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What is Canvas?

Canvas is the online learning management system (LMS) used at the University of the Arts. In addition to serving as a central repository for course materials, Canvas provides a broad palette of tools for collaboration, communication, assessment and feedback. Starting in Fall 2020, all UArts courses will have a Canvas site.

Logging Into Canvas

You can log into Canvas in two ways:

  • Via the UArts Portal; the link to Canvas is listed under Popular University Applications in the Favorites navigation bar.
  • Via the direct URL, For easy reference, save the link as a Favorite on your computer and devices.

You can also download the Canvas app to your mobile device:

For Students: iOS / Apple Android
For Faculty: iOS / Apple Android

When you log into Canvas, make sure to use your UArts network login (without “”) and password

Use of Canvas

All faculty are expected to use Canvas at minimum for the following:

  • Post the syllabus and course materials (readings, videos, etc.). Note: Course materials can be added to Canvas by uploading files from your computer or saving your files to Google drive and providing the file links. We recommend providing links where possible to avoid file storage quota issues.
  • For remote and hybrid classes: Post the Zoom link(s) for your class meetings. Make sure the link is in a prominent, easy to find place on your Canvas site.
  • Use the Assignments feature in Canvas to distribute information about your assignments, including the due date. By including the due date, this information will automatically show up on students’ Canvas Calendar. We also recommend using Assignments to collect assignments and Grades to grade assignments and provide feedback.
  • Use the Calendar to post important course events, such as guest lectures or field trips.
  • Use Canvas for all communications with your students, i.e., Announcements for communicating important information to your entire class, and Canvas Inbox/Conversations for communicating with individual students or groups of students.

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with Canvas, view each of their courses in Canvas on or before the course start date, and log into Canvas on a daily basis.

Canvas Tech Support

Canvas Help Menu
Use the Report a Problem feature in the Canvas Help menu if something is going wrong.

Help Desk
The OTIS Help Desk is staffed by professional consultants who are trained to assist with technical issues. You can contact the Help Desk in the following ways:

Canvas Training

For Students

  • Students can learn about the tools faculty will be using in Canvas by taking the Passport to Canvas course, which you will see when you log into Canvas.
  • Additional help is available to students by using the Canvas Student Guide.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Resources for Canvas and Remote Teaching, a resource designed and maintained by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) with instructions and tips on how to design a course in Canvas to facilitate remote teaching.
  • Growing with Canvas, a self-paced, introductory course on how to use various Canvas tools. This course will appear in your course list when you log into Canvas.
  • Canvas Quick Start, an hour-long workshop led by the CTL on how to set up your Canvas course site.
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers Canvas training throughout the year. For information on upcoming training sessions and registration, see the Programs & Events section of the CTL portal page.
  • Book an appointment to obtain help on how to use Canvas features or to explore how Canvas can meet your course goals by emailing
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