Canvas Help - Main Page

Canvas is the learning management system used at SVSU. Canvas allows instructors to organize their courses and course content so students can find the materials they need quickly and easily. Canvas includes tools for announcements, assignments, quizzes, grades, discussion and more.

Learning Canvas

We offer many workshops for those interested in learning about Canvas and strongly encourage users to attend at least a Canvas Introduction. However, we do not require you to attend one in order to use the system and invite you to watch a previously recorded video of a workshop as an alternative to attending.


Workshop Recordings


Check the list of related Knowledge Articles to the right.  There are many topics that will assist in development of Canvas courses.

Import content from another Canvas Course

Accessibility Checker

Previous Workshop Recording Video

Canvas Guide on using the Accessibility Checker

Course Evaluations

Check the list of related Knowledge Articles to the right.  Learn how to set the start and end dates for course evaluations, view the list of questions, add additional questions, check the rate of student responses and access submissions.

Media Submissions in Canvas (ensuring student success)

Best practices for ensuring students are successful in using the upload/media tool in Canvas and alternatives to recording video.


How do I request multiple sections of my course be combined in Canvas?

You can put in a request to have your courses combined in Canvas through the Canvas Management Console (CMC).
Once you have logged into the CMC:

  1. Click the "Merge Sections" button.
  2. In the Sections column on the left, click the "Add" button to the right of all the courses that should be part of the combined course. 
  3. In the Sections to Merge section on the right, confirm that the courses are listed correctly, and then click the "Click to Merge" button.
  4. Your request will be processed within a day or two.

How can I troubleshoot a feature that is not working in Canvas?

Sometimes, a feature doesn't work properly because the browser that is used to open Canvas is not up to date.  If something isn't working as you expect, try downloading and installing the browser update (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc).  If the browser is up to date and the feature is still not working, login to Canvas using a different browser and try again.