Canvas Faculty Guides and FAQ

Canvas logoCheck out our most frequently asked questions, on-demand videos and text-based instructions for leveraging Canvas effectively.  

Canvas FAQ

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 department-specific Canvas courses to support instructors?
Yes, many departments host Canvas sites with support materials for their instructors.  Please contact your department chair with inquiries. 
How do I request an additional Canvas shell?
Please contact Jeanette Peavler ( or Kat King ( with your request.  Sandbox courses are available for faculty to work on course design.  Shells intended for other purposes, like for use with students, must be approved by the Distance Education Committee. 

Canvas Basics - Faculty Guides

For flex credit and step-by step, comprehensive training in Canvas course design, we encourage instructors to take the Beginner's Guide to Teaching with Canvas. (See Teaching Online at DVC to learn more.)  Don't have time for the full course, or have a specific question about Canvas course set-up?  Check out our Canvas Basics series with on-demand video and text-based tutorials.  

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