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Students who are registered in a course using Canvas will see the Course listed under the "Courses" tab when they login ( The course will not be visible until the faculty member teaching "publishes" the course site. 
Typically your faculty will send an email or announcement letting you know that the site is ready for you to access it.

From then on, you can access Canvas from the UW Tacoma homepage or go directly to and login with your NetID and password.

These guides will help you learn how to use the common tools in Canvas. If you cannot find what you are looking for or if you need additional help, please contact our helpdesk by phone 253-692-4357 or email

Getting Started

Below is a video that shows how to navigate Canvas' homepape. It touches on everything from logging into Canvas, becoming familiar with the dashboard and to-do lists, as well as the main navigation bar.

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Editing your profile

Your personal settings include contact information and other settings that will help your instructor and peers contact and identify you. Profile pictures are helpful to identify users by putting a name with a face. Profile pictures can be uploaded in your personal settings. Please keep in mind that all institutions have different permissions for their users, and all of these settings might not be available to you.

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Update your Profile

  1. Click the Settings link in the Help Corner.
  2. Locate and click the Profile navigation link.
  3. Click the Edit Profile button.
  4. Enter in the information you would like people to see.

Learn more about updating your Profile in Canvas.

Discussion Boards

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How to have conversations with instructors or peers

Communicate with your instructor and peers

There are multiple ways to interact in your course. Some interactions include Announcements, Discussions, and Conversations.

Announcements: Announcements are a way for instructors to communicate with students about course activities. Students can only create announcements in a group workspace.

Discussions: Canvas provides an integrated system for focused and threaded discussions, which allows both instructors and students alike to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired.

Conversations: Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students.

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Announcements (All Class Participants)

  1. Click the appropriate Announcement title.
  2. Leave a reply for appropriate announcement.

Discussions (All Class Participants)

  1. Click the appropriate Discussion title.
  2. Leave a reply for appropriate discussion.

Conversations/Inbox (One or more recipients)

  1. Click the Inbox link in the Help Corner.
  2. Enter a name, course, or group you would like to send a message to.
  3. Write and send the message.

Learn more about communicating with your instructor and peers in Canvas.

Assignments - Keeping track and submitting

Assignments are any online activity submission that is graded by the instructor. Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.) There are multiple ways to find your Assignments.

  • View the Recent Activity feed on your Dashboard.
  • View the To-Do List on the right sidebar.
  • View the Coming-Up feed on the right sidebar.
  • View your Calendar.
  • Hover over the Assignments link in the Global Navigation, and view the To Turn-In list.
  • Locate and click on the Assignments navigation link, and view the Upcoming Assignments list.
  • Locate and click on the Grades navigation link, select the appropriate course, and view your Assignments list with corresponding grades.

Assignment Overview

Submit your assignments

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Submit your assignments

  1. Select the assignment that needs a submission.
  2. Click the Submit Assignment button.
  3. Select submission type tab (File Upload, Google Doc, Text Entry, etc.)
  4. Upload assignment.
  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. Wait until you see the Submission ?Turned In! message.

How do I view Instructors Comments on my Assignment?

Vericite submissions and reading reports

VeriCite is now available through Canvas for instructors to set up plagiarism review on a per-assignment basis, and for students to submit assignments for review. See the VeriCite FAQ for more information

Student Help

Check your Grades

Check your grades

  • Click the Grades link in Global Navigation.
  • Select the course you want to check your grades in.
  • View grades.

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Taking Quizzes

Collaborating with Google Docs and EtherPad

Upload, View and Share Files

Create an E-Portfolio

Using the Calendar

Using and Troubleshooting Conferences

Using Chat

Interacting with People and Groups

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