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Canvas Teaching Tips


Canvas Teaching Tips are distributed by the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences Online and Academic Technology Services office and offer SHORT helpful tips about Canvas, online learning, and academic technology. 

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Canvas Setup and Help

Next semester is just around the corner. Here are TWO things you can do to make sure your Canvas account is ready to go!


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1. Update your Profile to include a Photo

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Students will connect better with you through "seeing" you.

It helps to clarify who is posting an announcement and/or discussion.

Click here for a guide to adding a photo to your Canvas profile

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2. Add your Email Alias


Adding your OU email alias to Canvas allows you to directly reply to Canvas messages from your OU email.


  • Your default email at OU looks something like this:
    Example: --> This is the email that is already in Canvas.

  • Your alias email is shorter and is usually something you have chosen.
    Example:  --> This is the email you want to add to Canvas.

example of email alias - becomes soonerth

Click here to view a guide on adding an email alias in Canvas

Click here to view a guide on creating an OU email alias - see the Email Information section


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Canvas help is easy to find and always available. Click the Help button in the Canvas global navigation for 24 hour support and great help guides.

Click here to view a guide on using Canvas Help

Learn more!

If you'd like to learn more about this Canvas tip, or Canvas in general, please contact our office at 405.325.5854 or