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The Canvas Learning Management System can be used to deliver instructional content, collaborate and communicate online, track and assess student work, as well as facilitate course administration.  Canvas serves as a powerful tool to all classroom types. From fully online courses, to hybrid classroom models such as blended and flipped classrooms, and traditional face-to-face classes, Canvas makes teaching and learning easier.

New to Canvas?

Visit the appropriate self-paced tutorial below for a tailored introduction to the Canvas Learning Management System. Each introductory course was created and is maintained by the Instructional Design and Development team here at UNC.

Assistant and Guest Enrollments

Only students that have officially registered and the Instructor of Record are automatically enrolled in a course in Canvas. The appropriate college’s Course Scheduler must individually approve each additional enrollment.

To request an assistant or guest enrollment, fill out the Canvas Non-Banner User Add Form by clicking the button below.

 Guest Enrollment request

Supplemental Shells

Supplemental shells are non-credit Canvas courses used to supplement a registered course or program. The primary instructor administers the shell, grants access and controls elevated permissions.
Supplemental Shell naming convention: Course Name_SUPP

Canvas Catalog shells are a type of Supplemental shell. Canvas Catalog shells allow users to self-register for the course through UNC's Canvas Catalog website.
Canvas Catalog shell naming convention: Program Name - Course Name_CATALOG

Student Club and Organization shells are used as online hub for content relevant to the respective Student Club or Organization. This shell type can be requested by a student with the approval of a faculty or staff sponsor/advisor. The moderator of this shell can add users during the current academic year. Students will retain access for up to four years from when they were added.
Student Club/Organization Shell naming convention: Club/Organization Name_STUD_AcademicYear

Developmental shells are used as the creative space for an instructor to design and test their course. This course will never have any student enrollments. The content from this shell can be copied to equivalent registered courses each semester. This shell will remain open indefinitely.
Developmental Shell naming convention: SUBJ101_DEV_Modality_Duration_Last Name of requester


Canvas Community

Access a repository of training materials aimed at helping you get the most out of the community.  Ask questions, share answers, browse tips & tricks, common FAQs, and community tutorials with step-by-step instructions.