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Camino (Canvas LMS)

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Camino (SCU's branded instance of Canvas) is for all modes of instruction — face-to-face, blended, and online courses.

Every class at Santa Clara University has an accompanying Camino course that can be published and used as a closed portal for faculty and students to interact. On Camino, you can communicate with your students via Announcements and Inbox Messages. You can share a variety of resources for students to access via Modules. And you can create assignments for students to complete using Assignments, graded Discussions, or Quizzes. On Camino, faculty can:

  • Drive student engagement using technology tools
  • Share accessible course content for students to interact with
  • Gauge student understanding of key course concepts

Student Engagement

Using Camino, faculty can drive student engagement in their courses by using Discussions to dive deep into a topic or prompt, including multimedia responses. With the Zoom Pro feature, faculty can schedule their synchronous online class meetings for students to engage with each other, or they can schedule online office hours to help guide student discovery. With VoiceThread, faculty can create narrated presentations on which students can add comments. Faculty can also create shared Google Docs using Collaborations for students to construct study-guides, class notes, or other team assignments. Camino offers a closed portal for faculty and students to engage with concepts, content, and each other. 

  • Collaborations: students can work together in Google Docs on drafts, have discussions, annotate text, and do peer-review work. You can also create collaborations groups, as well as set up prompts for students to work on within the Google Doc. Another advantage of Google Docs is that students can incorporate images and video along with text.

  • Discussions: The Canvas discussions feature allows for threaded discussions that can be graded or ungraded. Video or images can be embedded in the discussion prompt, and students can reply and participate in the discussion. This can be a good replacement for in-person discussions.

  • Peer-Review: Students can upload assignments to Canvas and have them peer-reviewed. The instructor can set how many peer-reviews each student receives. Groups can be organized by the instructor, or can be randomly distributed. This can allow students to receive valuable feedback on their work.


Camino can host all of the various content that faculty would include in their courses, including PDFs, images, videos, and audio files. Videos can be hosted to the Class Recordings tab for students to watch, read the transcript, and leave time-stamped comments for note-taking. Using the popular Modules features, faculty can organize all of their course content into sequential modules by week, topic, or unit for students to more easily navigate the course. Faculty and students alike can use in-built Camino tools to access course materials in different formats, including downloading audio files or readings or web-versions of resources to read on the go. 

You can also use Canvas to share just about any digital artifact, including course readings, videos, lecture slides, audio files, and more. These can be combined into modules allowing students to engage with the materials in a structured way.


Faculty can assess student work online using Camino’s Assignments and Grades features. Using Assignments, faculty can create a place for students to upload their work in various formats, including papers, reflections, videos, websites, and others. Faculty can include annotations, text, or multimedia feedback to these submissions using the popular SpeedGrader tool. Faculty can also use the Graded Discussions and Peer Review features to have students share their opinions and views of the uploaded work. Quizzes on Camino can be formative or summative, and faculty can add LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor to decrease plagiarism in online quizzes. For faculty who post videos, simple quizzes can be added to videos posted to the Class Recordings tab. All of the various student grades submitted to Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, or Class Recording quizzes can be organized and kept up-to-date using Camino’s gradebook. 

Camino can be accessed from the MySCU Portal.

Click here to access the Camino Workshop Series course for resources on learning the basics, setting up assignments, designing the course, and creating quizzes.

Instructional Technology staff are eager to get faculty up and running in Camino and are available for orientations on the system. Please contact any of the Instructional Technology staff for an orientation or ongoing Camino support, questions, and issues at


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