Canvas is a modern learning management system that supports student-focused teaching and learning at UIS. The robust features of Canvas help to enhance teaching and learning beyond the physical classroom.

Student Resources

The best resource for learning how to use Canvas is the Canvas Student Guide that Canvas maintains.

The following 10 minute video will show an overview of Canvas for Students.

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Resources for Faculty

COLRS Canvas LMS Resources for UIS Faculty

Link to the training portal:

Link to training videos:

(You will need to create an account to access the trainings – there are many offerings!)

Canvas Commons: A learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources

What is Canvas Commons

How do I use Commons

How do I share a resource to Commons


Q: How does an instructor require a certain number of discussion board postings before grading?

A: This feature does not currently exist in Canvas.

Q. What types of files can be uploaded to Canvas?

A. File types for assignments: (Faculty may also set restrictions for types of files that can be uploaded for a particular assignment.)

Media File Uploads by Instructor:

Media File Uploads by Students:

Q. Is there an accessibility checker available?

A. Yes, here are instructions for use: If you do not see the Accessibility Checker, you may need to try a different browser.

Q. How do I use Turnitin with Canvas?


Q. How do I use Examity with Canvas?

A. Instructor: