Canvas Resources for Instructors

Canvas is a web-based learning management system (LMS) designed to support fully online courses or provide a space for face-to-face course supplementation.  Canvas provides many types of tools and features for enriching the learning experience. 

How does it work? 

Canvas provides a space (course shell) for each course taught each semester.  Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system.  A fully functional course shell provides tools for displaying content, interacting with students, and assessing students’ work.  The system also supports various media types for creating engaging content. Canvas can be used for: 

  • Uploading the syllabus and maintaining confidential students' grades through an interactive grade center. 
  • Providing space for digital assignment submission and instructor feedback. 
  • Engaging students and instructors in discussions.  
  • Adding audio and video content. 

How to log in to Canvas? 

  • Access Canvas at 
  • Click the Login button and log in using your IslandID and password (same credentials used to access your university email). 
  • Complete the Duo two-step authentication. More information about Duo is available on the Islander Two-Factor Authentication webpage. 

How to use Canvas? 

  • Contact the Digital Learning and Academic Innovations for more information. 
  • Use the Academic Digital Resource Center course (ADRC) in Canvas for tutorials and guides.  
  • Canvas Technical Requirements: To ensure your computer runs properly in Canvas on either PC or MAC, review the supported browsers page. 
  • Technical Help:
    • Canvas includes 24/7 support for instructors. Use the "Help" menu item on the Canvas global navigation to chat with or call Canvas support.
    • If you are having difficulties contact the IT Service Desk at (361) 825-2692 or submit a service ticket through the IT Service Desk Online Portal