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DVC, like all California Community Colleges, utilizes Canvas as our Learning Management System. Learn how to leverage Canvas to support student success through our frequently asked questions, guides, workshops, and support.  

Find answers to common Canvas questions below:

How do I get training in Canvas?
When are Canvas sites created?

Canvas sites are created automatically each term through District IT, typically seven weeks before the start of that term. 

How do I access/log into Canvas?

Use your InSite username and password to log into our DVC Canvas site:

Forgot your username or password?  Contact District IT:

Are there any Canvas materials to help me get started?
  • Many departments host Canvas sites with support materials for their instructors.  Please contact your department chair with inquiries. 
  • The college provides an optional course template and design materials.  Learn more by clicking the "Course design resources" tab on Online Teaching Tips.
How do I combine sections on Canvas?

Sometimes instructors choose to combine sections on Canvas when teaching more than one section of the same course. 

checkmarkIMPORTANT: The process of combining sections will erase any existing content in your Canvas shells.  Before combining sections, be sure your Canvas shells are empty, or create and download an export of any existing materials to import into your newly combined sections.

To request combined sections:

    • Log into InSite.
    • Click the "Resources" tile.
    • Click "Canvas Combine Sections."
    • Be sure to review the instructions for keeping interactions between students in differing sections separate (FERPA) before completing your request.  (Learn how in the Guide to Combined Canvas Sections and FERPA.)

See Requesting a Canvas Combo Site for instructions with screenshots.

When can students see our Canvas shell?

Students will not see your Canvas shell until:

  1. the first day of the term AND
  2. you publish your course
How do I request an additional Canvas shell?

Sandbox courses are available for faculty to work on course design, for departments, and for faculty training needs. Please email Jeanette Peavler and/or Kat King with your request. 

Please review the Non-instructional Canvas Shells Guidelines for other any requests for shells that are student-facing.  Then, submit the Non-instructional Canvas Shell Request Form.  

How do I copy content from one Canvas shell to another?

Learn how to finalize grades, download course content for your records, and copy Canvas content in our End-of-semester Canvas and Tech Wrap Up guide.

Check out our Canvas Basics guides below with on-demand video and text-based tutorials:




Copying content

Canvas Commons


Beginner's Guide Canvas Shell

  • For comprehensive training in Canvas, we encourage instructors to take the Beginner's Guide to Teaching with Canvas.
  • Additional Canvas trainings are available during flex week and throughout the fall and spring terms.  Enroll in upcoming workshops (and trainings through affiliated organizations) in GROW@4CD
  • You can also view recordings of prior sessions for flex credit through the GROW@4CD Playlist.
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