Every institution (or school) uses a specific URL to access Canvas. Institutions follow a URL structure of [your institution name].instructure.com or canvas.[your institution name].edu. Your institution may access Canvas through a direct URL, or you may be redirected to Canvas through your institution's authentication system.
A Canvas URL is also required to access Canvas mobile apps. When using mobile apps, you may be able to search for your institution or school district directly in the app login page. However, if your institution or school district cannot be found by name, you will need to manually enter your Canvas URL.
Direct Access to Canvas URL
Some institutions will use a direct link to their Canvas account, which makes the Canvas URL easy to find. Hover over the Canvas link and view the Canvas URL, or click the link to be taken directly to the page.
Redirect to Canvas URL via Authentication
Some institutions may choose to have another domain redirect to Canvas, especially if the institution has an existing portal for student courses. You may have to sign into your institution's internal authentication system before accessing Canvas.
As an example, students at Utah State University can access Canvas after signing in to the university's single sign-on landing page.
View Canvas URL
Hover over the Canvas button and view the Canvas URL, or click the button to be taken directly to the page.
You can also view the Canvas URL at the top of the Canvas user dashboard.
These screenshots are acknowledged by their respective universities for use in this lesson.