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What is Canvas?

Canvas is a space for course materials, communication, assignments and activities. It is the centralized location for all courses, and it is the system that students are familiar with using for courses at UC Santa Cruz.

What is Canvas good for?

Canvas puts everything in one place for your students (and you). It gives students a way to engage with the course and one another at any time or place. It’s a convenient method for students to submit work. It lets you provide timely and private feedback. It lets you incorporate other “things,” like electronic textbooks. It gives you helpful ways to see student activity.

Canvas is the best centralized place to place all content related to your course — digital texts, videos, assignments, etc.

Key Resources

Technical Support

Visit our daily office hours or email to schedule a consultation.

  • UCSC ITS Support: (opens a ticket with ITS) or call 459-HELP (4357)
  • 24/7 Instructure Canvas Support: Click the Help icon on the left hand vertical menu in Canvas. Click on “Chat with Canvas Support (Faculty)” or call by phone.
    Note: Instructure is the developer and publisher of Canvas; they cannot help with integrated tools such as Zoom or YuJa.
Last modified: Nov 14, 2023