How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a parent?
Parents can sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.
This lesson is for parents who do not have a Canvas account and want to observe their students in their courses.
If you already have an account from your student's institution, log in to Canvas using the credentials given to you.
- If the registration banner is not available in the login page, the institution has not enabled this feature. Please contact your student's institution for assistance. (If you are a Canvas admin, learn how to enable the banner through Canvas authentication.)
- To observe a student, you must know the student's Canvas username and password.
- The student must be enrolled in the course and must accept the course invitation before you can sign up to observe the student. If you receive an invalid username or password message during the signup process and the student's credentials are correct, check with the student to verify that he or she has received and accepted the course invitation.
- Once you have an account, you may be able to view student information through the Canvas Parent app. Access to the Canvas Parent app is controlled by the student's institution. If you already have an account from your student's institution as an observer, you can always view student information through the Canvas Parent app.
Open Canvas URL
In a browser window, enter the institution's Canvas registration URL (e.g. canvas.instructure.com).
Enter Signup Details
Enter the following information:
- Enter your name in the Your Name field.
- Enter your email in the Your Email field.
- Enter your child's username in the Child's Username field.
- Enter your child's password in the Child's Password field.
- Click the Start Participating button.
Complete Registration Process
Register for a Parent Account
To complete the registration process fill out the following fields:
- Verify your email in the Login field.
- Set your password by typing in the Password field.
- Set your timezone by selecting the Time Zone drop-down menu.
- Click the Register button. You will be redirected to the Canvas URL login page for your account.
Learn how to observe additional students in your account.