We are Moving to Canvas – Where to start?

Don Shegog, Instructional Technologist

Wake Forest University

As we all know, we are moving from Sakai to Canvas. A few faculty are already using Canvas, and even morel start using Canvas in Spring 2020. If you are teaching in Sakai now, you will need to move to Canvas by Fall, 2020, as Sakai will be retired on September 1.

Here are three things you can do now to get ready for the move.


I. Customize your course list

Customizing your course list cleans up your dashboard and gives you easy access to the courses you use most. Your dashboard will be populated with your current courses for Fall 2019 and it may show your courses for Spring of 2020.

How to Customize your Course List


II. Set your Notification Preferences

By default, Canvas will send you notification emails when changes are made. To control when you receive notifications, you can choose one of four delivery types: right away, a daily summary, weekly summary, or don’t send. These settings apply to all your courses; you cannot have different setting for individual courses.

How to Set Your Notification Preferences


III. Download the Canvas Teacher App

Canvas has a Teacher App for Apple iOS and Android. The apps provide you the ability to communicate with your students, update some course content and grade on-the-go with the Canvas Speed Grader.

Mobile Canvas App Guides

Once downloaded, search for Wake Forest University in the app.

Don’t forget Canvas at WFU


And of course, https://canvas.wfu.edu/ is the go-to place for keeping up-to-date on our transition from Sakai to Canvas.


For other tips and tutorials, visit the Instructional Technology Group site or contact your instructional technologist.

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