Penn GSE Canvas Access Policies and Procedures

Canvas at GSE

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Access To Canvas

All users must have an active PennKey to access Canvas. GSE Canvas accounts will be provisioned automatically for students, instructors and TAs enrolled in GSE Courses that have been created on Canvas. Please note that course sites are not automatically created on Canvas. Instructors should request Canvas course sites using our online form:

Adding Users to Courses

Students and student auditors are added to Canvas courses through SRS. These enrollments are updated once every 24 hours. If you discover that students are not being added properly or enrollments are missing, please contact GSE IT at If you would like to add a student auditing your course to your Canvas site, they will need to register as auditors in Penn-In-Touch. For more information, contact the GSE Registrar, Ramón Monrás-Sender, at

Instructors, Co-Instructors and TAs are also automatically enrolled in Canvas by their registration as instructors or TAs in the University's student record system. These enrollments are updated once every 24 hours. If you would like to add an instructor or TA to your course, contact the GSE Registrar, Ramón Monrás-Sender, at

Individuals who are not officially enrolled in a course can be added to courses as Observers by contacting GSE IT at The following is a list of what an Observer role can do in Canvas:

  • Observers can see a list of Assignments due and click on their titles, but cannot submit Assignments.
  • Observers can preview and download Files unless an Instructor has locked the file/folder.
  • Observers can download documents to their computer and see the edit history for any course Page.
  • Observers can see Quiz titles, but cannot take Quizzes.
  • Observers can post to course Discussions.
  • Observers can see how an Instructor has organized course content in Modules. They can also see the point values for individual assignments. Observers can click on any of these links, but they won't be able to submit Assignments, or take Quizzes.
  • Observers can see all Assignments due on the Calendar, filter the calendar view by the different courses they are enrolled in, view undated events and assignments, and even grab an iCal feed from the global Calendar.
  • Observers can only send messages to Instructors. They cannot send messages to Students in the course.
  • Observers will not be able to see the names of enrolled Students.


* More information about how to access other instances of Canvas at Penn can be found here: