Canvas Quick Start Guide for Students


This is a Quick Start Guide to introduce students to the Canvas system and the training resources that are available to them.

Before you begin...

You must be an active student or faculty at MSU Denver in order to access Canvas. If you experience issues logging in, you may not be an active student.

Contact the Office of the Registrar to check on your registration status. 

Contact ITS for any issues you have signing in to MSU Denver services. Login Support (Single Sign-On)


Accessing Canvas

For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Because it’s built using current web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Logging in to Canvas

  • Navigate to the Student Hub on the MSU Denver webpage.
  • Under Web Services, click Canvas.
  • You will be asked to log in. (Use your MSU Denver Office 365 email credentials.)

Navigating Canvas

Inside Canvas, you will have access to the Canvas Student Training course. Access this course to learn how to use Canvas and get a head start on being a successful student!

Canvas Tutorials:

Viewing your Grades in Canvas

Important! Each course at MSU Denver is unique and different courses may display the grades for their class in different ways. Some instructors may not post all assignment grades in Canvas. Contact your instructor if you have a question about your grades in the course.

Official final grades for a class will be entered into the MSU Denver Banner system at the end of the semester. When the semester is over you can view your final grades in the MSU Denver Student Hub by choosing Grades under the Course Info section.

Tips to keep up with your course grades:

  • Review the Course Syllabus. 
  • Pay attention to all course announcements posted in your Canvas course as well as emails from your course and your instructor.
  • Be aware that some grades for quizzes or assignments for your course may be entered later in the semester or the instructor may be sharing your grades with you in other ways.
  • Assignments and quizzes can weigh differently towards your final grade. For example: A small pop quiz may not affect your final grade as much as the Mid Term Exam. You can review the course syllabus for how your grades will be weighted in the course. 
  • Best practice is to finish all of your assignments and quizzes for the class on time.
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to your Instructor if you have questions about your grades in your class.

Canvas Grade Tutorials:

Viewing Grades on the Mobile App Tutorials


You should now be more familiar with the Canvas training resources that are available to you.

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