Canvas: Create a Canvas Sandbox site (formerly Studio site)

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Canvas is Oregon State University's Learning Management System. Sandbox sites are a great training platform for OSU faculty, staff, and students. They can also be used for teams who collaborate online and need tools such as Announcements, Surveys, Quizzes, and Discussions. If you simply need to share and edit documents with colleagues, Google Drive, Google Sites, or Office 365 are better options. If your academic unit shares Canvas course files, assignments, lecture slides or even entire course sites with other instructors, take a look at Canvas Commons. This is a repository for sharing and finding learning objects.

OSU re-branded Sandbox sites in June 2024; prior to that they were known as Studio sites. With the following exceptions, there is no functional difference between a Canvas Sandbox site and a Canvas academic course site.

  • Sandbox sites are available to OSU-affiliated groups and individuals. They are not intended for use in credit-bearing courses.
  • Sandbox site leaders can add and remove users; academic course teachers cannot add or remove students.
  • Sandbox sites are not limited to a term; academic course sites will become 'read-only' after the term ends.

Create a Canvas Sandbox Site

  1. Log into Canvas at
  2. Click the Account button in the upper-left corner of the Canvas screen
  3. Click the My Sandbox Sites link in the fly-out menu that appears
  4. Click Create a new Sandbox Site
  5. Enter the name of your new Sandbox site
    • Optional: Enter a short description of the purpose of the Sandbox site
  6. Click Create

After your new Sandbox site is created, you can navigate directly to the new Sandbox site, create another Sandbox site or return to the main menu for the Sandbox site tool.

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