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Canvas - Providing Access to External Users

This article describes the process for requesting a Canvas account for users who do not have an official affiliation with UW-Madison.


All access to Canvas is provided via NetID accounts. Non-UW personnel who need access to Canvas will need to obtain a NetID. The mechanism for getting a NetID for Non-UW people is Manifest. Please note that Manifest NetID accounts should not be permanent accounts and will have an expiration/termination date assigned to them upon creation.

For One Person/Small Group of People (Less than 10)

  • Gather the person(s)'s name and email that needs access to the Canvas course, as well as how long the access would be required (for instance, until the end of the current academic term, etc.)
  • Email this information to
  • NOTE: This process can take several days, so allow adequate time for the NetID creation process.

For a Large Group of People (or people that will need access to extensive amounts of time)

  • Please email for assistance. Please include the following information in the email: Nature of the students who need access, the number of students, and how long access will be required.  

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Keywords:guests visitors non-uw external personal personnel manifest canvas netid account login id instructor lecturer   Doc ID:66202
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2016-08-17 09:37 CDTUpdated:2018-06-13 13:45 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Learn@UW Madison, UW-Madison Canvas
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