Canvas FAQ

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How do I login to Canvas?

Go to and click Canvas Login. Login using your Gatorlink username and password.

Which browser should I use for Canvas?

Firefox, Chrome, and Safari all work well with Canvas. Internet Explorer has significant problems and is not recommended.

What is the Dashboard?

How do I navigate in Canvas?

How do I set my Notification Preferences in Canvas?

How do I communicate with other people in the Canvas system?

How do I set up my profile?

How do I customize my course list?

How do I change the language preference in my account?

Where do I go for help with using Canvas?

Contact the UF Computing Help Desk. There are also useful guides, videos, and tutorials available by clicking help in the upper-right corner of the Canvas screen.


Where are my Grades?

How do I submit an online assignment?

How do I reply to a Discussion?

What if I drop/add a course?

Your Canvas courses will be automatically updated with the change, but it doesn't happen instantaneously. It could take several hours to see the change.


How do I get my course in Canvas?

Instructors may request a course by emailing You will receive an email which confirms your request and provides additional information about when your course will be created, how to access it, and links to more information.

Is there a workshop offered for instructors using Canvas?

Yes. Write for date/time/location information and to register.

How do I add participants to my course?

Your students will be enrolled automatically based on the Registrar database. For TAs, Facilitators, Designers, Observers, etc., email and provide the first and last name, the UFID, and the course and section to which the person(s) should be added.

Can I use Turnitin in Canvas?

What are APPS?

In the "Settings" section of your course, there is a tab that lists many apps which you could add to your course. Apps must be approved by UFIT Security prior to use in Canvas. The list of current Apps that are approved can be found . . . You may not add apps other than those approved on the list.

What is SpeedGrader and how do I use it?

What is the Analytics tool?

What do I need to do to close out my course at the end of the semester?

Your course will close automatically at the end of the semester based on the default semester end dates. If you need to adjust this date to leave your course open longer, in the toolbar:

  1. Click Settings
  2. Click Edit Course Details
  3. Change the "Ends:" date
  4. Click Update Course Details

You will want to save a copy of your gradebook to your computer for backup and ease of access in the future. Downloading your gradebook is part of the process to submit final grades to Grade-a-Gator.

How do I submit my final grades to Grade-a-Gator from the Canvas Gradebook?

How do I give special access to an assessment?

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