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Distance Education

About Canvas

How to Access Your Course

  1. Login to Buzz In and click on the Canvas Link located on the right.
  2. Go directly to Blackboard at

Your username and password will be the same as your Buzz In and ESU Email account. In most cases, you will not be able to access Canvas until the first day of class or shortly before.

Frequently Asked Questions

If my instructor has made my class unavailable, how do I view my course in Canvas?

Many instructors make their course unavailable to students so that they can finalize course content. Your course will be accessible on the first day of class. However, you can still tell if the course is on Canvas. After you have logged in, you can view your current, past, and future enrollment coures in Canvas. Open the Courses & Groups tab on the Global Navigation Bar. At the bottom of the drop-down menu, click the View all. All of your future coures will apear there even if your instructor has made access unavailable.  These courses will appear in gray text until they are accessible. Students cannot access these courses until they are published as an active course and move under My Courses heading.

My course is listed in the My Courses section of Canvas so how do I access it?

Your course will be listed on your Canvas Homepage which is the page you will see after logging in to Buzz-in and clicking on Canvas. You will access your courses by clicking on the dashboard. Open the Courses & Groups, at the bottom of the drop-down menu, click the View all courses.  Courses are organized into three categories: My Courses, Past Enrollment and Future Enrollments.  Accessible coures are identified by blue text, click a course name to open the coures. Courses appear in gray text until tehy are accessible. See the question just above this one if you want to check that you are actually enrolled.

Why are last semester's classes still appearing in Canvas?

Courses remain in Canvas for a period of time after your course has ended in order for you to retrieve any information you may wish to save and for instructors to archive the course. You can customize your previous classes in Canvas if you wish. Click customize on the courses drop-down menu, click the checkboxes next to a course to add or remove the course from the Courses drop-down menu.  Courses you add will immediately appear in the menu to the left.  Courses you remove will immediately disappear from the menu.  Once you have finished customizing the drop-down courses menu, close the customization menu by clicking the X icon at the top right. 

Why is a class I dropped still appearing in Canvas?

If you are still seeing a class you have dropped, check with Distance Education as maybe you have not actually been dropped from the course.

How do I take a Quiz?

You can easily take a quiz by accessing the Quizzes page. Click the Quizzes link, on the left hand side of the page.  Here you will see a list of quizzes for the course.

For each of these quizzes you’ll see a due date (if there is one) as well as the point value and other details.

Select the quiz you would like to take by clicking the title of the quiz.

The Quiz details will show you the Due date for the quiz, the number of points it is worth, the number of questions in the quiz, and the time limit, if any.

To begin the quiz, click the Take the Quiz button. This will start the clock to the quiz (if it's timed) and you will be actively taking the test.

Note: If your quiz has a time limit, you must complete the entire quiz within that time in one sitting. If you navigate away from the quiz, the timer will keep running. You will also be kicked out of the quiz when the time limit has been reached.

Note: If you start the quiz before the due date but do not finish by the due date, Canvas will automatically submit the quiz for you on the due date.

How do I view the Calendar?

Click the Calendar link in the Global Navigation menu.  The Calendar displays everything you are enrolled in since the Calendar spans across all courses. In the navigation bar, you can choose to view the calendar in Month, Week, or Agenda view. The view you choose dictates the style of the calendar window. By default, the calendar appears in Month view.

The sidebar shows a quick-view calendar, your list of courses and groups, and undated items for your courses and groups. 

Each personal, course, and group calendar is identified by a separate color that populates the calendar view. Associated assignments for each course or group will appear within the calendar view for each calendar. For instance, in the above example, assignments and events from the Biology 101 course will appear as green in the calendar view.

By default, all your course calendars and group calendars will be selected and appear in the calendar view. To hide a calendar, click the box next to the name of the calendar. Calendars that are not active within the calendar view will appear in gray.

Note: Colors are arbitrarily assigned to each course; they cannot be changed.

Getting Help

Taking an online course can be a challenging experience for students. Not only is the learning environment more isolated than the traditional classroom, but an online course may require more motivation and effort to successfully complete. At Emporia State University, we are committed to providing resources to help make the experience as trouble-free as possible.

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