Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) where your instructors will post grades, assignments, and other resources related to your classes online.
Canvas has a single sign-on (SSO) feature that allows you to sign in with the same email and password you use for your Office 365 account.
In the days following up to the start of your term, you will receive two emails from Canvas; one titled “Finish Registration: Canvas” and the other “Course Invitation.”
As soon as you can see one of these emails from Instructure Canvas in Outlook, you will be able to log in to Canvas. It is not necessary to click on any of the links or buttons in the emails.
To access Canvas, type mec.instructure.com in the address bar.
If you are not already signed into Office 365 on your computer, you will see the same login screen you typically see when signing into Office 365. Enter the email and password you use for your Office student account.
Now you will see a prompt to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Click on the box next to “I agree to the Acceptable Use Policy” and click on Submit.
You should have access to your Canvas “Dashboard” now:
Don’t be intimidated by all the information on your screen! First, read through the message titled “Student Disclosures and Consent for Distance Education Due to the Coronavirus Epidemic and Student Online Attendance Policy.” When finished, click on the small “X” on the top right corner of the message to remove it from your view.
Next, click on the green Accept button to accept the invitation to join the course “MEC Building with Canvas.”
With all the clutter cleared away, your Dashboard page should look similar to this:
On the Dashboard, there is a course titled Building with Canvas. This is a tutorial that will help familiarize yourself with Canvas. Click on it to get started.
Whenever you need to access canvas, simply type mec.instructure.com in the address bar and log in with your Office credentials if you are asked to. You can bookmark the website for quicker access in the future.