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All Cal Poly faculty, staff, and students have access to Canvas as long as they are enrolled or teaching a course within Canvas. Faculty can choose to use Canvas OR PolyLearn for Summer 2020. 

If you are a student and you are not sure which LMS your instructor is using, please go to Where is my course for help.

  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.
  3. Click on the Cal Poly Canvas link under My Apps or the link in the box below.
    My Cal Poly Portal
  4. From the Canvas - Dashboard, click on the course card.
    Dashboard course card

After Sept. 9, 2020, the Portal's ( > My Classes Portlet will change to provide Canvas buttons for faculty and students. PolyLearn-Moodle will still be available via the blue PolyLearn Home box below (4). Although you will not be teaching in PolyLearn-Moodle in the Fall, you will have access to your courses to backup, download and save information. 

Note (8/13/20): changes made to integration of My Classes with Canvas due to Canvas limitations. We cannot provide course published (line removed from Canvas button) or "other Canvas access" button. 

New My Classes Portlet

Faculty will be able to:

  1. Canvas Dashboard from the My Apps list (access to “other” no credit courses)
  2. Canvas course page (faculty will always have access if published or not)
  3. Faculty Center and Canvas Support site
  4. PolyLearn homepage for materials and student participation from previous quarters.

Students will be able to:

  1. Canvas Dashboard from the My Apps list (access to “other” no credit courses)
  2. Canvas course page (students will only be able to open the course if published)
  3. Canvas Support site 
  4. PolyLearn homepage for materials and to participate, if the course is still available 



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