Canvas Help for Faculty

The Office of Teaching and Learning provides support for academic departments and faculty with Canvas and accompanying technologies through Instructional Support Technologists (IST), Instructional Designers, and the OTL Lab.

Getting Started in Canvas

Semester Start Checklist – Prepare your online content in Canvas each semester.

Semester Start and End Dates– Use this resource to set Canvas auto-fill dates when importing content each semester. You must be logged in to your UVU employee Microsoft account to access.

Canvas Skills for Faculty – Register for this online workshop to improve your Canvas skills.

Become Online or Livestream Certified – Visit our events page to register for the next cohort of Online Teaching Academy.

Canvas Tour for Students – A one-hour Canvas orientation for students to learn the basics of Canvas including practice opportunities. 


Fully accessible online and hybrid courses is OTL’s top priority, and we are prepared with the needed tools and expertise to assist faculty in meeting this standard.  Contact your department’s assigned IST for further information. 

Accessible Course Design

Contact Us: 

  • Mon-Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Closed Weekends, and Campus Holidays
  • Phone:  801-863-8255
  • Toll Free: 1-888-425-4412
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Canvas 24/7 Support:

Provided by Instructure

If an Instructure Support Agent is unable to successfully address your Canvas-related issue, your ticket will be resolved by the appropriate UVU support unit during regular business hours. 

Additional Technology Support

Exam Proctoring

Proctorio – Remote online proctoring tool.

Exam Proctoring – Student facing instructions for using Proctorio or setting up a live proctor.


Copyleaks - Copyleaks has a simple user interface that integrates seamlessly into the Canvas plagiarism framework instead of using an LTI tool. 


Make student learning visible with Portfolium by Canvas. Contact OTL Lab.


Add gaming elements such as progress bars and leader boards to courses. Contact OTL Lab.

Video Tutorials

It is strongly recommended that all faculty connect with students using the approved synchronous tool, Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is secure, easy to deploy, and supported for both faculty and students through the Service Desk and OTL. View our quick tutorials below to get started. Further support on using this tool to connect with students can be found by contacting our office.

UVU does not have official technology support or data sharing agreements for FERPA protections with any third-party conferencing software (such as Zoom, Hangouts, etc.). As well, there are major concerns that Canvas Conferences (Big Blue Button) will not scale properly and we do not recommend that you use it as a synchronous meeting tool with your students.

Faculty Videos

Student Videos

Tech Tutorials

Tips for Success