bCourses Quickstart Guides

4 Minutes of bCourses Training



Get an immediate email copy of your class announcements

By default, you get one email per day detailing all the announcements you have made during that day. But most faculty prefer to get an immediate copy of their class announcements. Watch this training video to show how to change your notification settings to get copies of announcements right away.

Getting Started:

Login to bCourses (Powered by Canvas): bcourses.berkeley.edu

What is the Dashboard:

How do I view my courses?

How do I navigate a Canvas course?

What is the Course Setup Checklist?

What is the Calendar?

How do I use the Scheduler?

How do I publish my course?


Adding Course Content:

How do I edit the Syllabus description?

What is the Rich Content Editor?

What is the Content Selector?

What are Modules?

How do I add items to a Module?

How do I edit Module items?

How do I reorder Module items?

How do I delete Module items?

How do I create a new Module?

How do I reorder Modules on the page?

How do I delete a Module?

How do I require students to move through each Module item in order?

How do I lock a Module?

How do I view the progress of my students in Modules?

How do I link to an external URL in Modules?

Where are my course Files?

How do I add a file to my course?

How do I move and organize my files?

How do I create a folder in Files?

How do I bulk upload files to my course?

How do I delete a file?

How do I lock files and folders in Canvas?


Student View:

What is Student View?

How do I access Student View?


bCourses Tools:

What are Assignments?

What are Discussions?

What are the different types of Quizzes?

What are Pages?


Communication:

What are Announcements?

How do I make an Announcement?

How do I attach a file to an Announcement?

How do I get a copy of my Announcement emailed to me ASAP - (Video)

How do I access the Conversations Inbox?

How do I adjust my Notification Preferences for Conversations?

How do I find my unread messages in Conversations?

How do I compose a message?

How do I reply to a message in Conversations?

How do I send a message to an entire class?

How do I privately respond to an individual in a larger Conversation?

How do I send a private message to an individual?

How do I attach a file to a message?

How do I attach a media comment to my message?

What is Chat?

How do I join the course Chat?


Collaboration:

What are Conferences?

How do I create a Conference?

How do I start a Conference?

How do I use the Conference interface?

How do I join a Conference?

How do I record a Conference?

What are Collaborations?

How do I add people to my Collaboration?

What are Student Groups?

How do I start a new Google Docs Collaboration?


Class Admin:

How do I access People?

Where can I see a summary of my interactions with a student?

What are Course Statistics?

Where can I find statistics about when students are accessing the course?

How to add a Berkeley Faculty or Staff to your bCourse (Coming Soon)

To add a non Berkeley guest to your bCourse (Coming Soon)


Customizing Canvas:

How do I access my personal Settings?

How do Notification Preferences work?

How do I set my Notification Preferences?

What do each of the Notification Preferences mean?

How do I customize my Courses drop-down menu?

How do I change the Course Home Page?

How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?

What course settings do I have control over?


Other Guides

For a full list of guides visit the Canvas guides website.