Accessing Your Course Online
Canvas will serve as your online classroom and a space for your instructor to provide course information and content. Students can access Canvas via web browser at canvas.bgsu.edu or through the Canvas mobile app. Make sure that you can view all of your Canvas courses on your Canvas dashboard.
If you are unable to access your Canvas course, please check to see if your course is published. If a course is not accessible to you in your course list, it may not be published. Contact your instructor to publish the course.
When you open your course in Canvas, you will land on the course’s home page which will help you navigate your course and manage your coursework.
Participating In Online Courses
There are a variety of ways your instructor can facilitate course interaction through Canvas, including discussion boards, collaborating within Canvas groups, or by using Webex for online conferencing. You may want to consider updating your Canvas notifications while participating in online courses to be reminded of due dates, course content, and announcements from your instructor. If you are being asked for a password in WebEx, you may need to reach out to your instructor.
Assignments, Quizzes and Grades Online
Students can submit assignments online using several submission types. Your instructor will choose what kind of submissions they would like you to use. Before you submit the assignment, you may want to review all the assignment information, such as the assignment rubric, if any.
The grades page in a course will display all your current grades for all course assignments. You can also view scoring details, comments, and rubrics.
*Respondus LockDown Browser does not support Chromebooks. If you are required to take a quiz with Respondus LockDown Browser and have a Chromebook, please contact your instructor.
Using Course Discussions
Your instructor may create an online course discussion to facilitate conversation about course topics.
Other Collaboration Tools
WebEx is an online video conferencing tool available to all BGSU students, faculty and staff. Make sure to check your computer requirements before using Webex. Webex meetings can be used to schedule face-to-face meetings with your instructor or other classmates if you are working on a class project.
All current BGSU students have access to Office365 which allows for up to five free downloads of the Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and many other pieces of the Microsoft Office collection. Save files online with OneDrive for access anywhere you have an internet connection. Files created in Office365 can be shared with other students to collaborate.
Research Support for Online Courses
The University Libraries offers multiple services and library research assistance methods to undergraduate and graduate. Students can schedule an online Individual Research Appointment with a librarian or get immediate help via the Ask Us! Page services (chat, text, email, phone). If subject-specific assistance is needed, please contact a librarian subject specialist. If you have any research questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about library accounts, fines, or overdue books, please contact email@example.com.
ITS Computer Labs
ITS computer labs are currently open and available for use. For information on ITS labs, including open labs and remote lab access, please visit our ITS labs webpage.