Canvas is AUT’s web-based learning environment where you can access learning materials while you're studying at AUT, including lecture slides, course readings, assessments, grades and contact details of your academic team all in one place.

Once you’ve enrolled into your courses for the semester, they will be accessible online in Canvas, 7 days before the semester start date.

You will have full access to your currently enrolled courses in Canvas throughout the semester, as well as read-only access to your courses from the past two years. When you graduate or no longer have course enrolments with AUT, your access to Canvas will be disabled. Please download and save your course materials for your own reference.

Exploring Canvas

Canvas is intuitive and easy to use. If you're new to Canvas, check out some of these resources to help you get started.


The dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas.

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Account settings

Configure your profile, language, time zone, default email and notifications.

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Canvas calendar

The calendar is a great way to view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place.

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Choose the best way to communicate, depending on who you want to talk to.

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Canvas has accessibility features to make it easier for everyone to find their way round their courses.

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Course access

Learn how to access a typical Canvas course.

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Course calendar

Use the course calendar to see upcoming events and join online sessions.

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Course navigation

How to find all the content you need in Canvas.

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Viewing assessments

Where to go to find assessments in Canvas.

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Submitting assessments

How to submit assessments and which file types are supported.

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Grades and feedback

How to view grades and feedback on your assessments.

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Watch: video guide to your most frequently asked questions

Using Canvas in a web browser

  • Visit Canvas in a web browser
  • For best performance, we recommend you use the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari. (Browser and computer requirements when viewing Canvas)
  • Log in using your AUT login details. Your login name and password for Canvas will be the same as the login you use for My AUT and to access AUT computers. (Reset your password if you've forgotten it)

Download the Canvas Student app

The Canvas Student app is a great way to keep up to date with activity in your courses. You'll find it in the Play Store or the Apple Store.

Once the app is installed:

  • Search for AUT
  • Log in using your AUT login details

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Getting help using Canvas

If you need help using Canvas, you can chat directly with Canvas Support through a 24/7 live chat. You’ll find this in the left-hand menu under ‘Help’ in Canvas.

Technical issues

If you have a technical issue with Canvas, log it with the ICT Service Desk.

Questions about your course

  • For issues or questions relating to your course, contact your lecturer
  • For enrolment issues, contact the programme administrator or faculty office