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Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Dec 08, 2018

    How do I log in to Canvas as a student?

    This lesson will show you how to log in to Canvas from an internet browser. If you are using Canvas with an institution, you will log in either from your institution's webpage or by using their direct Canvas URL. Canvas Network accounts also log in with a Canvas URL. You can also log in to Canvas on the Canvas Mobile apps.

    You must have an account to log in to Canvas:

    • If you are associated with an institution using Canvas and do not know your username and password, please contact your site administrator.
    • If you do not yet have an account, learn how to create a Canvas account.

     

    Note: If you are having trouble signing into Canvas, please see the troubleshooting section in this lesson.

  • If you do not already have a Canvas account, you need to create an account before you can log in to Canvas.

    If you are using Canvas through your institution, you will most likely already have an account and need to accept a course invitation. Your institution will email your login information. If you do not yet have an account, you can create an account when you accept the course invitation.

    If you are not using Canvas through your institution, you can create your own account. Your instructor will provide you with a join code to link you directly to the course. This code will be sent to you separately from the Canvas email that invites you to join the course. If you need to create an account in Canvas but have not received your join code via email, please contact your instructor or institution for help with logging in.

  • If you do not already have a Canvas account, you need to create an account before you can log in to Canvas.

    If you are using Canvas through your institution, you will most likely already have an account and need to accept a course invitation. Your institution will email your login information. If you do not yet have an account, you can create an account when you accept the course invitation. If your institution is using Canvas and you are having trouble with your account, contact your administrator for assistance.

    If your institution is not using Canvas, you can create your own account, also known as a free-for-teacher account, to create your own courses.

    Note: Free-for-Teacher accounts are always free. However, they do not contain all features available to institutional users of Canvas. Learn more in the Canvas Account Comparison PDF.

  • Every institution (or school) uses a specific URL to access Canvas. Institutions follow a URL structure of [your institution name].instructure.com or canvas.[your institution name].edu. This URL is required to access Canvas mobile apps.

    Many of the mobile apps allow you to search for your institution or school district directly on the app login page. However, if you cannot locate your institution in the app search list, this lesson shows you how to locate your institution's URL.

    Note: The URL for Canvas Network is learn.canvas.net. The URL for Free-For-Teachers (FFT) accounts is canvas.instructure.com.

  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Account Settings as a Feature Option. After a specified period of time, some Feature Options may become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

    Feature Option Availability

    The Feature Options shown in this lesson are available for all institutions and noted in their respective environments (beta or production). Some feature options must be enabled by your Customer Success Manager.

    Course-Level Features

    Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account if necessary.

    Note: Some feature options may not be available in Free-for-Teacher accounts. Please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.

  • You can create a conference in your student group. Conferences can accommodate up to 50 people.

    You can create multiple conferences, which are listed in chronological order by the date they were created. The most recently created conference will appear at the top of the list.

    Note: Creating a conference is a course permission. If you cannot create a conference, your institution has restricted this feature.

  • The Conferences Index Page allows you to view all the conferences within a course. As an instructor, you can create new conferences, start conferences, and manage concluded conferences.

    Note: Creating a conference is a course permission. If you cannot create a conference, your institution has restricted this feature.

  • You can create a conference in a course to hold virtual office hours and speakers. Although you cannot send out invitations to the conference until it begins, you can create course events on the Calendar to indicate an upcoming conference.

    Conferences can accommodate up to 50 people. You can create multiple conferences, which are listed in chronological order by the date they were created. The most recently created conference will appear at the top of the list.

    Note: Creating a conference is a course permission. If you cannot create a conference, your institution has restricted this feature.

  • You can see comments from your instructor in the Grades page. Most comments are located in the assignment sidebar. However, your instructor may also leave comments in your assignment submission as annotations.

  • You can add media to your assignment, either as part of a text entry, or as your entire submission.

    Any attachments added as part of a graded assignment submission are also copied to your user files but are not counted against your user quota. However, once the file has been uploaded as a submission, you cannot delete the file. Files are stored in the Submissions folder.

    To learn more about available options for using media files in Canvas, view the Canvas Media Comparison PDF.

    Notes:

    • Canvas will not accept media uploads larger than 500 MB.
    • Your instructor will decide what type of submissions are allowed. One or both of these options may not be available.