Canvas is a web-based course management software that enables teaching, learning, and communicating on the Internet. To use Canvas, you need to know basic Internet browsing and email skills. Knowing how to download and upload files and understanding attachments is crucial. Be sure your machine meets the technical requirements listed on the right of this page.
Please contact James Vlisides, Educational Technologist, with any technical questions about using Canvas. 800-392-8554, ext. 176
How do I access Canvas?
Go to http://westernsem.instructure.com. Type in your user name and password, then click the Log On button to log in.
Windows XP (Home/Pro), Vista (Home/Bus), Windows 7 (Home/Pro), or Mac OS X 10.5.x and above.
Supported web browsers
PC: Firefox 7.0.x+, Google Chrome 10+, Internet Explorer 9+. Mac: Safari 4+, Firefox 7.0.x+, Google Chrome 10+
High Speed Internet (Cable, DSL, etc).
Wireless connection is available on campus. Wireless connection is available on campus. You will need an 802.11g/n type wireless card either internal or external on your laptop if you wish to use the Internet via your laptop while you are on campus. Otherwise, computers are available in the computer lab, library and student lounge
Computer Processor Speeds
There is no specific RAM or CPU speed requirement. However, as with any internet application, the slower the computer, the slower the pages and tools will load.
20 GB minimum, 50 GB recommended
Language courses such as Hebrew or Greek may require submitting recorded files. A head set with microphone is recommended.
Flash and Java Plug-ins: Embedded video and document preview may require Adobe Flash Player to view. Be sure to keep your version up to date. Java Runtime Environment: To use the "Conferences" feature in Canvas, a supported Java plug-in must be installed such as the free Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installation package. JRE versions 1.6x and higher are supported. Adobe Reader or Apple Preview: Many courses use PDF files to deliver content and can be viewed with Adobe Reader or Mac Apple Preview. Additional Media Players and Plugins: On occasion a course may use audio or video that requires a certain type of media player such as Quicktime, Windows Media Player or real Player. Some videos or content may also require the Microsoft Silverlight plugin (avail as free download).