Canvas ( is the UMN Learning Management System (LMS), an online platform used by instructors to provide learning materials and activities that may supplement a face-to-face or blended course, or deliver a fully online experience. Additional learning tools can be added to Canvas to extend the core functionality and features of the system.

Students use Canvas to access course material, submit assignments, take quizzes, view grades, and interact with classmates and instructors through online discussions and direct messaging.

Academic Canvas course sites (based on PeopleSoft course and enrollment information) are automatically created several months before a semester starts. Instructors will see their course sites in MyU ( in the Teaching tab.

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Canvas Basics for Instructors

  • OIT's Canvas webpage has good practices, how-tos, resources, and self-help guides.
  • For instructors: Canvas’ How To Instructor Guide
  • Canvas Essentials, is an asynchronous micro-course that reviews the Canvas interface, tools, features, and guides you through general course design decisions and activities to get your site ready for the start of the semester.


Canvas Template

The CLA Canvas template is based on weekly pages. To see an example or to apply the current semester template to your Canvas course site, see details or contact Silke Moeller (

CLA has created a video on how to use the CLA Canvas Template.

Canvas Resources to Share with Students

Canvas FAQ

Semester Canvas Site Checklist

For a comprehensive checklist to get your Canvas site ready for your students: Canvas Start-of-Semester Checklist.


Digital Accessibility

Canvas Design Tool

Christina Wiencke
Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction
S257 EltH | 626-1732
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
Silke Moeller
Academic Technologist
N211 EltH | 625-0644
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