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Hege Library & Learning Technologies

Canvas for Instructors

This guide provides an overview of Canvas, Guilford College's LMS, for instructors who use it as an online home for their courses.


This guide provides instructors with an overview of our Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. A companion guide for students is available at Canvas is Guilford College's online home for classes and coursework: a Canvas course shell is automatically loaded up for all Banner-created courses, and instructors and students are automatically added to their registered courses.

You can log into your Canvas account at (which you can also bookmark!) using your Guilford username and network password - the same password you use to log into campus WiFi and campus computers. You set this up with ITS when you are on-boarded: if you do not have an account yet, you cannot access Canvas.

This guide covers:

  • the basics of Canvas, with subpages covering
    • Course Workflow and Content (Modules, Files, Pages, Course Home Page)
    • Assignments & Grading (Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Gradebook, and SpeedGrader)
    • Course Settings (course details, useful buttons, navigation)
    • Communicating with Students (Announcements, Inbox, assignment feedback & comments)
  • collaborating in Canvas
  • a rundown of some additional Canvas features you may find useful (including Analytics, Canvas Commons, and Attendance)
  • accessibility in Canvas
  • a beginning-of-semester checklist for instructors to run through
  • resources for Canvas trainings & tutorials, in many formats.

Many resources are available in the Canvas Instructor Guide, created and managed by Instructure (the company that created Canvas). Similar resources for students are available in the Canvas Student Guide. Resources from both of these guides are linked throughout these Hege Library & Learning Technologies guides to Canvas - but we have not linked to all of it, and they are great resources to consult when you or your students have a question or experience an issue.

Need Help?

If you have questions about or are experiencing issues with Canvas, please put in a Help Desk ticket via or by emailing – someone who works on Canvas at Guilford College will get in touch to assist you.

If you would like to learn more about how to use Canvas, check out this guide's Canvas Trainings & Tutorials page, and keep an eye out in the Buzz for the announcement of workshops, which are usually held at before the beginning of every semester.