What is Canvas?

Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) that has consistently been rated highly for its student-centered model and the overall student experience. Canvas is recognized by faculty for its ease of use and its high-quality mobile user interface. Canvas is the LMS that faculty and students use at Xavier.

Why Canvas?

Canvas allows us to implement Xavier's strategy for anytime, anywhere, any-platform, and any-device learning. This significantly enhances our capability to deliver high-quality online, flipped, and hybrid courses, as well as enriches our resources to support our more traditional face-to-face courses. We believe that Canvas will support Xavier's student learning experience at the level of excellence that we demand today and, as importantly, that it will provide what we will need for tomorrow.

How do I get started?

To get started with Canvas, sign in here: canvas.xavier.edu (use your regular Xavier login credentials)

For Canvas training, please refer to the "Canvas Basics for Faculty" course under your Courses menu in Canvas.  Canvas Basics is a self-guided training course that will teach you everything you need to know to get started using Canvas and to begin building your course.


For Canvas help, feel free to take advantage of the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week phone and live chat support that all students and faculty members have with Canvas. You can reach a Canvas support specialist anytime at 855-778-9967 or live chat with them by clicking here.

There are also several help options available by clicking the “Help” button at the top-right hand corner of Canvas. The Canvas guides provide excellent and very easy to follow tutorials on how to do anything in Canvas with just a simple keyword search.

If you feel that you need some one-on-one help with Canvas, open lab sessions are available Monday through Friday with Daniel Wooddell.  To book an open lab session, simply click on the "Schedule a Canvas Open Lab Session" link in the left navigation of this page. (or click here)  Instructions on how to book a session can be found at the top of that page.  If you would like to book an open lab session at a date and time that is not available on the scheduling page, contact Daniel Wooddell and he will work around your schedule as best as possible.

Additional Canvas forms and helpful links can also be found in the left navigation of this page as well.