How Does Canvas Work?

canvsa icon no linkUW Seattle automatically provisions course sites for all courses being taught, by all faculty, as soon as the time schedule for each quarter is released. This means that you may already have a course site for your class on Canvas that you can begin to develop.

Get Started Checklist

  1. Login to http://canvas@uw.edu with your NetID and Password

  2. Check to see if your course sites are listed in the courses dropdown menu (see note below).

  3. Check out the Workshops and Training page to schedule an appointment or visit the "How to..." pages to learn about common Canvas tools and how to use them.

  4. Build your Course site or...Import the content of another Canvas course site into your new course (if desired)

  5. Publish your course site when ready and send an announcement to your students.

Note: Upcoming course shells are available as soon as the Time Schedule is released. You should see them in your courses dropdown menu when you login to Canvas. You may request a development shell, which you will never publish, if working on a new course months before the quarter to be offered.  If you desire a development-only course site for a future quarter, contact Academic Technologies and request a Development shell.

What else you need to know...

Course Roster Sync Issue

There is currently a glitch in the Canvas automated registry system which occasionally causes the roster to not list some students or to include students who are not taking the course. Always double check your Canvas "People" area against your official MyUW Course Registration. If there are discrepancies, email your name, the course ID and details of the issue to uwcanvas@uw.edu.

Don't have a NetID yet?

If you need to start building a course site but you have not been completely processed by your department yet, we can setup access to a Canvas Development Shell for you. All we need is an email from the Director/Dean of the program and your GMail address (which you can create for free if you don't have one). Then once you are setup with your official course sites in Canvas, you can just import the content from your Development Shell over to the official course site.

On Campus Canvas Support

Academic Technologies provides support for faculty and students using Canvas. We are just an email away and would love to meet with you!