Northwestern’s learning management system, Canvas, allows Northwestern instructors to deliver course materials, manage grades, and create learning activities and allows students to submit assignments and tests and view grades.


Roles and Permissions

Primary roles within Canvas include Teacher, TA, and Student. A summary of the actions each user can take are found in the user roles and permissions table.

Schools and departments may also assign Canvas Administrators who have unit-specific permissions to access Canvas.


Available to

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff





How to Request Service

Click the appropriate button to the right to access this service.


Support Resources


Opportunities for Training, Collaboration, and Additional Functionality in Canvas

  • Visit the Canvas Learning Center for key information and resources that will make managing your courses in Canvas successful.
  • Teaching & Learning Technologies offers the ability to extend the capabilities of Canvas courses with supported learning apps and digital tools. See what’s available on the Extensions to Canvas page.
  • Hands-on Canvas and learning app workshops are offered on various topics for all levels. See the Training page for more information.  
  • Faculty course development opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate-level instructors. To schedule a 1:1 consultation, see the Instructional Design Consultation Request page. For a more in-depth look at refreshing an existing course or developing a new course, see the Collaborative Course Evaluation Service page.
  • A service to enhance the automatic transcription of lecture videos recorded with Panopto is available to instructors at no cost. See the Panopto Caption Review Service page for more information.


Canvas Mobile Apps

Access to Canvas is available on the web and through free mobile apps.

  • Canvas Teacher — allows teachers to manage their courses on mobile devices. Provides access to the SpeedGrader tool as well as the Gradebook.
  • Canvas Student — allows students to view course content, upload submissions and view grade information.


Course Retention Guidelines

All course sites are retained in Canvas. Courses that have "ended" are viewable under "Past Enrollments." Student accounts remain in Canvas after graduation; however, deactivated users will not be able to access the Canvas system.


Terms of Use

Some of the materials on the Canvas learning management system are subject to copyright and may NOT be distributed beyond members enrolled in classes served by this learning management system. Students' use of these materials is limited to the term in which a course is taught. This system contains student records that fall under the regulation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). See the Northwestern University FERPA policy for more detailed information on FERPA.

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Canvas Administrator Roles and Permissions
Resources for members of Northwestern University responsible for supporting courses, departments, programs, or schools in Canvas.