Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) at Iowa State University. It is an online platform where instructors will keep important class information. Students will interact with Canvas regularly to access course resources, complete assignments and take tests.
Anyone with a Net-ID has access to Canvas at ISU. The first time you sign in to Canvas, your profile will be populated with your name, email address, and your ISU ID number.
Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) at ISU and should be used to communicate with students, post course materials and syllabus, set up course assignments, and submit final grades. Using Canvas in your course(s) helps achieve these goals and initiatives:
There are a few checks you will want to perform to ensure success in your course(s):
You will need to have your ISU Net-ID and password to log into Canvas. Then, open a web browser and navigate to Canvas in one of these ways:
Mobile users can also access Canvas by download the Canvas Teacher app:
Note: If you have an issue logging in, visit the IT Accounts and Passwords website or contact the Solution Center at 515-294-4000.
When you first log in to Canvas, you will be directed to your Dashboard. The Dashboard is an easy way to access current courses. These same courses will be listed in the Courses menu. See the Canvas guide to customizing the course list and viewing all courses.
Note: Course creation is not an automatic process at ISU. Instructors must create each Canvas course by following the steps below.
Search the Canvas Guides or browse the Instructor Guides by Canvas feature for detailed information on how to perform specific actions in Canvas. Additional resources are listed in the Online Documentation section below.
Within Canvas, instructors can create and assign students to groups which can then be used in other apps and tools. See the Canvas guide ‘How do I import groups in a group set?‘ for step-by-step instructions to:
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Mobile users can also access Canvas by download the Canvas Teacher app. Note: If you have an issue logging in, visit the IT Accounts and Passwords website or contact the Solution Center at 515-294-4000.
Search the Canvas Guides or browse the Student Guides by Canvas feature for detailed information on how to perform specific actions in Canvas, a few common actions are listed below.
Additional resources are listed in the Online Documentation section below.
Interested in discovering new ways to use Canvas in your teaching? Or, want to learn best practices? Attend a CanvasLive session led by faculty/staff.
All students, faculty, and staff members with an Iowa State Net-ID have access to Canvas at no charge.
Canvas is supported by Instructure. Use one of the following channels to connect with their 24/7 support:
For problems with ISU AdminTools inside Canvas, contact the ISU Solution Center: email@example.com / 515-294-4000.
The July 17, 2021 Canvas Release discusses the addition of maintenance windows and the removal of deprecated features.
The July 21, 2021 Canvas Deploy includes changes to terminology, assignments, faculty journal messages, offline exports, and accessibility features.
The July 7, 2021 Canvas Deploy includes changes to exported Gradebook CSV columns, assignment buttons and notifications, rich content editor, and accessibility features.
Visit the Instructure (Canvas) News Room, learn about recently added features or check the current Canvas status.