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.
This site should be used for embedded lessons only. Otherwise, please view the Guides in our community site: guides.canvaslms.com.
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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.
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 Admin Guide
- Canvas Instructor Guide
- Canvas Student Guide
- Canvas Observer Guide
- Canvas Video Guide
Arc is the next-generation online video platform that unmutes learning by turning one‑way, passive video into inclusive, productive discussion.
This guide is only available in the Canvas Community:
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.
Mobile Guides - Canvas Parent
Canvas Parent enhances the potential for any parent to engage in their children’s education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive course announcements.
These guides are only available in the Canvas Community: