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First Steps for Students

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We recommend using the Chrome browser when using Canvas (See minimum system requirements). Some instructors post syllabi and certain course content during the shopping period to, but to see most, you must be enrolled and login as described below.

1. Login and click your course

After logging into Canvas, students will see their courses in the Dashboard. If you don’t see a course in the Canvas dashboard, please navigate to Courses from the global navigation menu and click on All Courses.  For more information, please read Where are my courses? (Students).  For additional help contact the Canvas team.

    Login to Canvas dashboard for an instructor

    2. Watch a 3-minute overview

    View this video about basic navigation in Canvas.

    3. Edit your profile

    Visit to add a photo your classmates can see, and adjust accessibility settings if needed. Learn more about profile. We recommend utilizing your default official SUNet email or you may run into problems with Zoom access, Collaborations, and other tools used in Canvas.

    Account to Profile settings

    4. Set your notifications

    Notifications are there to help, but if you receive too many, consider adjusting the frequency of notification for particular tools, and whether you want both mobile app and email notifications. Account-level notifications apply to all courses. Notifications for individual courses can be changed within each course and will override these notifications.  Navigate to Account in the Global Navigation menu and click on Notifications.

    5. Add Events to your personal calendar 

    If your instructors create due dates and meetings in Canvas, find the Calendar Feed in your Calendar, and add it to your Google or Outlook Calendars.

    Calendar Feed under Calendar Links

    6. Get Canvas on your phone

    If you have a phone, learn more and download mobile Canvas apps at Canvas Student Guide for iOS and Canvas Student Guide for Android.

    Screenshots from Canvas Student App for iOS

    7. See Assignments

    If instructors added an assignments in Canvas, you can access them from the To Do section in the sidebar of your Dashboard or a course home page, as well as see available feedback or grades.

    To Do in the Sidebar of Dashboard or Courses

    8. See Grades

    Below the To Do list is a View Grades link. The video show you how to use it to view assignment points and, if weighting was enabled by your instructor, estimate your overall course score. 

    Still need help?

    Visit the Student section of this site to learn about additional resources or Contact the Stanford Canvas Team.