Instructure Canvas is the university’s learning management system, or LMS. The cloud-based software is commonly referred to as Canvas. Delta State adopted the Canvas platform in Summer 2013. It is the virtual space where instructors place course content for online delivery.

Canvas is the LMS of choice at a diversity of higher education institutions across the country including Michigan, Baylor, Harvard, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Penn State. Whether a Delta State course is fully online, blended, or face-to-face, the tools in Canvas are well-suited to enhance teaching and support learning needs.

Before You Begin

Check your browser. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Canvas will support the last two versions of every browser release. The Office of Information Technology strongly recommends that you use the latest version of the Mozilla Firefox browser for best results. You will also need the latest version of Flash to record and view multimedia files.

OIT strongly advises against using Chrome and Edge to access Canvas.

To check your browser and Flash, visit WhatIsMyBrowser.com for an immediate system analysis.

Internet Connection

You will also need reliable access to internet whether using a personal computer or mobile device. DSL will work, but broadband connections are preferred.

Logging In

To begin using Canvas, visit https://deltastate.instructure.com and enter your DSU ID and password. Then click the Log In button to enter Canvas.

Accessing Courses

Courses are available under the Courses menu inside Canvas. The menu will hold current semester courses and/or those courses that have been favorited by the user. Instructors may locate past and future courses by clicking the View All Courses button.

For Students

You may access additional Canvas resources, tutorial videos, and tools specifically for you on the Canvas Student Support Page.

For Instructors

You may access additional Canvas resources specifically for your use as well as view the latest updates on the Canvas Instructional Support Page.

Go Mobile with Canvas App

The free Canvas app puts course content at your fingertips. With the app you can access course files, view activity, and participate in assignments. The app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows’ users. To download the app for your device, you will need to know the Canvas URL for Delta State. Click the buttons below to get the app today!

The Canvas URL for our university is: deltastate.instructure.com

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If you need assistance with Canvas, we offer 24-7 IT service and may be contacted in three ways:

1. Email us at: helpdesk@deltastate.edu

2. Call us at 662-846-4444 or toll free at 866-264-1465

3. Use the Help Button inside Canvas to select OIT Help Desk Online and complete a Service Now ticket