Instructor tutorial on adding students

Adding students to your course in Canvas

This tutorial will guide you through the steps necessary to manually add students to your Canvas site so that they have access to course materials.

Note: This step can only be completed if students completed Assignment Zero at least 24 hours prior.

  1. Use your IU credentials to log into
  2. Open the Canvas site for your current IU section.
  3. Click on heading titled "People" located on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. Click on the "+People" button. An "Add People" action box will appear.
  5. Important: Change "Add users by" to "Login ID".
  6. Enter student IU usernames (not email addresses!) separating each with a comma or a line break.

    Important: Make sure "Role" is set to "Instructor Added Student".

    Note: This step prevents students from automatic removal when the system does periodic maintenance to Canvas sites.
  7. Click "Next".
  8. Students" names to be added will appear in the following box.
  9. Click "Add Users".
  10. Once added, students are able to accept the invitation to your course site by logging into and accepting the invitation from the top of their Canvas dashboard.

  • Be sure your site has been Published! Students will not see the invitation to access the site until it is published.
  • To do so, navigate to the course’s main page then select "Publish" under Course Status.
  • If the system is unable to find a student’s IU username after a 24 hour period, please let us know and we will verify whether the student may need to go back in to try again.