UW Continuum College Instructor Resources

Access Your Canvas Course

Your course uses the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), which requires that you have a UW NetID and password to log in.

If you do not have a UW NetID or cannot remember your ID or password, go to UW-IT’s Get your UW NetID page. You will your Personal Access Code (PAC) to create a UW NetID. If you do not have this information, please contact our Payroll department at ctnmpay@uw.edu.


Login to Canvas

  1. Go to https://canvas.uw.edu.
  2. Select the University of Washington option and click the Login button.
  3. Enter your UW NetID and password.
  4. Click the Sign In button to access your Canvas Dashboard screen.

Access Your Course(s)

Once you successfully login to Canvas, you will see your Dashboard. The Dashboard gives you a quick overview of what is happening in all your courses. Students also have a Dashboard for their courses. To learn more, check out the Canvas Overview video.

To access a specific course, click on the corresponding course card on the Dashboard or:

  1. Click the Courses link on the left-hand Global Navigation menu to view the course list.
  2. Click on the name of the course to access course content.
  3. Click the All Courses link if you do not find a course listed.

TIP: You can customize your course list for favorites to display on your Dashboard.

System Requirements for Canvas

Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android or most devices with a modern browser.

Supported Browsers

Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using. Check the current list of Canvas supported browsers.


You can access Canvas on most smartphones and tablets, but be aware that some content (like Flash videos) may not display correctly. There is a mobile version of Canvas; go to the Canvas mobile guide for iOS and Android devices.

We tell students they can access their courses on a mobile device, but we RECOMMEND using the computer-based site for submitting discussion posts, online assignments and quizzes to ensure the full course experience.

Required Technical Specifications

Adobe Flash

To use the embedded audio/video recording or viewing features, or to upload files, you must have Adobe Flash Player installed. Go to Adobe’s website to install Flash. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of the Flash plug-in.

Java Plug-In

The Java plug-in enables screen sharing during Conferences in Canvas. Go to the Java download page.

PDF Reader

Some course content includes PDF files, which require Adobe Reader or Apple Preview (Mac only) to view. Go to Adobe’s website to download Adobe Reader. If you are a Mac user, Apple Preview comes pre-installed with the operating system.


Canvas Support

Canvas Resources for Instructors

There is a wide range of support materials to help you with Canvas.


  • Visit the Training page for information on the Self-Paced Canvas Training course, and online workshops.

Canvas Guides by Instructure


UW PCE Technical Support

Phone Support for Canvas: (206) 685-6372

  • Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time | excluding UW Holidays
  • Extended hours | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. | during the first two weeks of each term
  • Extended hours Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | the Saturday prior to start of term and the first two Saturdays of each term

Email Support for Canvas: ctnmhelp@uw.edu

UW Online Dashboard

Use this dashboard to see the status of UW PCE systems or to test your tech.


Let’s Get Started

Use Canvas to enhance the classroom experience or deliver online courses:

  • Organize and distribute course material.
  • Have students submit assignments and take quizzes online.
  • Use rubrics and SpeedGrader to grade assignments online.
  • Track student grades and attendance with the Gradebook.
  • Learn about student activity, interaction and performance with analytics.

Start of Term Checklist

Course Basics

Course Availability

  • Online courses and courses with an online section will open seven days before class starts. This is to ensure students can access your course and work out any technical requirements.
  • For classroom courses, you will publish course material when ready to share with students.
  • Reorder and hide links in the Course Navigation to disable or hide content from students.
  • Unpublish content or use the Draft State to hide course content, such as pages, modules, quizzes, grades, etc. Unpublished content is invisible to students.

Add Users to Your Course

End of Term Checklist

Course Wrap Up

  • Submit grades
    • Credit courses: submit grades on GradePage.
    • Non-credit courses: submit grades to Registration Services, PO Box 45010, Seattle WA 98145-0010 or FAX the class roster to 206-685-9359.
  • Download a copy of grades from the Gradebook for your records.
  • Inventory course content. Do you need to hide anything from students once term ends?
  • Export course content for future use.
  • Review UW-IT’s end of term considerations.