Canvas for students

Canvas is the new virtual learning environment that will replace the University’s current VLE WebLearn for teaching and learning at Oxford.

WebLearn is still being used on many programmes of study at the University. You may be using it on other courses at Oxford. Your department(s) will let you know if you are using Canvas.

Easy to use

Canvas is easy and intuitive to use. Depending on how your academic has set it up, you can use it to: 

  • access your course materials
  • get feedback on your work
  • start discussions and collaborate with other students or academics
  • access your reading lists where available

Supporting your use of Canvas

You can get help with Canvas 24/7, 365 days a year. Once you are logged in, just click on the ‘Help’ button on the Global Navigation menu for more information. 

Log into Canvas

Take a look at our YouTube channel, where you can find a playlist of videos to get you up to speed.   

Don’t forget to download the Canvas Student app for Android or iOS devices to access your courses on the go!

Please note: if you need help with your course, contact your academic or course administrator.

Tell us what you think about Canvas  

Contact us at if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to share your thoughts on Canvas.


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Canvas is a virtual learning environment (VLE) delivered by Instructure, an educational technology company founded in 2008 and based in the United States. Canvas, which was launched in 2011, is used in more than 50 countries by over 20 million students. The software is intuitive and easy to use, scalable and secure.

As a student, you will find Canvas intuitive and easy to use. We also recommend that you download the mobile app for students. You can then view materials, contribute to discussions and send emails and more from your mobile device. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

It is not possible to opt out of Canvas if teaching activity is being delivered through the VLE. If you have any questions or queries about how Canvas works, or are having any problems with the VLE, please do speak to your tutor.

You can find out more about Canvas by going to their official website.

Student guide to using Canvas

This guide will help familiarise you with some of the basic information you will need to get up and running in Canvas. Please login to Canvas using your SSO.


Contact us

For general questions and information about Canvas, please contact the project team.



Technical support

If you need technical support related to Canvas, please follow the link below.