This tutorial will guide you through the necessary steps to create an observer account in Canvas.
IUSD’s Canvas Site: https://iusd.instructure.com
Step 1: Login to Your Student’s Account
Visit https://iusd.instructure.com and have your student login to their district provided Canvas username (ex. 20StudentTest) and password. If you do not have access to your child’s username or password, you can have a pairing code generated for you by emailing HelpDesk@iusd.org.
Once your student is logged in, please have them navigate to their User Settings by first clicking on Account in the left side menu and then clicking on Settings.
Once your student is in their User Settings, have them click on the Pair with Observer button on the right hand side of the page.
After clicking Pair with Observer. The pop-up below will appear with a six-digit alphanumeric code. Once you get this code, write it down or copy it because you will need it to pair your observer account with your student’s account. Pairing codes expire within 7 days of being generated.
Logout of your student’s Canvas account by first clicking on Account, then Log Out.
Step 2: Create Your Observer Account
Once you are back at IUSD’s Canvas homepage (https://iusd.instructure.com), click on Click Here For an Account.
Once you do this, you will be logged in to your Canvas parent account and will see your Dashboard. Once you see this screen, you will read-only access to view your student’s Canvas content.
You will also receive an email from Canvas to the address you signed up with, asking you to confirm your registration with Canvas.
Click on Click here to finish the registration process.
A tab will open in your web browser redirecting you to Canvas. If you are asked to login, enter your username and password, then click on Log In.
After successfully logging in, you will see a popup message that says Registration Confirmed! and you will be directed to your User Settings.
In order to view your student’s courses, click on Dashboard in the left margin.
If you do not see any courses on your Dashboard, the course may not yet be made visible by the teacher, which keeps it hidden from students and parents until the teacher opens the course up. You can view a list of all your student’s courses, visible or not, by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your Canvas account, feel free to email HelpDesk@iusd.org for further assistance.
This document was created for Irvine Unified School District by the Information Technology Department.
Author: EdTech Help Desk
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