Canvas Learning Management System (LMS)


Canvas is OHIO's new Learning Management System, designed to create a more streamlined and engaging learning experience by allowing students to easily access course materials and communicate with their instructors and peers. For information on OHIO's transition to Canvas, visit the Canvas Learning Management System Implementation website.


Who Can Access

All active OHIO faculty, staff, and students can access Canvas at

Access to Courses

  • Faculty and staff 
    • Academic courses: Canvas courses are created automatically eight weeks prior to the course’s start date based on the course information in OHIO's student information system, PeopleSoft.
    • Instructors of record can access their course(s) and add or delete content any time after the course has been created.  
    • Instructors can publish the courses for students to see as early as two weeks before the term start date. 
  • Students 
    • Students enrolled in a course can access the course if: 
      • The instructor has made the course available to students, AND 
      • The course start date is no more than two weeks in the future. 

Note: It may take up to 12 hours for students to see their course in Canvas if the course was added after the semester start date.  

How to Request Access

Manually created courses (test courses) can be used to explore Canvas features, build content for future "real" courses, or to create an organization. 

All instructors have one test course automatically created in their Canvas account. The test course should appear on the Canvas Dashboard and in the Courses tab in the left navigation menu. The course name will include “Instructor Test Course” and the instructor's OHIO ID.

To request additional test courses or non-term-based courses, submit a request for a manually created course


Instructors & Organizational Leaders

  • Apply OHIO course templates designed by the Office of Instructional Design (OID)
  • Create tests and assignments in one central location
  • Organize articles, documents, videos, and other media files for your course 
  • Provide grades and feedback for assessments and assignments 
  • Communicate with students via announcements, discussion boards, and groups
  • Review reports to see what students/participants are accessing
  • View all upcoming due dates and to-do items across multiple courses in one calendar 
  • Create accessible course content based on automatic feedback from the accessibility checker
  • Access 24/7 support for faculty 
  • Use the Canvas Instructor mobile app to view and edit content, grade assignments, and communicate with students

Students & Participants 

  • Access content for your courses
  • Take tests and submit assignments in one central location
  • View and add course due dates and to-do list items in one calendar
  • Review assignment feedback and grades
  • Update preferred name and pronouns
  • Access 24/7 support for faculty and students   
  • Use the Canvas Student mobile app to view courses, participate in discussions, and interact with your instructor

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Additional Resources

Join the Teaching and Learning Advisory Community

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


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