What is Canvas?

Canvas is the learning management system (LMS) used by Penn LPS Online. 


All Penn LPS Online courses will have a site on the University of Pennsylvania's Canvas learning management system.  Canvas will be a key piece of your program experience and might include the syllabus, weekly or topical modules, as well as important interaction and discussion with your peers, TA, and professor. 


Logging In

Navigate to  https://canvas.upenn.edu , and log in with your Pennkey and Pennkey password. 


Important: You will not be able to log into canvas without your pennkey and password. Your pennkey is all lowercase letters, e.g. bfranklin.


Please see if your PennKey username and password work when you use the "Test my PennKey and password" tool on this page:
 
Test My PennKey

If you are unable to authenticate through this tool, then you should proceed with resetting your password under the "Reset a Forgotten/Change a PennKey Password" because you are not entering the correct username/password. 

If you need help with changing your PennKey password, please contact PennKey Support



Canvas Features

  • Powerful online assignment collection: you can turn in files, fill out forms, or even submit Google Docs
  • Built-in tools for audio and video recording, media import and podcast distribution
  • Real-time collaboration features for document editing, chat and web conferencing
  • Notification options: be notified of announcements appointments, and course changes by text message, Facebook, or Twitter.


Top 5 Things Students Should Know About Canvas

1. Set up your Canvas Profile

2. Learn about the Canvas To Do list, the Canvas Calendar and How important Canvas Notifications are

3. Canvas Quiz requirements 

4. Learn how to export Canvas course content for offline viewing 

5. Course access after the semester ends


For a complete guide to Canvas, please refer to Canvas Community's Student Guide.