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. Below, you can learn how to access your course websites (current and past), download quick-reference guides to key Canvas tasks, and learn where to find more training, information, and resources.

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

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.

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

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.

Find Canvas Training
Academic Technology for FAS offers Canvas workshops and office hours at the beginning of each semester for faculty and staff supporting FAS courses. You can also get help any time by emailing us at