learning management system

Penn State is currently transitioning to Canvas, our new online system for teaching and learning! All courses that begin after June 30, 2017 that use an LMS must use Canvas.

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Canvas to return to WebAccess on January 25

At 6:00 am ET on Wednesday, January 25, the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology (OPVIT) will move Canvas back to WebAccess authentication. Canvas had been switched to an alternate authentication method on August 22, 2016. Users logging in to Canvas...

Why is Respondus useful?

By Daonian Liu Respondus is software that allows us to easily create and manage exams for Canvas or other learning management systems. Why do we bother to use Respondus while we can directly use the Quiz tool in Canvas to create exams? There are at least three ways in...

transition timeline


help & support

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A variety of support resources are available from Penn State sources and from Instructure, the company that developed Canvas.

get help

To report a problem or ask a question, contact the Canvas hotline at 1-877-226-4449 or select any of the other help options below.

How to Submit a Ticket

In Canvas -> Help -> Report a Problem


Live Chat

Chat with Canvas Support

find answers

Canvas Guides

Instructure’s online documentation

Knowledge Base

Penn State’s IT Knowledge Base

join the conversation


Penn State’s Yammer Group

Canvas Community

Instructure’s Canvas Community



Click on each block below for live training registration & self-paced training options offered by IT Training Services.

Canvas Learning Center

Learn how to get the most out of Canvas at Penn State. This comprehensive, self-paced course includes videos, tutorials, learning activities, example courses, and more, all available 24/7.

switch to canvas

A. Learn how to Build a Course from Scratch in Canvas

Starting fresh is almost always more efficient, and it will enable you to build a more organized, feature-rich course.

B. Learn how to Migrate a Course from ANGEL to Canvas

Recommended if you only store files in your ANGEL course now, if you heavily utilize ANGEL quizzes, and if you are not interested in utilizing many Canvas features.

local contacts

Canvas Liaisons

Contact the local transition representative for your college or campus.

one-on-one transition help

Virtual Office Hours

30-minute consultations with an instructional designer.
Appointments available 9 a.m. to noon EST every M, T, W, & F. Additional hours available Dec 12th-Jan 30th.

Technology Learning Assistants

One-on-one virtual or in-person assistance provided by Penn State student consultants on assignments, quizzes, gradebook, and other Canvas course components.

Course Conversion Assistance Request

TLT Canvas Instructional Support can assist with course conversion for very complex ANGEL courses.

integrations and enhancements

Current and Upcoming Integrations

Information about Canvas integrations with 3rd party tools (e.g. VoiceThread)

Request an Enhancement or 3rd Party Tool

Faculty and staff can request 3rd party learning tool integrations or other enhancements to Canvas.