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shokhida
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What is SIS ID? When creating user accounts, does it function as a password?

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chriscas
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Hi @shokhida .

I'd say the sis_id is generally a student's (or any other type of user for that matter) unique identifier in the school's Student Information System (SIS).  It's usually used when syncing information like enrollments between the SIS and Canvas. It does not function as a password at all.

-Chris

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chriscas
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Hi @shokhida .

I'd say the sis_id is generally a student's (or any other type of user for that matter) unique identifier in the school's Student Information System (SIS).  It's usually used when syncing information like enrollments between the SIS and Canvas. It does not function as a password at all.

-Chris

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mvanmatre
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Hi shokhida,

Laymen Answer: (what I know)

The SIS ID is what it says on the tin. It's a number that your Student Information System program adds to the student account when pushed into Canvas. I assume it's way for your SIS to talk to Canvas.

Fancy Answer: (what I found)

Throughout the Canvas Rest API, objects are referenced by internal IDs. You can also reference objects by SIS ID, by prepending the SIS ID with the name of the SIS field, like sis_course_id:

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