Learning Management System (Canvas)


Canvas is an online service for posting course-related materials and facilitating interactions between students, instructors, teaching assistants, and guests. Canvas enables professors to provide students access to course materials, communication tools, online assessments, and grades, as well as the ability to submit assignments electronically.


The following list includes links that will direct you to detailed guides for each Canvas feature. For a complete list of all guides or to search for a specific item, use the Canvas Student Guide (Links to an external site.).

  • Course Navigation: Course Navigation  (Links to an external site.) is a menu on the left side of a Canvas course. Course Navigation consists of links pointing to all the feature areas within a course. Instructors can customize Course Navigation for each course.
  • Discussion: Discussions (Links to an external site.) is a forum designed to facilitate communication between students, or between students and the instructor in a course. Discussions can also be created as assignments for grading purposes. Students can also respond to informal and graded discussions in the context of a group. All Discussions content is visible to everyone in the course, and all students can view and reply to a discussion.
  • Assignment: An assignment (Links to an external site.) is any activity or assessment that is created by the instructor. Assignments can include Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Some assignments are submitted for no grade. Other assignments may be submitted offline but tracked in the Canvas Gradebook.
  • Grades: See the grades (Links to an external site.) for your course and use the “what-if (Links to an external site.)?” grades feature.
  • Modules: Modules (Links to an external site.) is a tool that can unify all course content into structural components. Module content is often grouped by week, topic, or day. Modules can be set up to require students to complete materials (Links to an external site.) in a sequential fashion.
  • Groups: Groups is a tool that helps instructors separate students into smaller collaboration teams.

Getting Started

Canvas is available at https://guilfordcollege.instructure.com/


For questions or issues regarding Canvas, please contact the HelpDesk at x2020. 

Support Availability

The Web HelpDesk office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


This service is available to the Guilford College community.