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 includes a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, inbox and notifications, announcements, grades, quizzes, and assignments.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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?

Canvas Quick Tip Video

Discussions Overview (Instructors)

Watch other professional development training sessions at your convenience on the TLT YouTube channel.


Canvas FAQ's

Find answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Canvas. 

Guides to Using Canvas

TWU Knowledge Base Articles

  • Canvas - 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. All courses at TWU use Canvas.
  • Zoom - Zoom is a web conferencing and recording solution that is available in Canvas. Use Zoom to meet with your class online, share an application on your desktop, demonstrate a new concept, hold office hours, watch student presentations, and more.
  • Panopto (Lecture Capture) - Panopto is a lecture capture application that is used to create recordings of classroom-based activities and can be made available for review by students in a course.
  • Turnitin - Turnitin is an electronic text matching system that checks student's submissions against a repository of submitted documents.
  • Online Proctoring and Exam Management - Solutions include: (1) Honorlock is a virtual proctor that records and reviews exams. The Chrome extension prevents students from accessing unauthorized information during testing. (2) Respondus has two applications. One serves as a virtual proctor with Respondus LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor. The other serves as a test creator and manager with Respondus 4.0 Test Generator.
  • Turning (Clickers) - Turning is a wireless Student Response System (SRS), that allows instructors to request information by presenting questions and for students to respond by using a “clicker” to send his or her information to be recorded.
  • Badgr - Badgr creates digital badges as an indicator of accomplishment or skill that can be earned in Canvas.
  • Cielo24 - Using funds procured from the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, TWU has purchased 300 hours of commercial captioning services from Cielo24 to assist instructors in providing accurately captioned audio and video content to all students.

Semester Checklists

Pre-Semester, During Semester, and End-of-Semester Checklists

The Pre-Semester ChecklistDuring the Semester Checklist, and End-of-Semester Checklist are available to ensure your Canvas course is ready for students throughout the semester. The checklists are set to “force copy,” so you will need to be logged in to your TWU Google account and click Make a copy to access the checklists. For additional resources, review Getting Started with Canvas.


Instructional Support

Contact an Instructional Design Partner to create learning activities for students, training to use Canvas features, or talk about effective ways to design your Canvas courses.

Technical Support

To request technical support, submit a Technology Service Desk email to start a ticket.

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