canvas.  The course consists of 8 lessons progressing from basic to intermediate features and will take approximately 11 hours to complete the entire online course. On completion of the course you should be able to build your module content in Canvas and be familiar with how to use the various tools in the new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to enhance your academic teaching and the student learning experience.

Student Canvas Orientation

Link to Student Orientation CourseThis short online course is aimed at Queen’s students to help them quickly understand how to navigate around Canvas and use key features relevant to their studies.  Important note on Canvas Terminology is also included. A link to the ‘Student Canvas Orientation’ course is available from the Welcome Page included in your Module Development Area.

Queen’s Canvas Video Bank

Link to Video BankQueen’s Canvas Video Bank contains a wide range of videos which have been compiled specifically to support staff at Queen’s University Belfast who are new to Canvas. Videos have been individually selected from the full set of Canvas video guides and Canvas FastTrack Video series created by Instructure, the Canvas supplier.


Canvas Drop-In Clinics (Bi-weekly)

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Come along to a Canvas Drop-in Clinic during any of the times listed below.  Work alongside a member of the team, ask questions, trouble shoot issues, fast-track the course development process, get to grips with the latest tips, trips and much more.

No need to register, just drop in!

Friday, 12 Oct 2018 09:30 -12:00 Newark Room, Lanyon
Friday, 26 Oct 2018 09:30 -12:00 Peter Froggatt Centre 01.020
Friday, 09 Nov 2018 09:30 -12:00 Lanyon 0G/054
👉  Friday, 23 Nov 2018 09:30 -12:00 Lanyon 0G/054
Friday, 07 Dec 2018 09:30 -12:00 Lanyon 0G/054

Canvas, Coffee & Conversations

Canvas, Coffee & ConverationCommunities of practice are beginning to emerge as we move through the initial phases of Canvas implementation across campus. ‘Canvas, Coffee & Conversations’ offers you the chance to hear what Early Adopters have to say about their Canvas experiences to date and to take a glimpse at what they are working on. You will also have the opportunity to view short demonstrations on useful features and functions of Canvas VLE and to participate in open floor discussions.

  • Upcoming Dates:
    • 23 November 2018 – The Senate Room, Lanyon Building 
    • 18 December 2018 – Student Guidance Centre Hub – Presentation Area

You can register your place for November’s session now (Fri 23 Nov from 13:00-14:00):  https://canvascoffee.eventbrite.co.uk

Webinar Wednesdays

A series of short online seminars will be available throughout the academic year to provide you with the opportunity to find out more about a varied range of digital learning approaches which Canvas VLE supports.

Registration is not required, just click on the link below five to ten minutes before the webinar begins and log in as a guest.

Link to Webinar Wednesday online session

  • Upcoming Dates:
    • 05 Dec 2018  (13.30 – 14.00) – Learner Journey & Students Progress:  This webinar will look at how to set up the learner journey and how Students can view their progress. You will see how easy it is to set; module prerequisites, requirements and to lock and publish content within your Canvas Course.
  • Recent Webinars:  For a full list of recent webinars with descriptions and link to recordings, visit the following link:  Webinar Wednesday recordings

Deeper Dives

Canvas Deeper Diver

Deeper Dive sessions will look in more detail at approaches for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, with guidance on which Canvas tool to use to support each approach.  Deeper Dive sessions aim to compliment the core workshops on offer.

Further information and registration details linked below.

  • Upcoming Dates:
      • 20 November 2018 –  Teach Like Yoda:  Dive into using Mastery Pathways for personalised learning. Every student needs guidance to navigate their own personal learning journey and become a Jedi Master. Learn how to segment your course into personal learner journeys using pre-determined criteria and give your students a tailored learning experience, all at the press of a button!
        Register here: https://deeperdivenovember.eventbrite.co.uk
      • 11 December 2018 – Why Reinvent the Wheel:  Come take a Deeper Dive and explore the online worlds of Canvas Commons and the Canvas Community. Why reinvent the wheel when it comes to making online resources for your subject.  Find, Import and Share resources from Canvas Commons to your Canvas Course. Let us show you how.
      • Register here:  https://deeperdivedecember.eventbrite.co.uk


Achieving Blended Learning with Canvas

Link to Registration FormThe aim of this workshop is to explore the concept of Blended Learning, to consider your current curriculum delivery and discover how Canvas can facilitate a more digital approach. Map specific Canvas tools and features to help facilitate a move towards a more digital/blended curriculum.  Intended for Module Conveners and Module Teams, and those responsible for development of module content.

Setting up your Module in Canvas (Workshop #1)

Link to Registration FormThe aim of this workshop is to give you the essential skills and knowledge to populate the template pages of your Module Development Area, to prepare your academic module(s) in Canvas with key information, and to learn how to structure and add accessible content.  Intended for Module Conveners and Module Teams, and those responsible for development of module content.

Groups, Collaborations & Communications (Workshop #2)

Link to Registration Form

The aim of this workshop is to give you the skills and knowledge to use the more advanced features within Canvas, including Groups, Collaborations, Communications, Discussions, Conferences, Announcements,  Student View, Calendar, Appointment Groups, Conversations, Chat and much more. Intended for those responsible for development and/or delivery of module content.

Quizzes, Assignments and Feedback (Workshop #3)

Link to Registration FormThe aim of this workshop is to give you the skills and knowledge to use the more advanced features within Canvas, including quizzes and question banks, Rubrics, assignment groups and rules, Gradebook, Speedgrader and much more.  Intended for those responsible for development and/or delivery of module content.

Canvas for Teaching Assistants

Link to Registration FormThe aim of this workshop is to prepare you to use Canvas to support the blended delivery of your module content and create an engaging online learning environment for your students.  Intended for those responsible for delivery of module content.

Canvas for Support Staff

Link to Registration FormThe aim of this workshop is to prepare you to use Canvas to manage and support the delivery and administration of a Queen’s teaching module.  Intended for those responsible for support and administration of academic modules

Training and Events Calendar

All upcoming Canvas training events are shown in the calendar below.