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Canvas is Pitt State's Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is available both through your web browser and as a mobile app. To access Canvas go to the GUS Portal.  Below you will find informational resources on both Canvas and the many tools integrated within Canvas like: Respondus, Turnitin, Vidgrid, Zoom and more!

  • Technical Requirements for Using Canvas
  • Will Canvas work on my mobile device?
  • Logging in to Canvas
  • Assistance and Training for Students: Canvas, Zoom, Respondus, Turnitin, and more!
  • Assistance and Training for Faculty: Canvas, Zoom, Vidgrid, Respondus, Turnitin, and more!

You can use Canvas on Windows, Mac & Linux.  Below are current recommendations from Canvas for computer specifications and supported browsers:


What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?

Which browsers does Canvas support?

You can access Canvas from any browser on your iOS or Android device. However, for the best user experience, you should view Canvas via the mobile app for your device. Mobile browsers are not supported by Canvas.

The login for Canvas can be found on the GUS Portal. Click on the Canvas icon and log in with your PSU credentials.

Students can become familiar with the basic functions of Canvas through the Canvas 101 Tutorial for Students. This link will require you to log into Canvas. Students who have reviewed the tutorial but need additional assistance can contact the Gorilla Geeks ( to schedule a time for personalized help.

Please note that instructors have great flexibility in the design and setup of each course in Canvas. Some instructors may choose not to use Canvas. Therefore, students may not find every course they are enrolled in available in the Canvas course list. Each instructor can determine the program features and organization of their courses.

Also, instructors are able to select when courses will become available in Canvas. Even though students have enrolled, the courses will not be visible to students until the instructors “publish” the courses.

Student Resources for Technology Tools in Canvas:

Respondus Monitor
Student Quick Start Guide for Canvas
An Overview for Students (video: 2 minutes)

Canvas Plagiarism Framework for Students

Student Tips for Participating in Online Learning

Pitt State faculty support for Canvas can be access by following these steps:
1. Log into Canvas
2. Click on the Help icon at the bottom of the global navigation
3. Select, “Faculty Support” from the Help menu
This landing page includes contact information for Canvas support by college as well as a link to a Faculty Resources course. This course includes training and support materials for technology tools integrated inside of Canvas (DesignPLUS, Respondus LDB and Monitor, Turnitin, VidGrid, and Zoom.)

In addition to information located in Canvas, support and training options are also available from certain vendors.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
Live Instructor Training: LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
LockDown Browser Resources
Respondus Monitor Resources
Technical Support

Canvas Plagiarism Framework for Teachers
System Status
Support Center

How to Use VidGrid
Contact VidGrid Support

Zoom Help Center
Live Training
Recorded Training
Zoom Meetings for Education Training

For even more information please visit the Center for Teaching and Learning's website focused on Canvas support and resources for PSU Faculty.