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Canvas is the University of Illinois' official learning management system (LMS). This state-of-the-art, user-friendly platform provides students and instructors with one central location where they can easily access your course syllabus, assignments, announcements, grades and anything else that is pertinent to their course. (NOTE: Some niche programs may use a different LMS that is tailored to their specific needs.)

Learn more about Canvas by:


If you're new to Canvas, here are some steps to take to help you get started:

Log in to access your Canvas space.

Enroll in Canvas 101, a self-paced course that introduces you to the most commonly used tools in Canvas. (NOTE: We recommend Mac users view the Canvas 101 course using Google Chrome.)

Request a Canvas Space to start with a blank space to get familiar with tools and features.

If you taught a Compass course between Fall 2019 and Spring 2021, your content will be automatically copied to Canvas. Follow our automatic content import guide to start working with your course content in Canvas.

If you want to explore Canvas using Compass course content older than Fall 2019, follow our manual content import guide.

Student Assessment - Illinois Compass 2g possesses built-in tools for the delivery of assignments, tests, and surveys, as well as self and peer assessment. Tests have 17 different question formats and instructors can benefit using statistical analysis of results. Assignments can be assessed anonymously and allow for individual or group submission of assignments.

Grading - Grading of tests is effortless with automatic grading of single-answer choices.  A number of tools permit dynamic feedback for papers and other assignments while delivery of grades to students is immediate. The Grade Center possesses powerful management tools and calculated columns that enhance the options for grading assignments.

Outside the Classroom - Discussion boards, blogs, group collaboration, and many more tools allow the learning experience to be expanded beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.  Students can respond to other students’ posts in the forums of a discussion board or easily collaborate with group members on a project using tools within Compass 2g. Grading is seamless for the instructor, and tools such as Announcements enable simplified communication outside of the classroom.

Online Courses -  Integration with tools such as Blackboard Collaborate make Illinois Compass 2g the anchor for online course delivery, acting as the portal for a virtual classroom and the means to course content delivery and assessmen


CITL's Instructional Support Team provides Canvas training and assistance, including helping to migrate existing courses


For Canvas technical support, contact the Technology Services Help Desk. Help Desk hours are:

  • Monday — Friday: 8 am — 9 pm CST
  • Saturday — Sunday: 12 pm — 5 pm CST

Contact the Help Desk at consult@illinois.eduor 217-244-7000