Canvas - Student Information

Canvas Guide for Students


How do I log into Canvas?

Go to the Rhodes State College home page and select Canvas Login Page from the Quick Links drop down menu. Once you open this link, you will type in the same username and password you use for any other college system.

What are the suggested browsers for Canvas?

Canvas supports the two most recent versions of the following desktop and mobile browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Internet Explorer

We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whichever browser you are using. Please go to the following link for further information on the browsers and additional components:

What are the recommended computer specifications for Canvas?

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements. Click on the following link to review the computer specifications:

How do I navigate a Canvas course?

Once you log into Canvas, you will see the Global Navigation bar located at the top of the screen. From here, select Courses and chose the course you wish to navigate. Once you are in your course, the course side menu, located at the left of your screen, will help you navigate the course. Your instructor will also have their contact information, the Module list and the help desk information located on each home page for each course.

How do I submit an Assignment in Canvas?

If your instructor has asked for a document submission of an assignment, you will go to that assignment drop box located in the Module you are working in. Go to Submit Assignment located at the top right hand part of your screen and then find the document you wish to submit.

How do I reply to a Discussion post?

You may find your Discussion topic in a module or by clicking the course left-side menu. Click on the Discussion topic and after reading the initial post, click on Reply and type your response in the text box. Once you are finished with your reply, click on Post Reply.

Where are my grades?

All you need to do is go to the course menu located on the left hand side of your screen and click on Grades. This will show you the grades for that particular course. If you want to see the grades for all of your courses, go to the Global Navigation menu, located at the top of your screen, and click on Grades.

How do I message my instructor in Canvas?

Go to the Inbox tab located on the top right of your screen. Click on the pencil in a box icon, or Compose Message, and then select the course, enter the name of the person you wish to send your message to, type your message and then click on Send.

Where may I find additional help with Canvas?

You may click on the Help link located at the top right hand side on your course, or you may contact the Center for Distance and Innovative Learning at