Canvas WOU – wou.edu LMS Guide for Students

Canvas is Western Oregon University (WOU) learning management system. It provides an intuitive design, modern interface, and enhanced communication tools that will strengthen our ability to deliver engaging, high-quality learning experiences for WOU students.



Canvas Learning Management System is one of the amazing learning resources of the University and the students can access it frequently throughout their courses to:

  • Submit assignments.
  • Access learning resources including reading lists and course work.
  • Access your timetable.
  • Participate in learning activities.
  • Communicate with other students and lecturers.
  • Receive feedback and marks.

To use WOU Canvas, you will need:

  • Valid WOU ID and Login Credentials
  • Computer or Smartphone with Internet Access Capability
  • Email invitation from your instructor.

Canvas WOU Student Login

To login to your Canvas account as a student, WOU will email your login information. If you have used your institution Canvas before you will most likely already have a Canvas account and need to only accept a course invitation to log in. 

To login to your Canvas dashboard:

1. Type in URL of your school Canvas https://wou.edu/portal/ on a browser. Your login page will appear in the window.

2. Enter either your WOU email address.

3. Enter your Password: this should be your registration number if you haven’t changed your password.

4. Click on “Log in”. You will be taken to your dashboard 

Canvas WOU Student App

You can login to WOU Canvas with the Canvas Student app. It is available in Google Play Store for Android devices and in App Store for iOS users.

With the Canvas Student app, you can login with QR code. The QR code is a new feature that allows you to log in with your phone to the Canvas Student app without entering using your school URL.

Logging with the app:

1. Open the Canvas app and enter WOU Canvas URL or you can search your school name using the search bar.

2. Tap on the login button and enter either your WOU email address.

3. Enter your Password: this should be your registration number if you haven’t changed your password.

4. Tap on “Log in”. You will be taken to your dashboard o the app.

To login with QR code, tap the Account link and then tap the QR Code for Mobile Login link and the Proceed button.

How to Find Your QR Code

The Canvas QR Code feature must be enabled by WOU staff before you can login with it or view it. The QR code is the same as your password and should be kept confidential. Do not allow others to capture your QR code.

You can scan the QR code from the login page of your Student app from an Android device or an iOS device. Make sure you use the QR codes on time as it expires 10 minutes after they are generated

To view your QR code:

1. Sign in to your Canvas account and Tap on the Account:

2. Tap on “QR code for Mobile”.

3. Tap on the Proceed button. Your code will display.

Note: If you cannot view QR codes, it means WOU has not enabled this feature. 

WOU Canvas Password Reset

In case you cannot log in into your Canvas account, maybe you have forgotten your password or your password needs changing. You can use the WOU online Forgotten password tool while you must also supply the personal email address you have recorded via your enrolment.

To recover your password:

1. Go to the Canvas WOU login page and click on the Login button.

2. Click on the “Forgot password” link below.

3. Enter your personal email account, the email you used for your registration.

4.  Click on send reset link or code.

5. Check your personal email account, as you will receive WOU Account Support Request email from IT Support.

6. Open the email, follow the link, enter your new password and submit.

You can now log in with your new password.

To avoid issues logging in when you reset your password, you must ensure your password is changed on all devices that are connected to the Western Oregon University services.

For any reason, you need help and advice on any of WOU’s IT systems, contact the IT Service Desk.

Why You Don’t Have Access to Your Courses

You can’t sign in to your courses on the Canvas site if your teacher has not allowed students to access them. You cannot view a newly published course on your dashboard except the time your teacher permits.

For this reason, even as it is true that all course materials and resources are in a course on the first-day students are not allowed access to all of the course materials and resources on the first day. Also,  the WOU Canvas requirements and prerequisites including other Canvas Modules allow for the staff to control the flow of students through a course.