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Canvas Help

What is Canvas?

Canvas is the online tool that CPTC uses to support your online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses.  Use Canvas to view course content, such as course syllabus and handouts, submit assignments, view grades, or participate in online discussions, and take online exams and quizzes.

Students in an online, hybrid or web-enhanced class should have the basic ability to:

  • access and navigate websites
  • download and upload files
  • send attachments
  • save and upload files in word processing formats (.doc, or .docx) or other course appropriate formats
  • copy and paste text from files on a computer to text boxes within a web browser

Students in an online, hybrid, or enhanced class should have reliable access to:

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Internet

The Computer Lab in The Learning Resource Center (Building 15) has these resources, to help you complete your coursework.

How to Log In

To log into Canvas, go to the CPTC Canvas login page, at

Canvas will always use your Student ID number as your username.  The default password is the first 8 letters of your last name, all in small letters.  If your last name contains fewer than 8 letters, repeat those letters until you have 8. For example, if your last name is Reed the password would be reedreed.

Using Lockdown Browser

Some instructors will require the use of a special web browser for taking tests at home.  If your instructor requires Lockdown Browser, click on Respondus Lockdown Browser to download and install it on your computer. Lockdown Browser is also installed on computers in the Learning Resource Center, for your use.

How to Start Canvas - PDF Guides


For assistance with Canvas, Lockdown Browser and other online learning questions, contact: