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What is Canvas?

Canvas is the university's online learning platform.  Courses from across all of OSU’s campuses can be found here; including OSU Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. Canvas allows instructors to post the online portions of traditional classes or teach fully online classes. Community sites are gathering spaces for functions that are academically related. Video recording capabilities are also offered in Canvas through use of the product Studio.

Not every instructor chooses to use Canvas. Instructors inform students if they use Canvas when classes begin



Canvas provides access to courses and communities offered at Oklahoma State. It can be accessed through or directly through There is also a mobile app in the Android and Apple app stores for access to Canvas.


Students use Canvas to access the online portions of their classes. Course sites that instructors fully utilize can have many of the following features:

  • Syllabus

  • New announcements

  • Folders for each week of study that includes PowerPoint slides, assignments, extra reading, links to websites and videos, and more

  • Discussion boards host discussion topics that students can use any time day or night

  • Dropbox for posting assignments

  • Quizzes and Exams

  • Classlist - a list names and email addresses of students, instructors, and teaching assistants

  • Grades - a place to see one's own grades

  • And more

Instructors use Canvas to set up the online portion of the classes they teach. They also use it to:

  • Interact with students in the Discussions area

  • Receive assignments

  • Enter grades

  • Get usage tracking data

  • And more

Community sites are those set up for academically related activities, such as advising, interest groups, and departmental matters. Community sites will be included in the existing course list available to users.


Getting Started

  1. Canvas can be accessed through the following methods.

    1. and clicking the link or Icon for CanvasCanvas logo

    2. to access directly

    3. Downloading the Canvas Student app from the Apple or Android app stores.

  2. The first page is called “Dashboard.” Dashboard is where you will access your pinned courses.

  3. On the left hand navigation bar is “Courses.” Courses will show you all courses and Communities you are currently enrolled in. They will be split out by Current, Past, and Future enrollments. You can select to pin courses to your Dashboard from here.

  4. Additional student resources are available here:


Setup Instructions



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