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Canvas at SLU

Canvas is the Learning Management System available to the Saint Louis University community at both the St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain campuses.

Canvas provides an online space for instructors to share course content, manage student work, and access tools that can support activities such as group work, class discussions, and student projects. Canvas also features Ally, a tool that allows students and instructors to make course materials more accessible.

Types of Courses in Canvas

Access your courses by clicking on the Canvas icon on the Tools tab of mySLU. Depending on your role at SLU and course enrollments, you may see two kinds of courses in Canvas:

  • Courses from Banner: All courses in the Banner catalog are automatically created in Canvas.
  • Courses not in Banner: Departments, programs, and instructors may have a need for a course or organization in Canvas that is not tied to a course in Banner. These courses can be used for course development, department/program orientation content, or other academic purposes. Faculty and staff can request a non-Banner course in Canvas by filling out this Google form. The request will be evaluated by the Provost's Office and if approved, the course will be added to Canvas.

Supported Browsers & Operating Systems

View the Canvas browser compatibility list to find an appropriately supported operating system/browser for your computer. Please note that other applications you may use, such as Panopto, may have different supported browsers.

Faculty Support

Faculty Canvas Support can be contacted at 314-977-4000 option 3. This number goes directly to Canvas support staff and is available 24/7.

Be aware that not all issues can be resolved over the phone and will be escalated to the ATC Team. Faculty can also email or visit The ATC team can provide individual technical training for faculty to explain the features and tools in Canvas.

Faculty can get help incorporating Canvas into a course from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Contact the Reinert Center at to discuss why and how best to use this or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals.

Student Support

Students can contact 314-977-4000 option 3 for assistance using Canvas.


Any downtime for maintenance will be communicated to the University community via Canvas Announcements.