Canvas Course Websites for Harvard

Canvas by Instructure is the default platform for FAS course websites, and we're here to help you get your sites ready. On this page, you can find out how to access your course websites, download quick-reference guides to key Canvas tasks, and learn where to find more training, information, and resources.

Key dates, including course publication and registration deadlines, can be found on the Registrar's Academic Calendar page. Canvas sites for the current academic year can be accessed via the my.harvard course portal. If you'd like assistance setting up your Canvas site, or with any other aspect of integrating digital tools and methods into teaching and learning, Academic Technology for FAS is here to help. You can attend one of our Canvas workshopsdigital methods seminars, or open office hours, or simply drop us a line at

Quick-Reference Guides to Key Canvas Tasks

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Administering a Canvas Course Site

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Copy and paste this code to your website.
Copy and paste this code to your website.

Canvas Training, Information, and Resources

Academic Technology for FAS is offering regular Canvas workshops and open office hours for faculty and staff supporting FAS courses, and you can watch an Introduction to Using Canvas anytime. You can also get help any time by emailing us at

Help With Canvas
Get 24x7 Live Help (online chat or phone) from the Help link inside Canvas, or visit the HUIT IThelp knowledge base for Harvard-specific information on common Canvas questions and on available support and resources.

Canvas Behind The Scenes
Find helpful behind-the-scenes information on how Canvas integrates with my.harvard, common administrative questions, and more.

Teaching remotely?

There are several Canvas features that support instructor engagement with students, students' engagement with each other, and digital access to content, assignments, and assessments. Here are a few best practices that will ease the transition to teaching and learning online:

  • Post a syllabus to provide students information on course policies, assignments, and important dates.
  • Provide a method for holding class online through Zoom, or another web conferencing system.
  • Organize your content so finding course materials is easy for students.
  • Use assignments and quizzes to assess student understanding.
  • Communicate with students via emails and announcements.
  • Create opportunities for students to engage with each other asynchronously through online discussion.
  • Record and share video through Panopto or another lecture video tool.

View our Contingency Planning guide for additional information omn tools, practices, training, and resources that are available to help you teach remotely when needed.