Canvas Overview

What is Canvas?

Canvas logoCanvas is the course management system (CMS), that is used for all online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. Canvas also connects some of the digital tools and resources teachers use into one simple place.  These tools and resources might include class handouts such as PowerPoint slides or articles, discussion forums, online assignment submissions, videos, and textbook software applications or materials such as MyLab. 

For a preview of Canvas from the student perspective, view this overview video and visit our Canvas FAQs.

How do I get started using Canvas? 

Canvas is available to all students and faculty. To access Canvas, login to MyCOM with your username and password and click the Canvas link on the left Quick Links menu. 

Once in Canvas, you will arrive on your Canvas Dashboard which will show course cards for all of your current semester courses. Click the course card to enter the desired course. Please Note: Canvas courses are not available to students until one week before the semester begins.

Where can I learn more about Canvas? 

Students: For an in-depth tutorial and additional information on how to use Canvas take the Student Tour!  You can also search the Canvas Student Guide for frequently asked questions, how-to videos, and more.  Keep in mind not all faculty use Canvas for their courses. If you are unable to locate your materials in your Canvas course, it may be because your instructor is not using Canvas.  Contact your instructor for further information.

Faculty: Visit the Faculty Support and Training page for more information about Canvas training, workshops, and instructional design appointments.

Canvas Open Labs

Open labs are offered nearly every week to students and faculty throughout the semester.  Drop-in to discuss Canvas questions including uploading files and videos, organizing your course content, inserting images, grade books, integrating external applications and publisher tools, and so much more!

Thursdays, noon to 1 pm
Learning Resources Center, LC 170
Kentfield Campus

Technical Support

If you need technical support with Canvas, log into Canvas and click on the Help icon located on the left navigation menu. From the Help menu, click the Report a Problem link located and complete the required form. Support tickets are reviewed during business hours (M-F 8am-5pm). For after-hours support (M-F 5:00pm-8:00am and weekends), call the Canvas Hotline 1-844-592-2200.