Canvas Online Learning - FAQS

If you’ve enrolled in or been invited to a Canvas course, you will receive an email that contains your institution’s Canvas URL [1] and your email address to use for your login [2]. To accept the course invitation, click the Get Started button [3].

Accept Course

Canvas will take you to your course and ask you to accept the enrollment. Click the Accept button.

Create Canvas Account

Click the Create My Account button.

Note: If you already have a Canvas account, click the I Have a Canvas Account button. You’ll be directed to the Canvas login page.

Complete Registration

You can access Canvas from any browser on your Android/iOS device. However, mobile browsers are not supported, and features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.

On mobile devices, Canvas is designed to be used within Canvas mobile applications. Canvas pages within a mobile browser are only supported when an action in the app links directly to the browser, such as when a student takes certain types of quizzes. Support is not extended to pages that cannot currently be used in the app, such as Conferences or Collaborations.

We are actively improving our native mobile applications to support as many Canvas features as possible. Instructure has a native mobile application for students free for download on both phones and tablets.

  • Canvas Student: This app provides access to Canvas while on the go. Depending on your device, not all Canvas features may be available on the app at this time.

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Note: If the Assignments link is not available in Course Navigation, you can access course assignments through the Modules page.

View Assignments

You can submit online assignments in Canvas using several submission types. Instructors can choose what kind of online submissions they want you to use. You may also have the option to resubmit assignments if your instructor allows.

Any attachments added as part of a graded assignment submission are also copied to your user files but are not counted against your user quota. However, once the file has been uploaded as a submission, you cannot delete the file. Files are stored in the Submissions folder.

Before submitting an assignment, you may want to review all assignment information, such as the assignment rubric, if any.

This lesson shows how to turn in a standard online assignment. Learn how to submit a peer review assignment.

Third-Party File Application Submissions

You can submit assignments from Google Drive, Dropbox, or another third-party service via your desktop computer in one of two ways:

  1. Download the file to your computer and submit as a File Upload
  2. Share the file, copy the file URL, and submit as a Website URL

Mobile Submissions

You can also submit assignments using your Android or iOS device.

Notes: 

  • Not all file types may be available for your assignment, depending on the assignment submission type set by your instructor.
  • Not all of your assignments may be submitted online. If you cannot see the Submit Assignment link, your instructor may want you to submit your assignment in a different way or the availability date has passed. View the description of the assignment for instructions, or contact your instructor for assistance.
  • Canvas does not support file uploads larger than 5 GB.
  • If enabled in your account, Canvas plays a celebration animation when you submit an assignment on time. However, if you prefer, you can disable this feature setting in your user settings.
  • If the assignment you are accessing displays differently, your assignment may be using the Assignment Enhancements feature. Please view this guide for more information.
  • Group assignments do not support the student annotation submission type.

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Note: You can also access your Assignments through your user or course dashboard, the Syllabus, Gradebook, Calendar, or Modules.

View Course Assignments

Click the name of an assignment.

Start Assignment

To submit an assignment, click the Start Assignment button.

Note: If you cannot see the Start Assignment button, your instructor may not want you to submit your assignment online or the availability date has passed. View the description of the assignment for instructions, or contact your instructor for assistance.

View Submission Attempts

A banner may appear above your assignment to indicate that your instructor has removed the assignment from total grade calculations. However, this setting does not affect assignment submissions.

Select Submission Type

Submit a File Upload

To upload a file from your computer or take a photo using your webcam and submit it as your assignment, select the File Upload tab.

Submit a Text Entry

Submit Assignment

Submit Website URL

When you are ready to submit your assignment, click the Submit Assignment button.

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