Canvas - Access for Non-UW Personnel (UW-Madison)

This article describes the steps for allowing someone outside of UW-Madison (e.g. Someone from industry that's helping teach a class) access to Canvas.


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."

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.
  • Email this information to
  • NOTE: This process can take several days to be created, so allow adequate time for the NetID creation process.

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

  • You will need to request a Manifest Group using the information on this webpage:
    • Be sure to state that you need a Manifest Group that has the capability to create new NetIDs.
  • Once a Manifest Group has been attained and are approved to create new NetID's, email the name of your new manifest group.
  • Your Manifest Group includes a description. This description is included as part of the invitation sent to potential NetID recipients. This is the best place to let recipients know the purpose of obtaining a NetID. Failure to include this information in this field may result in the recipient being confused by the invitation.
  • Once a person has obtained a NetID, they can be added to a course by the course's instructor or by the sub account administrators.

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Keywords:guest visitor non-uw personal manifest canvas netid   Doc ID:66202
Owner:Dale J.Group:UW-Madison Canvas
Created:2016-08-17 08:37 CSTUpdated:2016-11-03 11:15 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, UW-Madison Canvas
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