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Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) from Instructure. It is SPU's primary software for academic purposes.

It provides an online web portal for students and faculty to interact and enhance the learning experience. Faculty may use Canvas to share course materials and facilitate student learning through the use of discussion boards, journals, blogs, and wikis.  Faculty can also collect assignments, conduct assessments, and manage students grades all within their Canvas course site.

Canvas is used heavily by the SPU faculty and is managed by the Educational Technology and Media department. Classes, faculty, and students are uploaded nightly from Banner and provide space where SPU faculty distribute course materials, host online discussions, and communicate with students.


Course content

Canvas Commons - Canvas has a learning object repository for storing course content. 

SpeedGrader - Teachers can give grades and feedback on assignments submitted by students. 

Designed For

Canvas is designed for faculty and students to use to share course material and facilitate student learning.

Getting Started

If you are a student or faculty member at SPU, you have already been automatically set up with a Canvas account and do not need to manually request one. You are good to go! To login to Canvas go to and log in using your SPU credentials. Your courses and class information for the current and next term will have been uploaded automatically for you from Banner.


Technical support and training for Canvas is provided for Faculty by the office of Educational Technology and Media. Students are encouraged to bring Canvas issues to their Professor. Any issues regarding logging into Canvas are handled by CIS.

Canvas Support


Phone: 206-281-2170

Administration and Maintenance

Canvas is hosted on Instructure's cloud servers. Administration of Canvas is handled by ETM. 

MaintenanceRoutine maintenance will be scheduled between 4:00am - 7:00am (PST) on Wednesday mornings, during which Canvas may not be available. Notifications on scheduled and unscheduled maintenance can be found on the SPU Online Services page.
UptimeInstructure guarantees 99.9% uptime for Canvas.

Learn More

Troubleshooting Canvas - CIS Help Desk



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