Service Description 

Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) developed by Instructure, Inc. Canvas provides a set of tools for teaching and learning allowing faculty to manage instructional workflows, communicate class requirements, share documents, manage assignments, assess student performance, distribute grades, support course collaboration and discussions. Canvas also offers the ability to integrate with many external tools. Canvas courses are linked to official U-M course rosters so course site access is automatically managed based on course enrollment.


Canvas is a university contracted-for service covered by the university’s agreement with Unizin. Canvas provides a secure environment in which to maintain or share share the university's sensitive unregulated data, as well as some—but not all—types of sensitive regulated data. All Canvas user data is stored in Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers.

Additional Resources 

Canvas at Michigan: Piloting a New Learning Management System. Provides news, support materials, event information, and feature changes related to using Canvas at the University of Michigan.