How do I sign up for Canvas as an Instructor?

The free Canvas account is for instructors who are not already using Canvas through their institution. If your institution is using Canvas, contact your administrator for account details. If your institution is not using Canvas, follow the steps below to create an account.

Go to canvas.instructure.com

Go to canvas.instructure.com

Enter the Canvas registration URL (canvas.instructure.com) into your browser.

Click to Register

Click to Register

Click the Need a Canvas Account? Click Here, It's Free! link.

Sign Up As a Teacher

Sign Up As a Teacher

Click the I'm a Teacher button.

Enter Contact Information

Enter Contact Information

Enter your name in the Name field, choose a Title, enter your Email, enter your Phone Number, enter School/Organization, choose Organization Type, and Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use check box. Click the Start Teaching button.

Welcome to Canvas!

Welcome to Canvas!

While your account is not entirely set up, you can begin participating in Canvas immediately by clicking the Get Started button [1]. To finish registering for Canvas, log into your email account.

Complete Registration Process

Complete Registration Process

Open the email from Instructure Canvas. Click the link provided to visit the provided URL and complete the registration process.

Register For An Instructor Account

To complete the registration process fill out the following fields:

  1. Verify your email in the login field.
  2. Set your password by typing in the password field.
  3. Set your timezone by selecting the time zone drop-down menu.
  4. To receive information from Instructure click on the I want to receive information, news and tips from Instructure checkbox.
  5. Click the Register button. You will be redirected to the canvas.instructure.com login page.

View Canvas Dashboard

View your dashboard in Canvas. Click the Start A New Course button [1]. Learn how to create a new course shell here.

(Optional) Lesson Feedback (0)

Please let us know if any information in this lesson appears to be incorrect in terms of Canvas functionality only (please do not submit feature requests here). This is not a help site, and submitted comments cannot be answered. If your Canvas course/account is having trouble completing any of the tasks outlined in this lesson, please contact Canvas Support by submitting a HELP TICKET via the Help Link within Canvas or emailing support@instructure.com. Thank you.

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