In this introduction, you will learn some basic information about Canvas and answer relevant questions about how Canvas should function for your institution.
Note: This written tutorial is designed to help new Canvas admins establish their Canvas account. The lessons in this tutorial should be followed sequentially except where indicated.
Before creating your account, there are a few basic concepts to address. Below are some general questions and answers about Canvas, its administrator role, and the people who will support you throughout the process of creating an account.
Canvas is a Learning Management Platform. With its highly integrated learning products, you can build a digital learning environment to meet the unique challenges faced by your institution.
Because Canvas is a web-based system, it doesn’t need to be installed on your computer. However, you’ll want to make sure that your computer meets the basic requirements to run Canvas. You’ll also want to verify that Canvas supports your web browser before you get started.
In Canvas, administrative users are called Admins. Admins oversee and manage an institution's Canvas account, or they may oversee and manage a sub-account within an institution’s Canvas account.
Learn more about the Canvas admin role.
Most Canvas accounts are assigned to a Customer Success Team. Your Customer Success Team will work with you to establish your account. Review with them your institution’s teaching and learning goals as well as your institution’s existing structures.
Once your account is established and users at your institution are using Canvas, your CSM will be your primary point of contact when you have questions, concerns, or comments about Canvas functionality for your institution.
Each institution has an organizational structure that supports its specific teaching and learning needs and goals. For example, your institution may be divided into specific schools; each school may be assigned specific grade levels or disciplines; each grade level or discipline may then be divided by department or group.
Before configuring your Canvas account, take the time to answer the following questions about your institution and administrators. Your answers will play an important role in the organization of your Canvas account.
After answering questions about the organization and administration for your Canvas account, consider how Canvas will support teaching and learning at your institution.
Canvas includes a variety of standard account integrations. In addition to these integrations, your Customer Success Team can configure a variety of other integrations for your account. Learn about available Canvas account integrations. Contact your Customer Success Team to enable any of these integrations in your account.
Check out these resources to help you become familiar with Canvas.
You can also watch the Canvas Overview Video for Admins.
We work hard to make Canvas intuitive and easy to use, but you may encounter some unique terminology. Learn about Canvas terminology.
Now that you know how you want to structure your account and which integrations your Canvas instance should include, it’s time to log in and set up your account. In the next lesson, you will learn about the following: