Canvas for Students

Canvas for Students

Canvas Overview

Canvas is a web-based learning management system (LMS). It is used by learning institutions, educators, and students to access and manage online course learning materials and communicate about skill development and learning achievement. Canvas includes a variety of customizable course creation and management tools, course and user analytics and statistics, and internal communication tools.

Additionally, while Canvas is primarily a web-based software, any user can access Canvas on a mobile device from the Canvas Teacher and Canvas Student app. Learn more about the Canvas mobile apps.

The following are the main features every student at UGHE should be familiar with and can be found in the video above:

  • Dashboard: The Dashboard is a panel of content that acts as the Canvas default landing page and provides an overview of all Canvas
    activity for a user. The Dashboard shows all courses and groups, recent activities, to-do items, upcoming assignments, and recent activities.
  • Course Home Page: This is the first page you will see when you open your course. In most cases, this page will contain general information about the course and how you should navigate pages.
  • Module: Instructors will use this feature to group activities. Under module name, you will find pages you will have to go through to complete the module.
  • Assignment: An assignment is any activity assessment that is created by the instructor. Assignments can include Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Some assignments are submitted for no grade. Other assignments may be submitted offline but tracked in the Canvas Gradebook or be submitted online.
  • Quiz: This is a type of assessment that teachers use to assess students. 
  • Discussion: Discussions is a forum designed to facilitate informal communication between students in a course. Discussions can also be created as assignments for grading purposes. 
  • Chat: The Chat tool provides synchronous video, audio, and text communication between students enrolled in a course.
  • Groups: Groups is a tool that helps instructors separate students into smaller course units. Groups can be created for students or by students to enable efficient collaboration.
  • Grades: When your teacher grades your assignment, quiz, or discussion board, you will automatically see the grades you scored.
  • UGHE Library: On this page, you will find e-resources available for you. 
  • Syllabus: This outlines course activities in a course.

E-learning at UGHE offers to students trainings on how to use Canvas. Please click on the button below to open the course training. If you don’t have access to that course, please email to request the course access.

Canvas Registration

Your UGHE email account will be added into canvas. You will receive an email inviting you to create a Canvas account as a part of the registration process. Before you start registering, please read the following: