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Welcome to the Harvard Guide to Using Canvas!


Canvas is a core component of Harvard's continually evolving set of tools for teaching, learning, and research. As an open source platform, Canvas is extensible, which means faculty can build and add tools to their course site to more specifically meet their particular pedagogical needs, and administration can build and add tools specific to Harvard systems.

This site will help faculty, staff, and students to learn about the tools and customizations within Canvas that are specific to Harvard.


Please visit the Workshops and Online Resources page for information about resources available to you as a Canvas user.

Tip: If you cannot locate what you're looking for, try using the search bar to the left of the page, and if there's any missing documentation that you'd like to see, contact

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