Getting Started for Faculty

The following information is a summary to help you get started in Canvas. 

Quick Links


First-time Login 

  • You can access Canvas using your JHED and password through Canvas at JHU main page. If you need help logging in for the first time, follow the Canvas log-in guide. If you need help logging in, contact the IT help desk: Report a problem online or call (410) 516-HELP. 
  • For new instructors, we recommend making sure you have already set up your JHU email account prior to accessing Canvas to make sure you receive vital notifications.
  • When you first log in to Canvas, you will see a pop-up.  You can accept the conditions, and then complete your log in. 

Getting Help

Canvas Mobile App

Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating—three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Canvas Teacher is available for both Android and iOS devices. 

  • Follow the mobile guide for faculty to install the Canvas Teacher App. 
  • We do not recommend using the mobile browser for viewing courses.  
  • In-depth mobile guides for Android and iOS


  • The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your current courses. 
  • In-depth Dashboard Guide. 
  • The global navigation menu is located at the left side of the screen and is visible from all pages. It contains links to your Account, Dashboard, Courses, Calendar, Inbox, History, and Help. Depending on your role in Canvas you may see additional links on the menu.  

Profile Photo 

  • Images should be square in size to prevent your picture from being resized or distorted. Files can be any type (.jpg, .png, .gif) or size as long as you have room in your personal files to store the file. Canvas recommends that your profile picture be as small as possible. 
  • In-depth Profile Photos Guide. 

Chosen Name

Your chosen name needs to be set in myJH portal and then it will update in Canvas. For more information on updating your name, visit the registrar’s Chosen Name page.


  • If you have updated your pronouns in your directory information on myJH, they will update in Canvas in most cases.
  • When setting up your pronouns in your directory information, if you selected “other” and typed your pronouns, they may not be shown in Canvas. You can then set your pronouns in Canvas directly. (Despite this limitation, it is still recommended to set your pronouns in the directory since they will update in numerous systems).


Canvas includes a set of default notification settings you can receive for your courses. However, you can change the default settings by setting your own notification settings. These settings only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users.  

  • In-depth Notifications Guide. 
  • Notifications from Canvas come from, and they often show up in the “other” or “updates” area of your inbox.

Time Zones 

All dates and times throughout a course are displayed according to the course time zone. Courses automatically default to the account time zone. As an instructor, you should not change the time zone of your course without consulting with your division’s Teaching and Learning Center.  

Users can specify a time zone in their User Settings, which does not have any effect on the course time zone. If users have set a specific time zone in their User Settings, all course dates and times will display in their local time, but if they hover over the date and time, they can also see the course date and time.  

Course Site

There is typically no need to request an Academic Course site in Canvas.

  • In Summer 2022, faculty can see if their course is in Canvas by checking SIS to confirm where their course is being taught.
  • In Fall 2022, schools that used Blackboard in the past will be switched to Canvas.

Course Enrollments

For academic courses, student enrollments for your course are populated from SIS to Canvas. It can take up to 24 hours for an SIS add to populate or drop be removed in your Canvas site. You can not add students to your academic course, but you can add TAs and other roles.

Adding a TA to your course site

Even if you have added your TAs to your course in SIS, they must be manually added to the Canvas course site. Follow this documentation to add the TA to your course

Course Availability to Students (i.e., Publishing)

In order for students to view and access your course, you must publish it. You may also unpublish a course if you want to hide it from students. Once your course contains a graded submission, you cannot unpublish your course.

Course Merge Request

If any of your academic courses need to be merged in advance of SU22 start, please contact your division’s teaching and learning center.

Important Note: Any existing student work in a published source course will be lost once merged. Request merges before courses open to students whenever possible. Unmerge requests must be done through a special request through your teaching and learning center. 

Copying Course Content from STAGE to a SIS Academic Course 

Depending on your division’s policy, you may or may not need to move your content from your “STAGE” (staging course) to your SIS academic course. Contact your division’s teaching and learning center if you have questions.  

  1. Start in the destination course (i.e., your academic section)  
  2. Then follow this course import guide.  

Course Navigation

The Course Navigation Menu is a series of links on the left side of your course that help you and your students access different course areas. The Course Navigation Menu is always visible on its respective pages. In-depth Video for Navigation

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