OSU students are automatically enrolled in Canvas sites when they register for their classes (note that some instructors choose not to activate their Canvas course sites).

Groups and departments who want to use Canvas for training and collaboration may request a Canvas Studio site and enroll anyone with an ONID account.  

  1. Log into Canvas at http://canvas.oregonstate.edu
  2. Click the Account button and then the Settings link in the upper-left corner of the Canvas screen
  3. Click the My Studio Sites link on the upper left side of your Settings page
  4. Click Request a new Studio Site, enter the fields and submit the form. When your request is approved (usually within two business days) you’ll receive an email with a link to your new site

To add users to your site:

  1. Click the People link on the Studio site’s left-side navigation menu.
  2. Click the "+ People" button in the upper right corner
  3. Click the “Login ID” button
  4. Enter the login ID in the following format: onid@oregonstate.edu (e.g., greenoul@oregonstate.edu)
  5. Select a role (the only difference between a Teacher and a Leader is that a Leader may add others to the site). Typically you will select either Teacher or Student for a Studio site. 
  6. Click Next, then click Done

More details here on OSU Canvas Studio sites

Add a TA, Designer or Observer to your Canvas course site

Instructors may add a TA, Designer, or Observer via the Manage Assistants link on the course navigation menu.

Click the Add Assistants tab and search (for ONID, first or last name)

If your assistant has recent FERPA training on file you can add them as a “Canvas TA.” If no FERPA training is on file, click the Train for TA button, and an email will be generated with a link your assistant can use to complete the training. Once the assistant’s training is on file (typically 1-2 business days), you can add them as a “Canvas TA.” FERPA training is not required for Designers.

Check out our brief how-to video.

TA’s have full access to the course and gradebook. Designers can add/edit course content, but have no discussion board or gradebook access. Observers have read-only access to published content (they can view and download files, and see assignments and quiz descriptions); no access to discussions, roster or gradebook.

Don't see the Manage Assistants menu link? It may be hidden. On the left-side course menu click Settings > Navigation, and enable the menu link. Don't forget to Save (button at the bottom of the page)!

Log into Canvas with your ONID username and password.

  • The dashboard displays your current and 'favorite' courses
  • If you don't see your course in the dashboard, click the Courses button on the left-side gray navigation bar
  • Click the All Courses link at the bottom of the menu to display all of your present- and past-term courses

Don’t see a course site in Canvas that you are teaching? Check with your department support staff to make sure you’re listed as the primary instructor in Banner.

Students are always welcome to connect with the OSU Canvas team at canvas@oregonstate.edu 

All OSU Canvas users may access Canvas tech support 24 x 7 x 365 by clicking the Help button in the left-side gray navigation menu. Support is available via:

  • 844-329-3084 (toll free)
  • Live chat
  • Email form

See also:

Helpful links for students using Canvas (by Instructure)

5 Things for OSU students to know about Canvas


It’s a good idea to check the Canvas Community to see if any other users have requested a feature, tool, or change for Canvas. You may also contact the Learn@OregonState team if you would like to submit a feature request and find out more about our request evaluation process. 

All OSU Canvas users may get technical support 24 x 7, 365 days a year by phone, live chat, or email. Click the “Help” button in the lower left corner of the Canvas screen, or call 844-329-3084. If you are an instructor, TA, or staff member and would like to learn more, please contact the Learn@OregonState team. Or check out excellent online help resources in the Canvas Community.

From 2012-2014 OSU investigated our options and needs for instructional innovation and technology. Over the course of our campus-wide inquiry, Canvas was preferred by students and instructors alike as the system and technology partner that is in the best position to help us meet our goals. You can see more details here on the decision for Canvas.