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Getting Started with Canvas

Accessing Canvas

  • Go to  
  • Log in with your Network ID and password (same as Sakai or Outlook) 
    • If you need your password reset, please contact 
    • If you are already logged into Microsoft Outlook, your credentials should ‘pass through’ to Canvas.   
  • Course sites, including add/drop, will be managed by Banner’s enrollment system.  You will not need to add or remove students from the roster manually.

Getting Familiarized with Canvas

  • Once you have logged into Canvas, you will have access to the Canvas Training Portal (found in the “Help” section).
    • You should complete the self-paced Canvas training, “Higher Ed: First Day Ready”. To access this training, follow the steps below:
      • Log into Canvas and click on the Help button, and select Training Services Portal.
      • It will now ask you to authorize access to the portal. Please note that it can take up to four hours for this authorization to sync. You will not see any courses available in the portal until the sync is complete.
      • Once the sync is complete, you can enroll in “Higher Ed: First Day Ready” by clicking here.
  • LinkedIn Learning also has a self-paced tutorial available called “Learning Canvas“.
  • TLT has also designed a Canvas training site exclusively for PC Faculty:
  • For recordings of Canvas trainings from the 2022 Summer Institute, click here.

Additional Canvas Resources

  • The Canvas Community website is a great resource for all things Canvas. It includes guides, question forums, and troubleshooting resources.
  • Training videos on Canvas are available here.
  • For a detailed comparison between Sakai tools and Canvas tools, click here.
  • For instructions on migrating your Sakai content to Canvas, click here.
  • Looking for ideas on how to design your course sites? Northwestern University has put together a collection of Sample Canvas Course Sites for you to view.
  • If you are looking to add language about Canvas to your course syllabus, we have created some text that you can feel free to utilize. Click here to view.
  • Stay tuned for training opportunities with Instructure’s Canvas Principal Learning Specialist. 

Canvas Support

  • Canvas Tier 1 support can be reached for live support by clicking the “Help” button in Canvas, and selecting “Chat with Canvas Support (for Faculty)”. Instructure’s chat support is available 24/7 to PC Faculty and Students.
  • Questions during the transition? Email to contact a member of ITDP/IT.