Canvas Guides

Canvas Guides

Canvas Guides is the online documentation site for students, instructors, instructional designers, parents, and learning management system (LMS) admins. The lessons are continually updated online.

The Guides are also available in our new community site:

View the Canvas Guides in other languages.
Guías de Canvas
Canvas 指南中文版
Canvas Gidsen
Canvas Guider

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Getting Started with Canvas

Welcome to Canvas! Canvas is a cloud-native learning platform and learning management system used by millions of students across the globe. These guides will get you started with the basics of Canvas.

Canvas Guides

Once you’re up and running with Canvas, the Canvas Guides will help you learn the ins and outs of Canvas like a pro, no matter your user role.

Canvas Catalog

Canvas Catalog is an all-in-one learning solution that includes a course catalog, course registration system, payment gateway, and learning platform. Canvas Catalog is native to Canvas, which allows institutions to publish any Canvas course in an attractive online catalog quickly and efficiently.


Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course.

Mobile Guides - Canvas by Instructure

The Canvas by Instructure app is the mobile version of Canvas that helps you stay current with your courses anywhere you go. Download the Canvas by Instructure app on Android and iOS devices.

Mobile Guides - MagicMarker

The MagicMarker app is the efficient and effective way for instructors to record mastery of learning outcomes in their classroom and spend less time managing paperwork. All data syncs with the Learning Mastery Gradebook in Canvas. Download MagicMarker on iPad devices.

Mobile Guides - Polls for Canvas

The Polls for Canvas app is the easy way for instructors to request student opinion in the classroom. All students need is a smartphone. Download the Polls for Canvas app on Android and iOS devices.

Mobile Guides - SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader is designed for instructors to help minimize their workload when grading student assignments away from a computer. All SpeedGrader data syncs with SpeedGrader in Canvas. Download the SpeedGrader app for iPad and Android devices.