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Canvas is the University's Virtual Learning Environment, a key digital tool to support our Hybrid Active Learning approach, being a home for teaching materials, activities, collaboration and assessment.

Canvas has a wide array of features and integrated tools that can be used to flexibly deliver rich, innovative and highly active learning experiences.

Accessing Canvas

The direct login link to Canvas is: (buttons also appear within the Student and Staff Intranet).

If prompted to log in, enter your username in the format e.g. and then your MWS password (both for staff or students), and then follow the Duo authentication instructions.

Dedicated mobile apps

There are dedicated apps for students and teachers, bringing enhancements such as course notifications to help you stay up to date and plan your teaching and learning, grade or provide feedback on assignments, and monitor or take part in activities whilst being on the move.

Go to the Play Store (Android) or App Store (Apple) and search for ‘Canvas Teacher’ and/or ‘Canvas Student’. Once installed use the ‘Find my school’ button to search for ‘University of Liverpool’, and then login with your details as above. The app should then stay logged in.

Where to get help?

Use the links below based upon your needs:

  • For technical support with Canvas, please use either the 24/7 Live Chat, messaging or telephone contacts through the ‘?’ Button inside the Canvas environment.
  • For any other technical issues around Canvas and associated tools, including log in problems, please contact IT (
  • For support to develop your ideas for use of Canvas and associated tools within your learning design, please contact CIE’s Digital Education team (

Where to expand your practice?

Resources to help you learn the basics or expand your practice with Canvas

  • Canvas Help for Staff is the ideal starting place for University staff to learn the basics through self-paced training materials, covering Canvas and integrated tools, including exemplars and an FAQ section.
  • Canvas Help for Students course is available for all students to pick up on the essentials of using Canvas. Schools and programmes may supplement this through their own resources or induction activities.
  • The Centre for Innovation in Education hold Canvas ‘Bootcamps’ three times a year to coincide with the academic lifecycle, these are ideal for new staff or those who prefer to learn through workshops. Dates for Bootcamps will be advertised on the CIE Workshops
  • If you are interested in developing your approach to hybrid teaching, then CIE has collated a range of case studies and example methods to help guide you as to which features you may consider using when developing your approach. All staff at the University are enrolled and have access to this Canvas course: Hybrid Active Learning Support.
  • CIE also facilitate the Canvas Connect Microsoft Team which serves as an online community of practice with over 500 members of university staff, with various topics of discussion, a great place to get ideas and help from other users and a programme of ‘Canvas & Coffee’ drop-in events. The space is free to join using the link above.
  • In addition, a wealth of guides are available on the Instructure Community website.

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