Getting Started with Canvas (Instructors)


This article provides a comprehensive guide to getting started with Canvas, including requesting a test course, navigation, content migration, and support resources.


Table of Contents

Access Canvas

Request a Canvas Manually Created Course

  • All instructors automatically have one test course available in their Canvas account
    • The test course should appear in the Canvas Dashboard and in the Courses tab in the left navigation menu
    • The test course name will include "Instructor Test Course" and your OHIO ID
  • If you'd like additional test courses or would like to request a non-term based course (to use as an orientation, deliver training or professional development, etc.) you can request Canvas manually created courses

Understand Basic Canvas Navigation

Apply an OHIO Canvas Course Template

Build Your Course

Install Third-Party Integrations

Get Help from Canvas

  • Live chat with Canvas support (Faculty) 
  • Get 24-hours/7-days a week Canvas support  
    • Dial the Canvas Support Hotline number located under "Get Help" in the Canvas Global Navigation Menu 
    • Contact OIT at 740-593-1222 for questions related to logging in, test courses/manually created courses, or third-party tools (Panopto, VoiceThread, Inclusive Access, etc.) 

Get Help from OIT

Additional Resources



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Canvas is an online Learning Management System designed to facilitate communication and the sharing of course content between instructors, teaching assistants, students, and guests.