Accessing Canvas

 How do I log into Canvas for the first time—what will my username and password be?
 What are my CMC ID Number / Password for logging into Canvas?
 How do I reset my password if I’ve lost or forgotten it?
How can I help my students find their CMC ID numbers so that they can log in to Canvas?
I know my password–how do I change it or otherwise update my profile in Canvas?


How do I log into Canvas for the first time–what will my username and password be?
Your Canvas username is your full 7 digit CMC ID number. All zeroes in your CMC ID number are required. Your default Canvas password will be cmc followed by the last 6 digits of your Social Security number, for example: cmc123456. Or, if you don’t have a Social Security number, your default password will be cmc, followed by the 2 digits of your birth month, followed by the 2 digits of your birthday, followed by the letters xx. So, for example, if your birthday is January 5, and you don’t have a Social Security number, your default password would be cmc0105xx. If you have no Social Security number and no birthdate in the system, your password will be a randomly generated number. You would need to contact the IT Department’s Service Desk at 970-947-8438 for assistance in that case.
Some
tips: the first time you log into Canvas, do not click on the “Reset Password” link, that is for users who have already logged in at least once, changed their password, and then forgot or lost their new password. Also, avoid typing or pasting in any spaces as you enter your username and password. Canvas will count those spaces as part of your username or password; so inputting your password plus a space counts as a different password.
Your Canvas account is automatically activated and available when you enroll in a course or teach for CMC; instructors automatically receive a Canvas course for each course they are teaching. Students are automatically added to Canvas courses when they register. Other CMC employees who need to use Canvas and aren’t sure that they have an active Canvas account or need special assistance, please contact the Office of Innovations in Teaching and Learning at innovations@coloradomtn.edu or the IT Department’s Service Desk.

What are my CMC ID Number / Password for logging into Canvas?
If you’re a student, your CMCID number is located on the top right corner of your printed Student Schedule. Students can also find it by logging into WebAdvisor, then clicking on the Students menu tab, then clicking on “Program Evaluation.” Your CMC ID number may be printed on your ID card.
If you are an employee of Colorado Mountain College, your CMC ID number may be on your ID card; it will always be found on your paystubs from CMC.
If you are a CMC instructor, you can provide your students with their CMC ID numbers by consulting your course roster in WebAdvisor. Finally, you can also contact your local campus or the IT Department’s Service Desk if you are still unable to locate your CMC ID number.
For logging into Canvas, your username is your full 7 digit CMC ID number as your username. All zeroes in your CMC ID number are required. Your default Canvas password will be cmc followed by the last 6 digits of your Social Security number, for example: cmc123456. Or, if you don’t have a Social Security number, your default password will be cmc, followed by the 2 digits of your birth month, followed by the 2 digits of your birthday, followed by the letters xx. So, for example, if your birthday is January 5, and you don’t have a Social Security number, your default password would be cmc0105xx. If you have no Social Security number and no birthdate in the system, your password will be a randomly generated number. You would need to contact the IT Department’s Service Desk for assistance in that case.

How can I help my students find their CMC ID numbers so that they can log in to Canvas?
Students, like instructors and staff, must use their full 7 digit CMC ID numbers as their “username” for logging in to Canvas. If you are a CMC instructor teaching a current course and your registered students are not sure what their CMC ID numbers are, you can direct them here, or you can consult your course roster in WebAdvisor or in your Canvas course’s People section as those rosters will list the CMC ID numbers of your students.

How do I reset my password if I’ve lost or forgotten it?
Here’s what to do if you’ve previously logged in to Canvas successfully and changed your password so that it’s no longer the default password. (Just as a reminder, your default Canvas password is usually the letters cmc followed by the last 6 digits of your Social Security number.) If in this case you lose or forget your password, then click on the “Reset password” link on CMC’s log-in page for Canvas. Instructions for resetting your password will be emailed to the principal email address in your Canvas account.
I know my password–how do I change it?
This tutorial explains how to change your Canvas password, if you know what it is and can log into Canvas. 
In addition, did you know that by clicking on the link with your name in the upper-right corner of the Canvas interface once you’ve logged in, you can do all of the following?

  • change your display name
  • add a profile photo
  • adjust Notification preferences–what kinds of activities in Canvas will prompt it to send you messages, and how you prefer to receive those messages
  • upload files
  • create ePortfolios
  • input or change phone numbers, email addresses, social media information, notification preferences, and other profile information in Canvas. Please note: your principal email address will remain your CMC email address. Changes made to your principal email address in your Canvas profile will be overridden by the system. You can add a secondary email address to your profile.
  • You can link your accounts from Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google, LinkedIn, Diigo, and Delicious to Canvas, and you can choose to receive alerts on your cell phone from Canvas too! This video tutorial demonstrates how to customize the Notifications you receive from Canvas.