Getting Started with Canvas as a Student
Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at Stevens. An LMS is an educational technology that provides you with course content and activities. Canvas offers access to course content and key tools to help you stay connected, organized and learning throughout your college career.
How to Access Canvas
To access Canvas,
Step 1: Log into myStevens (Links to an external site.)with your Stevens email address and password
Step 2: Select Canvas from the My Apps Dashboard
How Will I Use Canvas?
Depending on the course format, you can expect to:
- view your instructors' course announcements of important activities and due dates
- view your course syllabus online
- view course materials, such as pdfs, presentations, videos, web links or publisher-provided materials
- access your Zoom course sessions
- participate in class discussions
- submit course assignments online
- take online quizzes
- communicate with your instructor through messages
- view course grades
Technical Requirements and Recommended Browser
Before you begin your coursework in Canvas, ensure you are using a computer with the appropriate technical requirements as well as a supported browser.
Canvas works best in the latest two versions of the major browsers. We strongly suggest you use one the following browsers:
Internet Explorer and Edge are not recommended, as there have been many issues reported with their use.
Some supported browsers may still display a banner that reads: "Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas." If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies:
How do I clear my browser cache on a PC? (Links to an external site.)
How do I clear my browser cache on a Mac? (Links to an external site.)
Canvas Student Guide
Please check out the following articles and/or video tutorials for more information about Canvas:
Learn about using the Canvas Global Navigation Menu, course navigation and Dashboard.
Learn how to use the Calendar to keep track of important events and assignments.
Learn about managing your dashboard and sidebar.
Learn about Canvas Assignments, which are online activities graded by your instructor
Learn how to access and take Canvas Quizzes and view your Quiz results.
Learn how to access and take an assessment in New Quizzes, and view your assessment results.
Learn how to view, reply to and edit Discussion posts
Learn how to check your grades in Canvas
Learn how to use Canvas Inbox, the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. It works similarly to email, but lives within Canvas.
Learn about managing your notification settings for all courses and for an individual course.
Learn how to use Canvas Groups, which allows you to work in small groups with your classmates to collaborate on assignments, projects and presentations.
Canvas Student App
Learn how to use the Canvas Student app.
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