Getting Started with Maizey Canvas Connector


U-M Maizey


How do I use U-M Maizey with Canvas?


U-M Maizey can index data from Canvas (Ann Arbor).

Maizey will index the following in a Canvas course:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Files
    • Files must be visible in the course navigation menu. Maizey will not index files that are linked in Pages, Modules, etc. if Files is hidden from the course navigation menu.
  • Lecture Recordings
  • Modules (Only unlocked modules)
  • Pages 

Known file types supported in U-M Maizey include: .txt, .html, .rtf, .pdf, .docx, .xlsxl, .pptx, .md. Other file types may work, but have not been tested.


Log in and Create a New Project

Navigate to, and then log in with your uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password and complete Duo two-factor authentication.

  1. Click Create New Project.

Project Settings

  1. Enter a project Project Name.
  2. Enter your project’s unique URL identifier in the Project Path field. For example, if you enter smith-bio101, the public-facing URL for your project will be
  3. Enter a valid Billing Shortcode. Note that a Shortcode is required, but Maizey is available at no cost through Summer term, 2024.
  4. If you wish to create a project that is only intended for personal use and not shared with others, select the Private Project option. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
  5. Select Data from a Canvas Course.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Select Ann Arbor from the campus drop-down menu.
  8. Click Submit.

Note: If this is the first time using the Canvas Connector in Maizey, you will need to authorize access to your Canvas courses. Select U-M Weblogin, and then click Authorize to grant access. 

  1. Select the Canvas course you wish to use from the drop-down menu, and then click Submit.

Note: Once you've selected your Canvas course, Maizey will automatically add "itsaistu" as an Observer to your course roster. This allows Maizey to index your course content. Do not remove or modify the role of itsaistu in your course roster.

Project Layout Settings

  1. Enter a Title for your AI Tool.
  2. Enter a Description of your AI Tool. 
  3. If desired, select the Show Footer option.
  4. If desired, select the Show Project Creator option.
  5. Click Submit.


Artificial Intelligence Settings

It is strongly recommended that you review Guidance on AI Settings for more information about each option before continuing.

  1. A default System Prompt Augmentation is provided. Edit the field if desired. See the Maizey System Prompt Library for additional guidance and examples.
  2. Adjust the Temperature slider as desired. 
  3. If desired, select the Return Data Sources in Response option.  This is highly recommended for maizey projects with the canvas connector.
  4. If desired, click the drop-down menu to Choose a Chain
  • Retrieval QA is recommended when using Canvas as your data source. It is essentially one query, one response. The chat tool does not incorporate or reference the chat history in its response. Best option for a simple information-retrieval chat tool.
  • Conversation Retrieval QA allows the chat tool to reference and incorporate the chat history into its response. Best option for more advanced chat tools, allowing you to ask follow-up questions that reference previous interactions from within a single chat conversation.
  1. If desired, click the drop-down menu to Choose a Chain Type. Note that only Stuff is currently available. More options will be available in the future.
  2. Click Submit.


Publish and Share

You can open your AI tool and test it by clicking the Public URL link at the top of the Project Details page.

When you are ready to share your project with participants in your Canvas course, you first need to publish your project. On the Project Details page, click Update next to the Published option under Project Layout Settings and publish your project. You can then share the Public URL with course participants.

Showing the Public URL on the top left of the Project Details page and the Update button next to Published

Additional Information

Need additional information or assistance? Contact the ITS Service Center.


Article ID: 11416
Fri 1/5/24 10:09 AM
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