Canvas Information and Help for Colorado Mountain College Faculty

This page is only intended to get faculty launched with Canvas. Looking for greater details and more information? The Office of Innovations’ blog on Canvas and other pedagogical tools in use at CMC offers an in-depth look. Visit that blog here.
Your first resource when you need help with using Canvas in general, or when you would like to learn how to use a Canvas feature is the Canvas Instructor Guide which contains extensive tutorials and explanations for teachers. If you are using a mobile device or tablet, please begin by consulting the Canvas Mobile Phone Instructor Guide.  For more general questions and “how-tos”, please consult the Canvas Instructor Guide or the Canvas Mobile Phone Instructor Guide. For tech support with Canvas, please contact the IT Department’s Service Desk. Faculty and staff can visit the Office of Innovations website to file common Canvas requests online. Online forms available there include the request for a sandbox course, the request to add or remove someone from your Canvas course, the request that your multiple Canvas courses be consolidated or “cross-listed”, and more.
 How do I log into Canvas for the first time—what will my username and password be?
How can I find my CMC ID Number for logging into Canvas? 
How do I learn to use Canvas?

How do I log into Canvas for the first time—what will my username and password be?

To log into Canvas, use your full 7 digit CMC ID number as your username. All zeroes must be included, even leading zeroes. Your default 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. 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 or the IT Department’s Service Desk.

How can I find my CMC ID Number for logging into Canvas?

Your CMC ID number is located on the top right corner of your printed Student Schedule. You 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; it will always be found on your paystubs from CMC if you work for CMC as an employee. 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.

How do I learn to use Canvas?

Please see our training calendar for faculty and staff. We recommend as well that you explore the Canvas Guides. Instructure also offers a free, open Canvas training course for instructors with videos that takes about 40 minutes to complete.