In a browser window, enter the Canvas registration URL: silverlakemustangs.instructure.com

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How do I sign up for a Canvas account as a Parent?

Parents (Observers) can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see

assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. If an institution that is a Canvas client wants parents to observe a student via linked accounts, that institution must create user accounts for parents or guardians, or they will provide self-registration on their Canvas URL login page.

Remember, Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.

Notes:

• Observers will create a Canvas account using the institution's Canvas URL. These steps are relevant to any institution that allows the self-registration banner on their Canvas URL login page.

• To observe a student, you must know the student's Canvas username and password.

• The student must be enrolled in the course and must accept the course invitation before you can sign up to observe the student. If you receive an invalid username or password message during the signup process and the student's credentials are correct, check with the student to verify that he or she has received and accepted the course invitation.

• These steps must be completed through the web version of Canvas. The observer signup process cannot be done through the mobile app.

Open Canvas URL

In a browser window, enter the Canvas registration URL:

silverlakemustangs.instructure.com

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Click to Register

Click the Need a Canvas Account? Click Here, It's Free! link.

Note: If you already have a Canvas account, and you are linked to the other user, just log in with your credentials.

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Sign Up As a Parent (Free Account)

Click the Parents sign up here link.

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Enter Contact Information (Free Account)

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Enter the following information:

1. Enter your name in the name field.

2. Enter your email in the email field.

3. Enter your child's username in the child's username field.

4. Enter your child's password in the child's password field.

5. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use check box.

6. Click the Start Participating button.

Use Canvas

While your account is not entirely set up, you can begin participating in Canvas immediately by clicking the Get Started button.

To finish registering for Canvas, log into your email account.

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Complete Registration Process

Open the email from Instructure Canvas. Click the link provided to visit the provided URL and complete the registration process.

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Register for a Parent Account

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To complete the registration process fill out the following fields:

1. Verify your email in the login field.

2. Set your password by typing in the password field.

3. Set your timezone by selecting the time zone drop-down menu.

4. Click the Register button. You will be redirected to the Canvas URL login page for your account.

View User Dashboard

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View the user dashboard for your Canvas account.

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View Course

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How do I link to another student as an Observer?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

If you signed up for a Canvas account as a parent and linked yourself to a student, you can add additional students to observe within the same institution.

Notes:

• You cannot add students whose accounts are not within the same institution (Canvas URL) as yours. To observe students in another institution, you must sign up for an account using that institution's Canvas URL.

• The Observing page does not display names for student accounts added by the institution via SIS import.

Open User Settings

In the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Open User Settings in Canvas UI

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Open Observing

In User Navigation, click the Observing link.

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Add Student

In the Username [1] and Password [2] fields, enter the student's username and password.

Click the Add Student button [3].

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View Student

View the new student you are observing.

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How do I set my Notification Preferences?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences for your account. However, you can set your own Canvas notification preferences that connect with your linked web services and other contact methods in in your Profile and User Settings.

Notes:

• These settings apply to all of your courses; you cannot change settings for individual courses.

• The Canvas by Instructure Android app supports setting notification preferences. However, setting preferences inside the app will override preferences in the browser version of Canvas, and some preferences are not supported. Learn about setting preferences in the Canvas app for Android phones and Android tablets.

Open User Settings

In the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Open Notifications in New Canvas UI

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If you are using the New Canvas User Interface (UI), in Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Notifications link [2].

Open Notifications

You can view and set notification preferences within your course. In User Navigation menu, click the Notifications link.

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Edit Notification Preferences

To change a notification for a contact method, hover over the notification type you want to change. Select one of four options.

7. Select the Check mark icon to be notified immediately of any change for the activity.

8. Select the Clock icon to be notified daily of any change for the activity.

9. Select the Calendar icon to be notified weekly of any change for the activity.

10. Select the X icon to remove the notification preference so you won't be notified of any change for the activity.

Note: Each set notification preference will automatically apply to all of your courses. They cannot be set individually.  

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