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WebCampus FAQs


WebCampus user interface

The WebCampus interface includes the Dashboard, Global Navigation Menu, and sidebar. The WebCampus interface was designed to allow easy access to all course activities for students and instructors. The interface is nearly identical for faculty and students, which will help you design your course with the student experience in mind. Please view the following video for a brief overview of the WebCampus interface, Global Navigation Menu, and Settings.


Global navigation menu

The Global Navigation Menu in WebCampus is "global" in the sense that it is visible everywhere in WebCampus. This is the blue column on the far left of the page with the University logo at the top. Each of the icons in the menu are links to frequently used WebCampus features. These links provide access to all of your courses collectively. Default links include Account, the Dashboard, Courses, Calendar, Inbox, Commons, and Help (at the bottom).

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Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository where instructors can share learning resources, which can be accessed by clicking on Commons on the global navigation menu. Here, you can find materials, import items directly into your WebCampus course, or share your own materials with the Canvas community.

You can access materials specifically shared with the University of Nevada, Reno community by filtering for University of Nevada, Reno. There are a number of resources that have been developed by research librarians with University Libraries covering a number of research-related topics that can be imported into any course.

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WebCampus dashboard

The Dashboard is the default entry page into your WebCampus account. Here you’ll see information about your current courses, as well as your To Do list, which includes any grading you need to do in any of your classes. Below this, you will see events Coming up in the next seven days, which is pulled from your calendar. As an instructor, you may not see much here, but students will see upcoming assignments in this area. You can also access Grades from the sidebar.

You can return to your Dashboard from anywhere in WebCampus by clicking the University of Nevada, Reno N logo in Global Navigation.

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Profile settings

The Settings page will show your profile picture, language, time zone, contact methods, and personal pronouns.

Profile picture

Whenever you post to a Discussion or send an Announcement, your message or post will feature your profile picture. It is very helpful to have a picture there so students easily recognize what messages are coming from you versus what messages are coming from classmates. To add a profile picture, click "Account" and choose "Profile". Click the gray placeholder profile picture icon to get a pop-up window where you can add your picture. Click the Upload a Picture tab and either choose a picture or drag one from your desktop and drop it into the uploader.

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Language and time zone

You can adjust your language and time zone by clicking on Edit Settings, and choosing the language or time zone you prefer.

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Contact methods

The right-hand panel includes ways to contact you. You’ll notice you already have an email address selected—this is pulled from MyNevada and can only be changed by officially adjusting it in MyNevada. If you would like your notifications to go to an additional email address and/or if you would like to add notifications via text message, you can add these options to your notification preferences in the Account tool on the left of the page under Settings. Once you are on the Settings page, you will see a place to the right of the page to add a new email address or an Other Contact which would be your cell phone number if you would like text messages.

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Personal pronouns

You can update your profile to include your personal pronouns. Once you do, they will appear next to your name in a variety of locations throughout WebCampus. Personal pronouns are used when referring to someone or ourselves (I, you, she, they, he, ze). Someone's personal pronouns may be different from what others initially assume. Not everyone uses the binary pronouns "he" or "she," and some prefer to be referred to only by name.

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Notification preferences

You can set your preferences for how and when you will be notified of different actions that take place within WebCampus. In order to determine what kind of notifications you’d like to receive from WebCampus, click Account on the global navigation menu, then select Notifications. Here you will see the default notification settings, all of which can be changed to suit your preferences. You can choose to have notifications sent right away, daily, weekly, or to receive no notifications at all.

You can determine the best time frame for notifications for each activity. For example, you may want to receive messages from students as soon as they send them, but you may not want to be alerted to an announcement created by you at all. Note that you can also choose to turn off all notifications sent to your officially listed email address, and have all notifications sent to the secondary email account that you added in the settings section. The notification preferences you set here will apply to all of your courses.

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Combining course sections

Instructors teaching two or more sections of the same class may consider combining all sections into a single WebCampus course shell. This can help to cut down on the number of times an instructor must create content, build assignments, or communicate with students via Announcements. To merge multiple sections of a course into one course, contact the Office of Digital Learning at (775) 682-6798 or email ODL.

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Once sections have been combined, instructors may choose to assign work to specific sections on different dates. Please see the following guides for instructions on how to do this:


Getting additional help

If you have any difficulty navigating the WebCampus tools and menus, you can get help by using the Help link at the bottom of your global navigation menu. There are a few options for getting help in WebCampus. By clicking on Help on the global navigation menu, you are given two options. First, you can search the Canvas Guides, which contain step by step information on working with all aspects of the learning management system. This is a great place to start with questions you may have about how to work certain tools or how to adjust specific settings. If you believe that the system is not working correctly, you can also click on Report a Problem to let WebCampus know; however, before reporting a problem, we’d recommend contacting the Office of Digital Learning at (775) 682-6798 or to see if we can help.

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