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Canvas Parent Account

Canvas Observer (Parent) Account

Canvas Observer (Parent) Account

Parents can sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.

Logging Into Canvas

You can access Canvas by clicking the login button on the Technology | Canvas Login page.  Clicking the link will take you to a page that has a Parent Login button which will take you to a form where you will enter your username and password as a Parent (which is what Canvas terms as Observer).
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The login form, where you will enter your username and password looks like this:
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Creating A Parent (Observer) Account

If you do not have a username and password, you can create an account at the login by clicking the link "Click Here For an Account". In the next window, add your Full name, home email address, create a password and add your student’s Pairing Code. (See the FAQ below for code information).
Agree to the terms of use and click on Start Participating.
To log back into your Parent Account, enter the email address and password you used to set up your Parent Account. Then click Log In. You should now see your child’s Canvas Dashboard.

Linking A Student To My Parent/Observer Account

In order for each observer account to view a student's Canvas courses, the student account and the parent/observer account must be linked.  This link is established by a code, which pairs the accounts together.  Once linked, observers can view nad participate in certain elements of the Canvas course.
Here's how we establish the connection:
First, open "Settings" in the Student's Account
From the Student's Canvas page, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].
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Next, click the button "Pair with Observer"
The Pair with Observer button is on the right side of the page. Click it.
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Finally, copy the Pairing Code
The pairing code is automatically generated.
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Copy the six-digit alphanumeric pairing code [1]. Then, share the code with the parent/observer who will link to your account. The pairing code will expire after it's been used or after seven days if it hasn't been used.  Note that the pairing codes are case sensitive.
Because the code expires after it's been used, you will need to generate more pairing codes if you have more than one observer linked to your account.
Click the OK button [2] to close the window.
If you need additional help setting up an Parent (Observer) Account please contact the Helpdesk.