Canvas for Students

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What is Canvas? 
Canvas is the Learning Management System that Rider University uses for learning and teaching. Canvas enables professors to provide students access to course materials, communication tools, online assessments and grades, as well as the ability to submit assignments electronically.

While the Canvas Courses tab shows you all of the courses in which you are enrolled for a semester, not all professors may be using Canvas for your class. Contact your professor to see if Canvas will be used.  If information is not available in MyRider about the faculty assigned to teach your course, you will not see the course in Canvas.

How do I login to Canvas?
You can access Canvas by going to and logging in using your RIDER KEY id. You’ll find a list of the courses that you are enrolled in under the “Courses” or "Courses & Groups" tab, along with any groups of which you are a member.

Why can’t I access all of the courses I'm registered for listed in Canvas?
Canvas course sites are not accessible to students until the site is made available or "published" by the instructor, so it is normal to not see all courses listed in Canvas. If a professor asks you to access a Canvas course but it is not listed in your My Courses list, check to see if the course has been published yet. If the instructor has published the course, ask your instructor to check if you are on the roster.

Why can't I see a course I registered for in Canvas?
In order to view your course in Canvas, two things must happen: 

  • You must be officially enrolled in the course. 
  • If you have recently registered for the course, please allow up to twelve hours for your enrollment to be added to Canvas.

My course list doesn't show all of my courses! How do I access them?
Canvas displays up to 12 courses in the Courses drop-down menu. Once users have more than 12 courses, they may customize the drop-down menu to choose which courses will display. View a tutorial on how to customize the drop-down menu. After a semester ends, your courses from that semester will be retired from your course list. Also, if you're involved in many courses at once during a semester, you may not see all of your courses on your course list. In any case, you can always access all of your courses, past and present. Click on your course list and when that dropdown list pops open, look for the text at lower right that says “View all courses.” Click on that text and you'll be taken to a new screen which will list all of your courses, past and present alike. Click on a course's name to enter it.

Will Canvas work on my mobile device?
Most features Canvas are supported on mobile devices. You can access Canvas on your mobile device through any mobile browser. However, mobile browsers are not officially supported.  Instructure recommends using Canvas mobile applications for an improved user experience. 

Canvas by Instructure. This app is free and supports both iOS 7.0+ and Android 4.0+ devices. Depending on your device, not all Canvas features may be available on the app at this time.  

Where can I get help? 

Canvas is accessible via:

Canvas Mobile Apps: iOS | Android

Please download Canvas Mobile in the iTunes or the Google Play store.

Note: When you open the app, you MUST use the following URL for Rider: