Canvas is WPI's learning management system. All courses in Workday are automatically given a blank Canvas course shell approximately 8 weeks before the beginning of a term.
Other departments, organizations, or project advisors may request Canvas sites through ATC's Canvas Request form:
Faculty Access to Course Sites
Faculty gain access to begin preparing their Canvas course when the course site is generated (8 weeks before term start) OR when they have been added in Workday by their department as the instructor on record. Faculty should please check their Teaching Worklet to confirm enrollment.
Faculty may view which Canvas courses they are enrolled in by checking Courses > All Courses. Courses are organized by Current, Future Enrollments, and Past Enrollments.
Faculty will retain access to a course site for the length of WPI's current content retention policy (6 years). Courses from past terms will be found under "Past Enrollments" in Courses > All Courses.
If another faculty member requires access to a colleague's course site, whether it be active or closed, ATC must have written permission from the owner to grant access.
Student Access to Course Sites
Students may view which Canvas courses they are enrolled in by checking Courses > All Courses. Courses are organized by Current, Future Enrollments, and Past Enrollments.
Active courses in the current term will open to students with read-only access (if Published) 3 days before the start of term, and remain open for 2 weeks at the close of the term.
If a student is waitlisted or otherwise un-enrolled from a course, their instructor may add them in Canvas under People with the role titled "Manually Added Student" in order to give them access outside of Workday. However, this is not in place of a traditional registration via Workday- the instructor should still ensure that the student is enrolled properly to receive credit for the course.
By default, a student will retain read-only access either until they graduate or otherwise leave WPI, or until the course site is removed at the close of WPI's content retention policy (6 years).
Past courses that students are still able to review in a read-only state are located in Courses > All Courses, under "Past Enrollments."
Please note: Faculty may restrict whether students may gain access to Future or Past Enrollments in the settings of their course.
If a student requires access to a closed course site, they must request written permission from the instructor to gain access.