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What is Canvas?

Canvas is Newcastle University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is an online learning platform where you can find all of your course content, study materials, and module and programme information. You will also use Canvas to submit the majority of your assessments electronically as well as receive your marks and feedback.

All students have access to Canvas and you can log in using your normal username and password.

The website and mobile app have a clear interface, making the platform user friendly, and it integrates seamlessly with many other tools!

Sian Dickie, Students' Union Education Officer

Canvas Orientation

Find out how to access Canvas, navigate the dashboard, and view course content in this short orientation video:

Be Canvas Ready... in 5 Steps

1.   Familiarise yourself with Canvas

Access the online Canvas Student Orientation course at any time and work through it at your own pace - or check out the library of Canvas Student Guides.

2.   Download the Canvas app

The Canvas Student app allows you to access your courses and groups, receive notifications and messages, submit assignments, and more from your mobile device. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.

3.   Manage your notifications

Set your notification preferences so that you get the information you need from Canvas where and when you want it.

4.   Personalise your Canvas dashboard

The Dashboard is your landing page on Canvas. You can choose which courses are displayed here in Course card view. You can then personalise your course cards by changing their position, colour and nickname. 

5.   Access your Canvas courses

When you access a course, you will land on the Course Home Page. Most of your course content will be structured in the Modules area of your course (not be confused with a University module). A Canvas module can contain file links, discussions, quizzes, assignments and content organised by week or topic.