Add non-OSU individual(s) to a Canvas Studio site

Adding a Canvas visitor (non-OSU indiviudal) to an OSU Canvas Studio site is a two-step process.


The visitor first needs to create a Canvas Visitor account.

To do this, the visitor should:

  1. Navigate to the Canvas Visitor login page and agree to OSU's Acceptable Use Policy.
  2. Select a social media login they would like to use. The four options are: Google, Facebook, Yahoo or LinkedIn.
    • If the visitor does not have one of these accounts, they will need to create one before proceeding.
  3. Enter the social media account username and password.
  4. Agree to Canvas terms of service and click Submit.
  5. Send the OSU Studio site leader the email address used to create the visitor account.

For all future access to the Canvas Studio site, visitors log in through the Canvas Visitor login page and select the social media account they used originally.


A Canvas Studio site leader needs to add the visitor to the Canvas Studio site:

  1. Log into Canvas and navigate to the appropriate Canvas Studio site.
  2. Click on the People tab, and click the + People button.
  3. Enter the email address provided by the visitor.
  4. Select the appropriate role for the visitor and click Next > Add Users.

The visitor will receive an email notification inviting them to the Canvas Studio site. However, unless the visitor is already logged in through the Canvas Visitor login page, the links within any Canvas notification will direct them to the OSU ONID login page which the visitor cannot use to log in.

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