Canvas: Getting Started


This article describes the basic steps for building a course using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). The links below are listed in the order you should review. If you would like to attend a training or walk-in session see the links at the bottom of the article for the schedule.


To Get Started:

1. Go to your Canvas site and log in using your USNH username and password

2. On the Canvas dashboard you will see your courses. Click on the course tile to access the course. Next steps are to start adding content to your course and then publish your course. Students are automatically added to the course and they will see your course once you have published it.

The list of articles below will get you started using Canvas. Watch the Canvas overview video to get a quick overview of the basics.

How to use Canvas:

1. Canvas overview video. Getting Started Using Canvas

3. Add a Syllabus Canvas: Add a syllabus to your course

4. Add course content - Add a Module

5. Add content to modules Using the Modules area

6. Add videos to your course Kaltura: An Overview

7. Add Assignments Canvas: Assignments User Guide

8. Using the Gradebook Canvas: Gradebook overview


Additional options for learning how to use Canvas:

  1. Check out the Teaching & Learning Technologies training calendar for a Canvas training session or walk-in session.
  2. Canvas training can be conducted in-person or online via Zoom. Enter a support ticket to request a remote training session from
  3. Review the "Faculty User Guide" to see a list of commonly used Canvas features.
  4. Read the Canvas help guides


Need additional help?

Please use this link to the ET&S Help Desk team to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request. 





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