Canvas Help

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Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used by USFSM to manage online class content. Depending on the format of a course, instructors may use Canvas to distribute lecture materials, assignments, exams, grades, and/or course announcements.

How to Access Canvas

  1. Navigate to the MyUSF web portal.
  2. Login using your USF NetID and password (if you have not yet activated your NetID, or need to recover your password, you may do so at the NetID Services webpage).
  3. After you have logged in, select “Canvas” under the “Learning & Teaching Tools” drop-down menu.
    A screenshot of the MyUSF interface with arrow pointing to Canvas link location.
  4. Alternatively, you may access Canvas directly at usflearn.instructure.com.

Learning to Use Canvas

For Students:

Getting Started with Canvas as a Student — This collection of tutorials provides new students with an overview of essential Canvas features.

Canvas Student Guides — All of the Instructure produced Canvas tutorials for students can be accessed here.

Canvas Video Guides — Prefer to see things in action? These are the guides for you.

For Instructors:

Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor — This collection of tutorials provides new instructors with an overview of essential Canvas features.

Canvas Instructor Guides — All of the Instructure produced Canvas tutorials for instructors can be accessed here.

Canvas Video Guides — Prefer to see things in action? These are the guides for you.

Publishing Courses in Canvas — A short explanation of when and how courses are automatically published, how publish status affects what students can see and do in a course, and how to change your course’s default publish date.

Web Browser Recommendations

The E-Learning Services department recommends that students and faculty utilize the Google Chrome web browser to access Canvas and related programs. While Canvas supports all modern web browsers (including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari), we have found that Chrome users encounter the fewest number of issues viewing and managing their online course content.

Google Chrome Horizontal LogoDownload Chrome (Canvas Preferred Browser)

Note: Canvas does not support Internet Explorer on Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Web Browser Troubleshooting — Provides helpful advice for resolving browser-related issues that may prevent you from viewing Canvas or related content.

Mobile Apps for Canvas

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Download Canvas for iOS
Download Canvas for Android
View the Canvas App Guides

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Canvas Polls
Download Polls for iOS
Download Polls for Android
View the Polls Guides

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Download SpeedGrader for iOS (iPad Only)
Download SpeedGrader for Android
View the SpeedGrader Guides

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Download Panopto for iOS
Download Panopto for Android
View the Panopto Guides


For support documentation on other tools you may use in connection with Canvas, please visit our Student Resources and Faculty Resources pages.