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How to Login

All Cal Poly faculty, staff, and students have access to Canvas as long as they are enrolled in or acting as a Teacher in a Cal Poly Canvas shell. 

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  1. Go to the Cal Poly Portal
  2. Type your Cal Poly Username and Password in the top left sign-in box. Username is your Cal Poly email address (, and your Central UNIX password.
    NOTE: Starting Dec. 9, everyone MUST us DUO - multi-factor authentication. If you need help logging into the Portal - please contact the
  3. Click on the Cal Poly Canvas link under My Apps (left) or the Canvas button under the My Classes channel (right).

    NOTE: if your faculty has cross-listed (merge) sections, then it is best to use the LEFT Cal Poly Canvas button under My Apps to access the course via the Canvas Dashboard. 

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    NOTE: Students, if you see Not Yet Available your instructor has not published the course for students. Please ask your instructors to publish.  

    Canvas not published

    Students, if you get an Access Denied page the quarter has not started or you are not enrolled.

    Canvas Access Denied
  4. From the Canvas - Dashboard, click on the course card.
    Dashboard course card
    NOTE: If you don't see the course on the Dashboard, click on Courses > All Courses

Wail List Enrollments

Starting Aug. 20, 2021 - enrollments will be uploaded into Canvas twice a day. 8am and between 3-4pm daily. If you need access to Canvas before those times, instructors can manually add students to Canvas courses for immediate access. 


PolyLearn - Moodle 

PolyLearn-Moodle was decommissioned on August 29, 2021.

Faculty who saved the PolyLearn backup files can import into Canvas to reuse course content. All AY-19-20 (Fall 19, Winter, Spring & Summer 20) PolyLearn - Moodle course content has already been uploaded into Canvas ("PolyLearn-Backup"). 

All Grades from PolyLearn Must be Exported & Saved

PolyLearn-Moodle was decommissioned on Aug. 29, 2021. Faculty would have had to access their OLD PolyLearn courses to Export their Gradebooks (Fall 2017 - Summer 2020) and saved them to OneDrive before Aug. 29, 2021. (grade policy - CSU: Records/Information Retention and Disposition Schedule: 4.2.20-22 online, which requires faculty to save full gradebooks).

Student participation (assignments and quizzes) could also be exported and saved to your OneDrive. 

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