Requesting Your Canvas Site

Overview

Instructors can request Canvas sites in the Course Request Form by following these instructions. If you are a TA or staff who must request a Canvas site on behalf of an instructor, please see these instructions.

Requesting a Canvas Site

Follow these instructions if you are requesting a Canvas site for yourself.

Getting Started

  • Go to the Course Request Form at and log in with your PennKey and password.
  • Your homepage will display any sites you have requested as well as your existing course sites. The courses for which you can request Canvas sites will be listed in the “Courses” section of the homepage.  To request a Canvas site, click on a course’s section number under “Courses.”

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Example Course Request Form homepage with section number identified for making a site request.

  • On the next screen, you can specify whether you would like to access content from an old Canvas course site and be able to add it to your new Canvas site. You also can change the course title as it displays in Canvas, request to have sections broken out in the site (if any have been established for your course), request electronic reserve service, and provide additional information.

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Example site request page with settings and button explanation.

  • You can choose Submit Request to finish the process or click Update Queue to return to the homepage to add another site to the request.

Example of the page where one submits a site request for processing,

What to Do If You Don’t See Your Course in the Course Request Form

If you are new to Penn, or if you were assigned to teach a course near the start of the semester, you might not see your course(s) listed in the Course Request Form when you log in. When this happens, please email the following information to canvas@pobox.upenn.edu:

  • Your PennKey username (NOT your password), your email address, and your full name
  • The full name and course ID for the site for each course that needs a Canvas site (e.g., Intro. to History, HIST 101-001 2018C)
  • Do you want content copied into the new Canvas site from another Canvas site? If so, please give the full name and course ID of the site from which you want content copied (e.g., Intro. to History, HIST 101-001 2017C). If you are requesting to have content copied from another instructor’s site, they will need to contact Courseware Support to give their permission for this copy before we can proceed.