Helpful behind the scenes info on how Canvas integrates with my.harvard, common administrative questions, and more.
Canvas gets data feeds from my.harvard every 5 minutes, including:
- Course catalog information (course description)
- Class roster (instructors, enrolled students, prospective enrollees, teaching fellows)
Accessing Canvas site(s)
- Students: via the course catalog in my.harvard (once enrolled, canvas.harvard.edu).
- Instructors and Teaching Staff: via the my.harvard course portal or canvas.harvard.edu.
- Course Support Staff: via canvas.harvard.edu.
Giving people access
- Faculty, teaching fellows, teaching assistants, and other instructional staff should be added in my.harvard.
- Other guests, course librarians, and course support staff can be added within Canvas.
Courses with multiple catalog listings, but one actual meeting time/group of students, can use a single Canvas site. This includes:
- Cross-listed courses between schools
- Cross-listed courses across departments
- Multi-level courses (e.g. for both undergraduate and graduate students)
- Courses taught in section (e.g. Expository Writing, Languages)
Courses with sections can either:
- Use the my.harvard Sectioning process, which feeds automatically into Canvas (best for large courses)
- Create sections manually in Canvas (best for small courses)
- Course sites become “read-only” at the end of academic year
- Alumni can still access their Canvas sites via their HarvardKey (in most cases)