Canvas Overview

What Is It?

Canvas is Indiana University’s Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas can be accessed at using your IU username and passphrase. The IUB Registrar adds all of the students and the Faculty of Record to the official Canvas course site well in advance of each semester.

What Can I Do with It?

Instructors use Canvas to share course content such as the syllabus, readings, and lecture files. Canvas provides many ways to engage students inside and outside of class, such as through online discussions, quizzes for practice, group project sites for students, and wiki pages. Students can submit several types of assignments including image, text, audio, and video. Canvas includes the Speedgrader to facilitate grading and annotating assignment submissions. Instructors can provide feedback comments in different formats (annotations, text, audio, or video) in a number of tools.

Canvas also supports peer review of papers and discussion posts, facilitates group work, and incorporates a number of external tools such as Turnitin, VoiceThread, and CN Post to expand its capabilities.

Many instructors have also switched to using eTexts, instead of traditional textbooks, and many are delivered via Canvas. Learn more about ways in which instructors use eTexts in their classes here .

Helpful Resources

Workshops, webinars, and consultations

The CITL offers workshops and individual consultations throughout the year on how to effectively use Canvas for teaching and learning. For a current list of CITL offerings, go to the CITL's events page. If you would prefer to schedule an individual consultation on Canvas or any other instructional technology, please contact us.

We partner with IT Training to offer Canvas webinars (listed on our events page) and recordings. For links to recorded webinars, visit the IT Training website.

Self-study Options

Canvas Instructor QuickStart Guide and the Canvas video guides
These guides will introduce you to Canvas and its many features and will help you set up your course.

IU Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base provides information about Canvas that is specific to IU.

For assistance with Canvas and other learning technologies, please contact CITL or call 812 855-9023.