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 (we suggest using the most recent version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) and go to the TWU website.

  1. In the browser’s address bar type http://twu.edu and click Enter.
  2. The TWU website will open, at the top of the page click Students
  3. Click My Courses

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

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

Canvas Help

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 Canvas 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 to 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 Zoom, 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.

Canvas Computer Specifications and Supported Browsers

Canvas resources available include:

  1. What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas? - All users are encouraged to use the latest version of Internet browsers by Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and/or Safari.

Who Can Use Canvas

  • 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.