Canvas is a modern Learning Management System (LMS) that provides an easy-to-use clean layout allowing instructors to quickly set up course content and tools efficiently while students navigate course sites and submit work.
The Canvas LMS provides the digital tools and resources that instructors use in a cloud-based environment with strong mobile capabilities for students and faculty available 24/7. The Canvas Teacher app supports most course features on iOS and Android mobile devices, as does the Canvas Student app, which is also available for iOS and Android.
Step 1: Logging In
To begin using the Canvas, just click the "Sign In" button (above). Use your SMU ID and password as your login.
Step 2: Access Your Courses
Your list of available courses will be listed under the "Courses" menu in Canvas. Faculty may begin to add content to any or their existing courses or may request a demo course for training purposes, content development, or testing. If you experience any login issues, please contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP (4357).
Any Instructor interested in obtaining a Canvas template for Fall 2021, please contact your school's Academic Technology Service Director.
Step 3: Getting Help & Support
There are many ways to get help with Canvas. For most basic "how to" questions, we encourage all of our users to contact IT Help Desk. For additional information about Canvas support, please visit our Canvas Help pages. You can also utilize the Canvas Guides, a site with comprehensive documentation curated by Instructure and the Canvas community. For further assistance and consultation, you can contact your school's Academic Technology Service Director.