Canvas (Learning Management System)

Features

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. 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.

Log Into Canvas

To log into Canvas, first, open your web browser. Use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and go to the TWU website. In the browser’s address bar type http://twu.edu and click Enter. The TWU website will open.

Click on:

  1. Info for
  2. Current Students
  3. On the page under Top Links click My Courses

The My Courses page will open. TWU uses Canvas to support online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. 

From this page, click on the Log into Canvas button. A login screen will open in a new browser window. You will have to enter your TWU Portal Username and Password and click on the Login button.

Support

There are several support options available:

  1. Ask Your Instructor a Question - In Canvas from Global Navigation > ? Icon (Help) > Ask Your Instructor a Question to send an email message to your instructor. The conversation will appear in your Inbox.
  2. Search the Canvas Guides - Provides online help for instructors and students that includes an overview of Canvas features, step-by-step documentation by topic, and search by keyword. This is your best option to look up "how to" information for a specific topic or keyword.
  3. Guide for Online Learning - Provides an introduction to the basic tools used in a Canvas course by students. In addition there is a Canvas Student Overview course and Getting Started with Canvas video.
  4. TWU IT Solutions - All ways to contact the TWU Service Desk are available. This is the best option when talking to a real person would be helpful. The Knowledge Base is available to search for a solution or answer your question by topic or keyword. This option provides a way to look up additional information on related applications in Canvas like Blackboard Collaborate, Panopto Recordings, Respondus LockDown Browser, or Turnitin. This is your best option for general questions or when the specific topic or keyword is unknown and a written (email) response is sufficient.
  5. TWU Student Life Find Resources - Here you will find important information about Academic Services, Administrative Services, Student Communities, and Personal Services.

Who can use it

  • Students
  • Instructors

Instructors, students, and courses are automatically populated in Canvas. Instrucutors must be officially listed with University Scheduling as instructor of record to have automatic access to a course. Students are granted access to courses through the registration process. 

Learn More

There are related applications and other information that will be helpful using Canvas:

  • Canvas Computer Specifications (Operating System and Platform) - An operating system (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is a component of the system software in a computer system. Canvas requires an operating system to function.
  • Canvas Supported Browsers - Computer program (such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) that enables Internet users to access, navigate, search and run applications on World Wide Web sites.
  • Canvas Help - Technical services provided by TWU to provide instructors, students, and staff with help and advice about Canvas.
  • Getting Started with Canvas (Instructors) - Getting started information for instructors to learn more about using Canvas. Canvas Guides, Canvas Training Services Portal, and Teaching and Learning with Technology Resources.
  • Getting Started with Canvas (Students) - Getting started information for students using Canvas.
  • Canvas Mobile Apps (Instructors) - The Canvas mobile application provides instructors a portable solution for Canvas. Not all features in Canvas are available using your mobile device. There is a separate mobile application to use polls in the classroom. There are mobile applications for instructors to grade student submissions and use standards-based learning.
  • Canvas Mobile Apps (Students) - The Canvas mobile application provides students a portable solution for Canvas. Not all features in Canvas are available using your mobile device. There is a separate mobile application to use polls in the classroom.
  • Content to Add to Your Canvas Course for Students (Instructors) - Provide additional information and instructions to students using Canvas and other integrated applications that you include in your Canvas course.
  • Creating Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Podcasts in Canvas (Instructors) - Blog, Journal, Wiki, and Podcast templates are available for you to import into your Canvas course. The templates can be personalized or customized after they are imported. If you would like assistance getting started with a Social Media Template in your Canvas course contact your Instructional Design Partner.
  • Google Drive and Canvas - The Google Drive web service allows you to integrate Canvas with your Google Drive account. The Google Drive folder is accessed from the Course Navigation Menu. You can create an online assignment or a collaboration that embeds a document directly from your Google Drive folder into Canvas.
  • How to request a Canvas Sandbox course (Instructors) - In Canvas, Sandbox courses are given to instructors by request to create new course content and to experiment with different features in Canvas. Sandboxes can be created for a specific course or for generic testing and looking at new Canvas features that are available every month.
  • How to request a Custom Canvas Home Page (Instructors) - The Canvas Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can work with an instructional designer to select a design, customize the details and create your perfect Course Home Page.
  • Publisher Materials Available in Canvas - If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your Canvas course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to the publisher course site so that students can connect to the publisher site from Canvas without having to create a separate login account.
  • User Roles and Permissions Available in Canvas - In Canvas at TWU, permissions allow users to access certain features and perform certain functions.