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Nashville: Canvas

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What is Canvas?

Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) to access your hybrid or fully online classes.  It's simple to set up and requires that you have first set up your campus email through Office365.

How Do I Access Canvas?

Set-up Canvas

Make sure your school email is still open, you’ll need it in a further step!

  1. Go to (using either Google Chrome or Firefox browsers)

  1. At the logon page, select “Forgot Password.”

  1. Type in your complete Fortis Email Address (ex:

  1. Click “Send.”

  1. You should get a green check mark at the top of the screen if your attempt was successful!  (This process could take up to 30 minutes to complete.)

  1. Return to your student email in Office 365 and look for an email from  Within that email is a link that you should click on to open a new tab.  (Be sure to check your junk mail folder.)

  1. The link should open Canvas up again to create your password.  It must contain a capital letter, a lowercase letter, a number and a symbol – being at least 8 characters long. Type it twice, then click “Update Password.”

  1. Then you will be able to go back to the main screen and log in to Canvas!

  1. Please note, when you enter Canvas before the first day of class, there will not be any classes that populate on your Dashboard.  Please wait until Monday morning, around 7:00am for your class(es) to appear!

If you have any trouble, consider submitting a help ticket through the Student Technology Link:

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