Canvas for Students

Canvas is the University-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for students at Queen’s which is used to support learning and teaching activities.

Tips for learning online with Canvas

Now that face-to-face lectures and seminars are no longer an option, you can participate in remote online learning activities. This guide will provide you with some useful tips and guidance on how to get started with online learning.

Seven Top Tips

1. Be Patient

For many, this will be a new experience. Teaching staff are doing their best to get your learning content to you on Canvas in an alternative format at short notice. Please be patient with them and with yourself as you get used to this new learning experience.

2. Create a dedicated study space

If possible, set yourself up with a dedicated study space that’s quiet and free from distractions. Have a study space conducive to learning by ensuring you are sitting comfortably, with appropriate lighting.

3. Plan out your routine and study schedule

Consider a study calendar, create to-do lists and set yourself some manageable goals. Then try and stick to your schedule.   

4. Take regular study breaks

Be sure to also include regular breaks in your study schedule, grab a coffee or watch an episode of your favourite TV show.

5. Embrace online and get involved

It can be daunting at first but try where possible to participate in Canvas discussion, join online chats and conferences and get involved with your peers!

6. Stay Connected

Stay connected with your peers using tools such as Canvas conferences and other University supported tools such as Microsoft Teams. This is also a great way to test out your tech!

7. Know who to ask for help

There is lots of support out there so when needed, be sure to ask for help! Check your welcome page in Canvas for clarification on how to reach your teaching team.

Don’t forget you can access 24/7 Canvas support, directly from the HELP menu in Canvas.

View more information on Student wellbeing services.

The Learning Development Service has a number of key resources to support you during this period of transition and preparation.

Canvas Online Guides and Resources

Student Guides

Mobile Guides

Please Note: if you are using the Student App, please make sure that you use the full Canvas web application on your desktop or laptop rather than the Student APP for submission of assignments to ensure that all submission functionality is available to you!