Canvas is the primary learning management system (LMS) at Iowa State University. It gives you the ability to quickly share course materials and provides easy-to-use tools for communication and collaboration between students, instructors, and teaching assistants.

Are you using Canvas for the first time?

Follow the steps on this Getting Started with Canvas guide to check your browser, access Canvas at Iowa State, and explore Canvas Overview videos or essential guides.

Instructor Resources

Instructor Guide for Canvas

Are you teaching in Canvas? See the Getting Started guide or choose a checklist to see exactly what needs done in your course.

Have a specific question?

Find answers to frequently asked questions in the Instructor FAQ.

Mobile App

Grading via mobile app can often increase productivity through the use of the Canvas Speedgrader markup tools.

View the following resources:

Download the Canvas Teacher app: Android | iOS

Manage your Course

Find information for each of the learning and teaching apps approved for use at Iowa State University. Each page includes getting started steps for instructors and students, online documentation and support resources.

Canvas Release (October 2020)

In the October 17, 2020 Canvas Release, the Global Navigation Menu includes a Recent History link, the user-level Notifications page has been updated, and the MathJax JS library has been improved to render equations in a more accessible format.

Canvas Deploy (October 7, 2020)

In the October 7, 2020 Canvas Deploy, the word “Assignment” has been replaced with “Artifact” in the Gradebook history, the Add Group window has an updated design, and the hidden label is not displayed in the grade detail tray of anonymously graded assignments.

Help Button in Canvas

Need help?

Troubleshooting steps

Having trouble accessing Canvas? Try these troubleshooting steps before contacting Canvas Support.

Contact 24/7 Canvas Support

All 24/7 support options may be found by clicking the ?Help icon (found in the red, left-hand navigation bar in Canvas) to access the support available to you: