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Canvas is an online learning platform used to deliver online courses and enhance traditional, face-to-face, and blended courses. Canvas provides "anytime, anywhere" access to course materials, such as syllabi, readings, and multi-media files, as well as course tools for online submissions, online quizzes, and grades.

All current students, teaching faculty and instructional staff automatically have an account on Canvas. You can login to your Canvas account using your UW-Whitewater Net-ID.

Did you receive an awesome response from Canvas Support?  Or were you wishing that they would have provided additional information? We review all Canvas support interactions on a regular basis – and we want to make sure you get the support and answers you need! Submit your feedback by using the Vendor Support Feedback.

Canvas has a robust technical support service that includes 24 / 7 / 365 toll-free hotline and live online chat interactions.  Please use this for all Canvas questions.

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Getting Started

Are you a new Canvas Instructor?  Start out with the guides below to get started!

Tool Specific Deep Dives

Online Training Courses

Self-paced asynchronous online training is available for both staff and students.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (Recorded Workshop)

In Person Training

Occasionally face-to face trainings and online are available for instructors.  To see if there are currently any trainings available that might meet your schedule, please check the UW-Whitewater sign-up tool.

Documentation and Guides

The Canvas Community has a large number of guides available for accomplishing various tasks.

This page has moved and is now available in Service Now at: Canvas External Tools.

Instructure’s Canvas platform provides the foundation for our UW System Digital Learning Environment (DLE), a federated, online environment that includes services and tools purposefully brought together to support the needs of teaching and learning in all modes (i.e., face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and fully-online).  The DLE challenges the traditional role of an LMS as “the” platform for managing course documents, quizzes, videos, and the like.  By shifting our perspective from an LMS-based content platform, to a “digital environment” that creates information we can act upon, UW System can then realize the many benefits of an interoperable suite of services and tools that allow us to maximize student access and success.

For more information on the UW-System Vision see: Digital Learning Environment Transformation Project.

UW-Whitewater has three “instances” of Canvas, which we have deployed to meet specific use cases listed below.  Using the instances, we are able to better organize and meet the needs of the UW-Whitewater campus.  Regardless of what instance your course is on, there will be no visible change for the user – you can always access all of these courses by logging in at 

Instructional Courses

  • — Automatically enroll your students nightly from WINS
  • — Ability to transfer grades from Canvas to WINS
  • — Only available for users with an active Net-ID

Training & Development Courses

  • — Create ongoing courses where instructors can enroll students as needed
  • — Setup courses for self-enrollment using a link
  • — Only available for users with an active Net-ID

Continuing Education Courses

  • — Offer Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and continuing education courses
  • — Ability to offer free and fee based courses
  • — Available for any user to create an account

Canvas Alerts & Outages

Canvas Announcements & News

Canvas Trainings & Workshops