What is Canvas?

Intended Audience

This article is intended for faculty, staff, and students who need technical support for Canvas.


This article is for general informational purposes and has no specific requirements.

What is Canvas

Canvas is a virtual learning environment and management system used by UM-Flint and supported by the Office of Online Digital Education (ODE). The ITS Helpdesk can only offer limited support for Canvas, such as log-in assistance or general troubleshooting. The focus of Canvas is to add online elements to courses traditionally delivered face-to-face and develop completely online courses with few or no face-to-face meetings. Please note, Mozilla Firefox is the recommended web browser for use with Canvas.

Additional Information

The ODE and Canvas resource links below provide details about their support, services, instructional guides, and events:


If you are encountering an Additional Authentication error while trying to log in to Canvas, please attempt the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Clear the cache of the internet browser you are using. Steps on how to complete this can be found here.
  • Or try logging in to SIS by going to sis.umflint.edu.
    1. Once you are logged in, copy the link "https://canvas.flint.umich.edu/" into your browser's address bar
    2. Then press Enter.
    3. This should force it to recognize your credentials and log you in automatically.


If you have any questions or experience any issues once you are logged in to Canvas, please visit or contact the ODE Helpdesk for assistance.

Location: 241 French Hall

Phone#: (810) 237-6691

Email: ode-helpdesk@umich.edu


If you are experiencing any issues logging in to Canvas, or have any questions regarding this article, please visit or contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance.


Location: 206 Murchie Science Building

Hours: go.umflint.edu/hours

Phone: (810) 762-3123

Email: flint.its.support@umich.edu

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