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Canvas (by Instructure) is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that is currently used by more than 700 colleges and universities. Canvas is the LMS at the University of Nebraska, all four campuses (UNK, UNL, UNMC, UNO) are using Canvas for teaching and learning.

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Canvas provides a set of tools focused on improving teaching and learning through a modern interface, and the ability to extend the platform to outside tools and systems. Some of its most notable features as identified by UNL and our Big Ten peers are:

  • Speed grader for mobile grading
  • Integrated peer evaluation
  • Intuitive grading and assignments
  • Texting and Facebook notifications
  • Mobile-ready design

Getting Started

Here's a list of tips and links to help you start using Canvas. 

Faculty Links:

  1. Be sure to bookmark the login URL for Canvas:
  2. Faculty can be enrolled in our self-paced Canvas course by emailing
  3. Use the help button to get Canvas Help and get to know the Canvas Community
  4. Be sure to set up your profile 
  5. Be sure to set your notification settings
  6. Contact UNL-ITS for assistance and questions about Canvas at
  7. Check the Canvas instructor guides.
  8. Canvas help for faculty can also be obtained by contacting the instructional designer(s) supporting your college

Student Links:

  1. Be sure to bookmark the login URL for Canvas:
  2. Use the help button to get Canvas Help - the live chat system works great!
  3. Be sure to install the Mobile App: Apple or Android
  4. Be sure to set up your profile 
  5. Be sure to set your notification settings 
  6. Check the Canvas student guides.

Canvas instructional videos for everyone

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