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In a major initiative to improve student success and provide students and faculty with resilient and flexible tools to teach, learn and communicate, Virginia’s Community Colleges will begin using Canvas as the online Learning Management System in its courses. VCCS colleges from across the Commonwealth spent 18 months reviewing learning management system proposals, resulting in the selection of Canvas as the new LMS that would best meet student and faculty needs. Canvas, created by Instructure, is used by more than 3,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world.

The Canvas LMS offers NOVA students new ways to engage with faculty, with course materials and with each other. You can access Canvas simply by logging in to MyNOVA

Below are a series of resources that will allow you to explore Canvas and learn more about its tools and features.

Pro Tips

  • Go to HELP in the Canvas GLOBAL NAVIGATION for all the support resources you need, including direct phone, chat, and email support.

    Canvas Help menu icon

CANVAS Student Guide

CANVAS Mobile App

Get CANVAS from the App Store     Get CANVAS from Google Play


Canvas has many features to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities, details are available here.