Saint Mary’s is moving to Canvas

Welcome to Canvas, the learning management system of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

What Is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that supports learning and teaching in all modalities whether it is in-person, hybrid, or online. It allows instructors and professors to post grades, information, and assignments online. Furthermore, students can collaborate on assignments and projects using a variety of tools in and out of the classroom. Canvas is an LMS that is being used by universities and colleges all over the world.

Canvas provides the tools to support online learning in a variety of ways. This can range from structured learning pathways to dynamic, interactive virtual classrooms. How a course is presented online depends on the content and complexity of the learning material, and the delivery methodology used by the instructor.

As with any classroom, it is a changing environment – expect each module to apply different tools and techniques. Join in, ask questions, and participate as you would in any classroom.

How to log into Canvas at Saint Mary’s?

  1. Go to to access Canvas.
  2. Login with your Saint Mary’s username and password.
    • Just use your username, not full email address. Log into the Student Portal if you need to find your Saint Mary’s username or reset your password.

How do I learn the features of Canvas?

Information on how to use the features of Canvas can be found in Canvas Pick Up & Play: An Interactive Self Guide. This is available when you first log into Canvas and is found on the Dashboard, along with your future courses.

Check out the Saint Mary’s Support Resources by clicking this link (no login required).

Is there a video tutorial for navigating Canvas?

Yes!, this short introductory video shows how to login and navigate Canvas. If you have any questions or need support accessing Canvas, please contact the helpdesk at