Canvas is a web-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. The basic tools used in a Canvas course include a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, email, announcements, grades, exams, and assignments.

If you have questions about Canvas and need technical assistance, contact the Technology Service Desk to request help.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Canvas no longer supports any version of Internet Explorer. All users are encouraged to use the latest version of internet browsers by Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and/or Safari. For the most current browser support information, please visit: Which browsers does Canvas support?


Access Your Course in Canvas

To access your course(s) go to the TWU Homepage and select My Courses, which can be found either in the top left corner under Info for (select Current Students) or at the bottom of the page in the footer area. Once you are on the My Courses page, select the Log into Canvas button. You will need to enter your TWU username and password.

Course Availability

Instructors must publish the course in Canvas before you can access the content. Most do this on the first day of classes or a few days before. If you cannot access your online course on the first day of classes, contact your instructor.

Privacy in Canvas

Access to certain pages in Canvas is recorded on an individual basis, and course instructors can view these individual access statistics. Students should also be familiar with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a law relating to the accessibility of student information.


Getting Started with the Basic Tools Used in a Canvas Course


There are several ways to get started learning about several important topics in Canvas.

  1. Canvas Student Overview – This introductory Canvas course covers details on many topics including configuring notifications and installing the Canvas Student app on your mobile device.
  2. Getting Started with Canvas – This video presents an overview and demonstration of several topics covered in the Canvas Student Overview.
  3. 20 Questions: Canvas – Take the mystery out of Canvas and see how much you know by answering these 20 online trivia questions. [You will need to use your TWU username and password.]

G Suite by Google

To be an effective student you will need to be familiar with Webmail. Your email is a Google Mail or Gmail account. TWU provides you unlimited access to G Suite by Google. This gives you access to additional applications including Calendar, Chrome Sync, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Talk/Hangouts and Vault. Here are some resources:

  1. G Suite Learning Center – Get the most out of G Suite with training guides, tips, and other resources.
  2. 20 Questions: Google – See how much you know about Gmail, Drive and Docs by answering these 20 online trivia questions. [You will need to use your TWU username and password.]

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Page last updated 3:37 PM, September 16, 2019