Information, Technology & Consulting

Canvas Service Overview



Canvas is a web-based tool for teaching, learning, and collaboration. All Dartmouth classes are automatically provisioned with a Canvas site. Canvas integrates with many other teaching and learning tools used at Dartmouth. New features, enhancements and bug fixes are applied to Canvas every three weeks.

Canvas is developed and hosted by Instructure.

Quick Access

All Canvas users log into Canvas with their Dartmouth NetID and password.

Approved guest users need to obtain a Dartmouth NetID and password in order to access Canvas.

Available to

Dartmouth faculty, students, staff, alumni.

Faculty can request a Dartmouth guest account for external users who need to access Canvas. If you need assistance with the Canvas guest account process, please email [email protected]

Benefits and Features

Canvas is a management system with a focus on extensibility. Third party learning tools, such as blogs, wikis, Piazza discussion boards and a host of other tools can easily be connected to individual course sites by the faculty who administers a given course. Canvas’ notification and messaging tools are integrated with Facebook, Twitter and a number of other web services; control over where to receive messages resides with each individual user.

Canvas is a particularly strong tool for student learning when all of their classes use Canvas and it becomes a one-stop-shop for their academic work, collaborations, and communications.

The core tools provided by Canvas include:

  • Course calendar and scheduling tool
  • Announcements, messaging, email
  • Customizable notifications
  • Rich Content Editor to create webpages, link files, embed media, insert images, etc.
  • Assignment tool (collect student submission, provide feedback on-line)
  • Quizzes and surveys
  • Gradebook, rubrics, and alignment with learning outcomes.
  • Course-based analytics
  • Online video conferencing
  • Integrated audio and video tools, including YouTube embedding.
  • File sharing
  • Groups, group assignments
  • Peer review
  • Discussion Board
  • Class photo roster
  • Library reserves and guides

Some of the add-on applications and integrations include:

  • Piazza question and answer platform.
  • Wikis, blogs, journals via Campus Pack.
  • Echo360 lecture capture and in-class polling tools.
  • Kaltura video delivery and embedding platform.


Canvas runs on:

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OS X 10.6 and newer
  • Linux
  • ChromeOS
  • iOS7 and newer
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Flash
  • Edge
  • Safari

Internet Explorer 11 will not be completely compatible with Canvas starting July 2018.

Mobile/Tablet Apps are available for Android and iOS. Find up-to-date information here:

Get Started

All Dartmouth courses have a Canvas site available to use, and are available to faculty about six weeks prior to the start of the term. To learn more about how to use Canvas effectively, we encourage faculty to contact a learning designer by emailing [email protected]

Canvas offers self-help resources and guides and 24x7 live help is accessed by clicking the Help icon in the lower left of the Canvas screen.

Canvas is upated every three weeks. When there are substantive changes or enhancements, we will include those updates and changes in our Dartmouth Connection Teaching and Learning newsletter (subscribe here).  


If you have any questions about how best to use Canvas, email [email protected].

Instructure also provides 24/7/365 user support, by phone, chat, or email. To access Instructure’s help, log in to Canvas and click the Help button in the lower left corner. The direct phone line for Dartmouth users is 603-347-8220 (a toll-free number is provided in the Help menu within Canvas).

Academic Technology Services
Last updated: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

Information, Technology & Consulting