Canvas for Instructors

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Canvas is the web-based course management tool that is used by ODU faculty to adminster course content.

Within the Canvas environment, your instructors will make a wide variety of electronic media available to you: PowerPoint handouts, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, video and audio clips, PDFs and more. You'll find your syllabus, assignments, grades and feedback in this one convenient place.

Accessing Canvas

Log in with your MIDAS ID and password (not for use with mobile browsers).

Download the App (iOS)

Download the Canvas Teacher app, then search for ODU and log in.

Download the App (Android)

Download the Canvas Teacher app, then search for ODU and log in.

Integrated Course Tools

All Course Tools

Find information about all of the tools and integrations available in Canvas.


Create and access Zoom meetings for your courses.


Store and share class recordings or other media with Kaltura to get around the 2GB multimedia file storage.


Learn more about this powerful Canvas-integrated plagiarism detection tool.


Create and manage exams that can be published directly to Canvas.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers about functionality, integrations and more.

Canvas Quick Start Guide

Need to find instructions about basic Canvas tasks? This guide has all the essentials, condensed into just two pages.

Canvas Overview (Instructors)

In this video from Canvas, you will learn about the Canvas Dashboard, sidebar, Global Navigation menu, and course interface.

Display UINs in the Gradebook

Learn how to display additional student information (like student UINs) in the Canvas Gradebook.

Canvas: Profile Picture Guidelines

Add a profile picture to Canvas.

Restrict Course Access by Date

To keep students from accessing content before a class starts or after it ends, you'll need to restrict course participation to specific dates.

Course Merging (Cross-Listing)

If cross-listing in Banner isn't possible, you can merge classes (also called "cross-listing" in Canvas) for easier course management.

Manage Incompletes

If you have students with incompletes from Blackboard, grant them access to their coursework in Canvas so they can finish the course.

Canvas Help

Canvas Community

Get 24/7 chat, phone, email and online support. Hit the "Help" button from inside Canvas, or browse Canvas guides online.

ITS Help Desk

Contact the ITS Help Desk if you have technical issues with Canvas.

Online Appointments

Book a 30-minute virtual session with an ITS technician to go over any issues or questions you have about Canvas.

Canvas Training Portal

Complete the self-paced tutorials and webinars on the Training Portal. Log in into Canvas > Help > Training Portal.

Canvas Instructor Resources

Browse information provided by Canvas just for instructors.

Growing with Canvas (Teacher Training)

This self-directed course available within Canvas has some great information to get you started.

Canvas YouTube Channel

Browse an extensive collection of tutorials provided by Instructure.