Canvas: Mobile Applications (Apps) Functionality

Task: This article explains the application functionality of the Canvas on Apple and Android devices.


Basic Functions

For General Use:

The Canvas app allows you to access your USNH Canvas courses from your tablet or mobile device.  There are 2 Canvas apps; one for students and one for teachers.  The teacher Canvas app allows teachers to grade assessments.

Once the Canvas application is opened, students and instructors will get a menu to access courses, calendar, to-do, notification, and message menus.  Users are able to view their assignments and course announcements in the courses menu.  Users can only view their calendar events, but cannot edit or change them in the calendar tab.  The to-do tab will allow users to see a list of assignments.  Similar to the calendar, this to-do list list is specifically for your Canvas course related content.  The notifications tab lets users know if any new material has been made.  The message tab allows for the reception of messages sent by the instructors or other students.

Application Limitations:

The Canvas app is unable to accept assignments for submission. Additionally, the Instructor Mobile app includes the SpeedGrader app for instructors to grade assignments. 

Additional Applications That Improve Canvas Functions

Speed Grader:

The Canvas Instructor mobile app includes the option to use the SpeedGrader tool to help grade from tablets.  Instructors can use the Instructor mobile app to use SpeedGrader on iOS tablets (iPads) and all Android devices.

Relevant Canvas Guides

Will Canvas Work on my Mobile Device?

How do I view assignment submissions in the Mobile app?

Canvas Mobile App Guides


Teacher iOS Guide


Teacher Android Guide


Users will be able to understand the functionality of the Canvas application on mobile devices.

Need additional help?

Please use this link to the Technology Help Desk to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request.  

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Fri 7/19/19 5:25 PM
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Applicable Institution(s):
Keene State College (KSC)
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