Canvas Course Content FAQ for Instructors

What is the difference between a classic and "new" quiz?

Please see the Canvas knowledgebase for more information.

Can I name my course modules?

Yes, you can change a module's name by selecting the 3 dots to the right of the module, then selecting edit. The CTLD has created a specific MSU Denver tutorial on Modules. For more information please visit the How do I edit a module page in the Canvas knowledge base.

How do I organize my course modules?

Please see the CTLD's Modules tutorial page or the Canvas knowledgebase for more information.

What is indentation?

Indentation is used in Canvas to help you visually organize your course Modules. To learn more about how to use indentation, please check the "Add Sections in Module" tutorial on the Modules tutorials page.

Can we create content using our own HTML code into Canvas, or do we have to use the built-in editor?

Canvas's Rich Text Editor allows instructors to insert HTML code into their content. By choosing the "Switch to raw HTML" button in the lower-right corner of the editor, you will be taken to the HTML view and can work in HTML code from there. Please see the Canvas knowledgebase for more information.

Can I view/edit the due dates and availability of course content in one location?

You can edit all due dates and content availability of a particular course by going to Assignments in the course navigation menu, clicking the three dots in the right-hand corner, and selecting Edit Assignment Dates. Please visit the Canvas knowledgebase for more information.

Can I make a quiz with randomly-selected questions?

Yes, you can create quizzes with randomly-selected questions. Please see the Canvas knowledgebase for more information.

What is a Question Bank? How do I create them?

Question Banks created in Canvas are used to store and organize questions you want to use in future quizzes and exams. Please see the Quizzes/Tests tutorials page or the Canvas knowledgebase for information on creating and using a question bank.

How do I import a Question Bank?

If you are importing a question bank from...

  • Another MSU Denver Canvas course: Please follow these instructions.
  • An external publisher: Please reach out to your publisher representative directly for information on how to use their content within Canvas.


Why does Canvas keep giving me a "Found auto-saved content" prompt?

To help prevent accidental loss of information, Canvas automatically backs up your content while you are editing it. If you are receiving the "Found auto-saved content" prompt, it means Canvas is holding on to unsaved information which may have been lost due to leaving the content editing page without saving your changes. Clicking on the arrow next to "preview" will let you see the unsaved content, and will let you decide if you want to restore the lost content or reject the changes and revert back to the last version you saved yourself.

It is recommended you do not use the 'back' or 'forward' buttons of your web browser while working in Canvas. If you are asked to verify that you want to leave the site you are on, this indicates you have not saved your changes, and you may receive auto-saved content prompts when you return to that content page.

What are Group Assignments? How do I use them?

Canvas Group Assignments is a feature that makes it easy to assign and grade collaborative assignments. Please see the Group Work/Collaboration tutorials page or the Canvas knowledge base for more information.

Can I attach more than one file in a discussion board?

Canvas discussion boards can only have one file attached to them. However, you can add hyperlinks for additional files, webpages, or other course content to a discussion board by using the Rich Content Editor.

How do I change the availability of content for students? 

There are a number of ways you can change the availability of content for your students:

  1. Modules can be locked to prevent students from fully accessing the content within them. A locked module can also have date restrictions set so that it opens and closes on specific days and times. Please see the Canvas knowledgebase for more information.
  2. Individual pieces of content within a course can be left unpublished until you are ready to share that material with the class, at which point you can manually publish the content. Please see the Canvas knowledgebase articles on Publishing/Unpublishing Modules and Publishing/Unpublishing Pages for more information.
  3. File availability can be restricted in Canvas through scheduling availability dates and through private links. Please see the Canvas knowledgebase for information about restricting file access.
  4. Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions can all be given availability dates when you are creating or editing their detail settings. Please see the Assignments tutorialsQuizzes/Tests tutorials, or Discussions tutorials pages for more information.

Can students print content from my course? How do they do it?

Yes, students can print course content.

  • Standalone documents and files (e.g. PDFs, Word Documents) can be downloaded by students and printed using whatever program they open those files with.
  • Canvas pages can be printed using the print functionality of whatever web browser is being used to view Canvas.

How do I get content from previous classes into my current course?

Canvas allows instructors to migrate their own content from one course to another. The exact method of doing so will vary depending on your level of access to the original course.

How do I copy and/or share content with other faculty?

Please see the Course Copy Guide and Share your Lead Course with other Instructors tutorials on the CTLD's FAQ Guides page. 

Why is there no "BigBlueButton" that I see discussed in online Canvas posts?

MSU Denver is not using the “BigBlueButton” option for conferences. Microsoft Teams is the University's official web conferencing platform. If you are interested in doing web conferencing in your course, we encourage you to review the tutorials on Communication.


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