Canvas Resources

First time users: get started with Canvas, your online class resource!

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?
I know my password–how do I change it or otherwise update my profile in Canvas?

Canvas by Instructure logo

Colorado Mountain College has been using Canvas by Instructure as its learning management system for all courses since the fall 2012 semester. CMC’s former Blackboard 8 system is no longer available online. Please contact the Office of Innovations, which maintains offline archives of all past CMC Blackboard courses, for assistance at (970) 947-8408 or

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.

Use these links to obtain important information on using Canvas:

  • Did you know Canvas is frequently updated? Click here to check on the latest changes to Canvas!
  • Is Canvas running normally? Click here to check!–this webpage by Instructure offers breaking news on Canvas, including outages and technical issues bulletins. You can also follow @canvassupport on Twitter for news.
  • Canvas Guides for Instructors and for Students – Consult the Canvas Guide first for all the answers to “how do I…?” type questions. Find detailed instructions, tutorials, videos, and more covering how to do just about everything in Canvas.
  • Student FAQ – Answers to common student questions that are specific to CMC, and links to the Canvas Student Guide and Canvas Mobile Phone Student Guide.
  • Faculty FAQ – This FAQ page is being phased out. Please consult our blog for information regarding common faculty questions about Canvas that are specific to CMC and for help with other technologies in use at CMC, such as Blackboard Collaborate, Respondus software products, and more. Faculty and staff can visit the Office of Innovations website to file common Canvas requests online. Online forms available here 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.
  • Canvas Help Center- Talk to the Canvas Community, give feedback on Canvas, request support, or browse the Canvas Guides.