Canvas for Students

About Canvas

Canvas is the online space for all current UM-Dearborn courses.  In Canvas, you may have access to the course syllabus, assignments, discussions, files, conferences and more.  The content and features available for each course are determined by the Instructor, so some courses may have almost all material available on Canvas while other courses may not utilize Canvas at all.

Getting Started With Canvas

Students who are new to Canvas should review the UM-Dearborn Canvas Quick Guide for Students and the Instructure Canvas Overview video to get familiar with essential functionality of Canvas.

For questions or help using a specific Canvas feature, the Canvas Guide for Students (arranged by Canvas Tool) may contain the information you need.  Some of the most important topics include how so I submit an online assignment, how do I take a quiz, and how to submit a Canvas video assignment with MiVideo.  In addition to the web guides, there are also some Video Guides available on select common topics.

IMPORTANT: Using a web browser on a desktop or laptop computer (not a tablet or mobile device) is highly recommended for taking quizzes or submitting assignments in Canvas.

Instructors can see information on what pages students accessed in Canvas and integrated tools, what videos were watched and when, timestamps for assignment submissions, and answers to quiz questions.  Canvas support personnel can also see more details on items students access in Canvas, including IP addresses and browser information.  Canvas support personnel may communicate those items to instructors if a request is received concerning academic integrity or other issues related to UM-Dearborn’s educational mission.

Being a Successful Online Student

There are a variety of strategies students can use in order to insure their success in an online class.  Many of these strategies would help insure success in an in-person or hybrid setting as well.

One of the first things you can do is assess your readiness to participate in an online class by taking the Student Readiness for Online Learning survey.  Completing this survey will give you a sense of your preparedness for online learning.  Once you decide to take an online class, consider the following strategies in order to have a successful and positive educational experience.

Quick Help for Students

Course Content: If you have any questions about the content in a specific Canvas course, please contact the instructor.

Can't see courses or receive a "no account found" error: Either of these problems mean your registration or account info has not yet been passed to canvas. Please be aware that it can take up to 48 hours after you register for a class for access to Canvas to begin (this can be even longer for newly admitted students, as your login account and other settings have to be created and distributed among multiple systems before Canvas can function correctly). In addition, information is only transferred starting 8 weeks before the start of a semester (so students registering in May for the Fall semester may not have their Canvas account available until Mid-July).  Once you have access to Canvas, you still will not be able to get into an individual course until the week before the semester starts (at the earliest).

Password Problems: If you are having username/password issues logging in to Canvas, please contact the ITS service desk.

Other technical issues: If you run into any technical problems using Canvas, please refer to our Canvas Help and Support page.

Winter 2022 Important Canvas Dates

January 3 2022 - Some Canvas courses may become available to registered students at the discretion of the instructor of record.

January 10 2022 - All Canvas courses will be become available to students by the end of the day.  Students on a waitlist will be able to view most course content, but will not be able to submit assignments or participate in discussions (in addition to some other features) until becoming fully registered.

January 24 2022 - Students formerly on a waitlist will no longer have access to the course in Canvas.

May 2 2022 - All assignments or other work in Canvas must be done by 11:59pm. After that point, courses will become read-only and moved to the "past courses" area (they can still be accessed by clicking the "view all courses" link in the Canvas courses menu). Instructors may have earlier due dates, but no later than 11:59pm on this date. Always consult the course syllabus for accurate due dates.  Course notifications also end at this time, so students should check courses often for any updated assignment comments or grade changes.

Summer 2022 Important Canvas Dates

April 27 2022 - Some Summer/Summer I Canvas courses may become available to registered students at the discretion of the instructor of record.

May 4 2022 - All Summer/Summer I Canvas courses will be become available to registered students by the end of the day.  Students on a waitlist will be able to view most course content, but will not be able to submit assignments or participate in discussions (in addition to some other features) until becoming fully registered.

May 11 2022 - Students formerly on a waitlist for Summer I will no longer have access to the course in Canvas.

May 18 2022 - Students formerly on a waitlist for Summer will no longer have access to the course in Canvas.

June 22 2022 - Some Summer II courses may become available to registered students at the discretion of the instructor of record.

June 27 2022 - All Summer I assignments or other work in Canvas must be done by 11:59pm. After that point, courses will become read-only and moved to the "past courses" area (they can still be accessed by clicking the "view all courses" link in the Canvas courses menu). Instructors may have earlier due dates, but no later than 11:59pm on this day. Always consult the course syllabus for accurate due dates.  Course notifications also end at this time, so students should check courses often for any updated assignment comments or grade changes.

June 29 2022 - All Summer II Canvas courses will be become available to registered students by the end of the day.  Students on a waitlist will be able to view most course content, but will not be able to submit assignments or participate in discussions (in addition to some other features) until becoming fully registered.

July 5 2022 - Students formerly on a waitlist for Summer II will no longer have access to the course in Canvas.

August 23 2022 - All Summer/Summer II assignments or other work in Canvas must be done by 11:59pm. After that point, courses will become read-only and moved to the "past courses" area (they can still be accessed by clicking the "view all courses" link in the Canvas courses menu). Instructors may have earlier due dates, but no later than 11:59pm on this day. Always consult the course syllabus for accurate due dates.  Course notifications also end at this time, so students should check courses often for any updated assignment comments or grade changes.

Fall 2022 Important Canvas Dates

August 22 2022 - Some Canvas courses may become available to registered students at the discretion of the instructor of record.

August 29 2022 - All Canvas courses will be become available to students by the end of the day.  Students on a waitlist will be able to view most course content, but will not be able to submit assignments or participate in discussions (in addition to some other features) until becoming fully registered.

September 12 2022 - Students formerly on a waitlist will no longer have access to the course in Canvas.

December 19 2022 - All assignments or other work in Canvas must be done by 11:59pm. After that point, courses will become read-only and moved to the "past courses" area (they can still be accessed by clicking the "view all courses" link in the Canvas courses menu). Instructors may have earlier due dates, but no later than 11:59pm on this date. Always consult the course syllabus for accurate due dates.  Course notifications also end at this time, so students should check courses often for any updated assignment comments or grade changes.

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