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.
Access Your Canvas Course
To access your Canvas course go to the My Courses page. Select the Canvas button to log in. You will need to use your TWU username and password.
Online 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.
- 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.
- Canvas Student Overview Video [Canvas Student Overview Transcript (Google)] – This video presents an overview and demonstration of several topics covered in the Canvas Student Overview.
- 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:
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Page last updated 3:27 PM, May 10, 2019