Getting Started With Canvas For Students





How students can get started using Canvas, U-M's online Learning Management System, for courses.


Logging in

To log in:

  1. Open your browser and go to
  2. Click the Canvas login button in the upper-right corner of window.
  3. Type your U-M uniqname and password and hit return.

Finding your course

When you first log onto Canvas, you will see the dashboard with colored cards showing recent activity for some or all of your courses.

You can see all of your courses by clicking the Courses link in the left-hand menu and then clicking All Courses in the window that opens.

To make a course appear as a colored card on the dashboard, click the star next to its name on the All Courses page.


Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. See a full list of supported browsers.

Mobile devices

Most Canvas features are supported on mobile devices. Mobile apps are also available free for download on both smartphones and tablets.

Profile and user settings

You can change your profile and personal settings at any time.

Notification preferences

You can set notifications to email you when you send out an announcement or make and assignment.


Your dashboard summarizes what's happening in all your courses. To open your Canvas dashboard while you're in your Canvas course, click the yellow Michigan block M in the upper-left corner of the Canvas window.

Student Resource Guide

Check out the Student Getting Started Resources guide for more information about Canvas tools.

Additional Information

For questions about course content, please contact your instructor.

For Canvas or other technology-related issues please contact the ITS Service Center.



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