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.
You can create a new ePortfolio in your user settings.
Note: If you cannot view the ePortfolio link in your User Account, your institution has disabled this feature.
You may be able to create new discussions in your course.
Note: If the Add Discussion button does not appear, your instructor has restricted this setting in your course. However, this setting does not affect discussions in course groups. Learn how to create a discussion in a group.
If your institution has enabled the Scheduler tool, you can sign up for any appointments that are created for your course using the Scheduler page. Appointments can include office hours, group presentation time slots, and lunch with an alumnus.
Scheduler is an optional feature that may not be available to you in the Calendar.
Note: Currently, Scheduler has two options for viewing appointments. This lesson is for users with the Scheduler button as a calendar view. If your calendar does not display the Scheduler button, you can only sign up for appointments in the calendar sidebar.
You can import your Canvas calendar to Google Calendar. The calendar feed will contain events and assignments from all of your Canvas calendars.
The steps in this lesson are also relevant for those using Gmail via Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education provides an Institution Email Account to those institutions participating in the program. To learn more, visit the Google Edu website.
Once you have subscribed to the calendar feed, you can remove or unsubscribe from the calendar feed at any time.
- All future events, and past events within 30 days, are included when exporting a Canvas calendar to Google Calendar.
- Google Calendar periodically updates but may take up to 24 hours to sync with the Canvas Calendar. Canvas update may not be immediately visible in Google Calendar.
You can subscribe to the Calendar Feed using Outlook 2013 on your desktop. The calendar feed will contain events and assignments from all of your Canvas calendars. Once you have subscribed to the calendar feed, you can remove the calendar feed at any time in Outlook by opening the Tools menu, clicking Account Settings, and selecting the Internet Calendars tab.
If you are using an earlier version of Outlook, these steps may differ.
- All future events, and past events within 30 days, are included when exporting a Canvas calendar to Outlook.
- Outlook periodically updates but may take up to 24 hours to sync with the Canvas Calendar. Canvas update may not be immediately visible in Outlook.
- If your institution/organization uses a Microsoft Exchange Server account, you can also subscribe to the calendar feed using the Outlook Web App in Exchange Server. This allows you to access your Outlook calendar online if you are away from your desktop. Please contact your IT administrator at your organization/institution for more information.
The Calendar is a great way to view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place. You can view calendar events by day, week, month, or agenda list. The calendar also includes access to the Scheduler, which is an optional scheduling tool in Canvas.
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.
- 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.
You can view all your course assignments on the Assignments page.
Note: Your instructor may choose to hide the Assignments link in Course Navigation. If the Assignments link is not available, you can still access Assignments through other areas of Canvas.
You can submit Turnitin assignments directly in Canvas. Turnitin measures assignment originality and indicates what percent of your assignment matches internet sources.
Submitting a Turnitin assignment is similar to submitting a regular online assignment. However, the Turnitin LTI for Canvas only supports file uploads and text entry submissions; in file uploads, you can only upload one file per assignment.
Additionally, you may not be able to resubmit your assignment or submit the assignment past the due date. Be sure to view the assignment summary before submitting your assignment. If you are allowed to resubmit an assignment, all marks and comments associated with the original submission will be deleted. Turnitin resubmissions may take up to 24 hours to process.
You can submit your assignment as a text entry or upload any supported file type: Text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), Postcript (.ps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), HyperText Markup Language (.html), WordPerfect (.wp), Hangul (.hwp), or Open Office (.odt/.ods/.odp). You can also upload an assignment from Google Drive or Dropbox. Turnitin submissions require a minimum of 20 words, a maximum of 400 pages, and a file size maximum of 40 MB.
After submitting your assignment, your instructor may allow you to view your Turnitin results. If your instructor has added a Canvas rubric to your Turnitin assignment, it can only be viewed on the Submission Details page for that assignment (at any time) or your Grades page (after the rubric has been scored). You can access the Submission Details page by clicking on the name of the assignment in your Grades page.
Note: The Turnitin LTI is responsive to the size of your browser window. Your view of the Turnitin LTI may vary from the images shown in this lesson.