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Instructors use Canvas to communicate with students, share materials, post and collect assignments, provide feedback, and more.  You'll find a Canvas shell for each course you are enrolled in on the first day of the term.

How do I access Canvas?
  • Log into InSite (via the website or app) and click the Canvas tile.
  • Alternatively, you can visit dvc.instructure.com and log in with your InSite username and password.
  • Or, from the DVC homepage, click Canvas from the top menu to access the Online Education landing page.  Click "Log into Canvas" and enter your InSite username and password.  
How do I add my Canvas courses for this term?
  • Courses you are enrolled in will automatically appear in your Canvas Dashboard, usually starting the first day of the term
  • If you don't see your courses on the first day of the term, check to see if they are in another spot.  In the global navigation menu (far left), click "Courses," then click "All Courses."  Here is where you will see a list of past and present Canvas shells.  Courses with a highlighted star show up on your Dashboard.  To add a course to your Dashboard, click the star next to the course name. 
  • If your course isn't there, contact your instructor to see if he/she plans to use Canvas.  Check your course syllabus for your instructor's preferred method of contact or find contact information in the DVC Faculty Directory.  
How do I learn Canvas basics?
  • canvas expert badgeOur Canvas Student Quick Guide can help you get familiar with Canvas even before you have access to your dashboard.
  • For hands on practice, take our training course and get your Canvas Expert Badge!  (Typical time to complete is 30 minutes.)
  • Or - click the next tab ("Canvas Trainings") for quick tutorials to common Canvas tools.
How do I learn technology basics?
Where can I get one-on-one support?
  • Access 24/7 Canvas Chat support.  When logged into Canvas, click "Help" in the global navigation menu (far left) and select "Chat with Canvas Support (Student)."
  • "Just ASC!"  Get peer help on campus or online through DVC's ASC (Academic Support Center).
How do I check my grades on Canvas?
 Please note: Not all faculty use Canvas for grading, so check your course syllabus for detailed information about how your instructor keeps track of grades.  If your instructor does use Canvas, see:

How do I change my display name on Canvas?
  • To have your preferred name on class rosters, Canvas, email, and your Student ID card, complete the Preferred Name Form and submit to Admissions & Records
  • To designate a preferred name that only appears on Canvas discussion boards, messages, and comments, email your request to Jeanette Peavler at jpeavler@dvc.edu.  
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What if I forgot my username or password?

Your Canvas username and password are the same as your InSite username and password.  If you forgot your username/password, contact District IT:

Why don't I see all my courses in Canvas?
  • All hybrid and online classes should have a Canvas shell.  If you don't see a face-to-face course, your instructor may have chosen not to publish his/her Canvas shell. 
  • Confirm your enrollment in the class through InSite. 
  • If you are enrolled via InSite, email your instructor to see if he/she plans to publish and use Canvas to communicate with students.  Check your course syllabus for your instructor's preferred method of contact and/or check out the DVC Faculty Directory.  
I added a course during late registration. Why don't I see the course on Canvas?
  • Make sure your instructor has provided add authorization and you have accepted the authorization so the course shows up on your schedule in InSite.  (Learn more about late registration.) 
  • There is a short delay between the time you accept add authorization for a class and your class appearing in Canvas.   InSite "talks to" Canvas periodically through each day.  If your instructor is using Canvas, your class shell will appear within 6 hours.
One of my Canvas courses disappeared mid-term. What happened?
  •  Check InSite to confirm you are still enrolled in the course.  InSite communicates with Canvas, so if you have been dropped from a class for non-attendance, you will no longer see that course in your Dashboard.
What if my question isn't answered here?
  • Access 24/7 Canvas Chat support.  When logged into Canvas, click "Help" in the global navigation menu (far left) and select "Chat with Canvas Support (Student)."
  • "Just ASC!"  Get peer help on campus or online through DVC's ASC (Academic Support Center).