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Getting Started

On this page you will find…


Logging In

To access the Penn Carey Law Canvas site, go to and enter your PennKey username and password.

IMPORTANT: A PennKey is required to log in to Canvas. If you need a PennKey, please call 215.898.2589 or email

If you are unsure if you have a PennKey, use the Test My PennKey tool.
LawKey & PennKey: What’s the Difference?


Navigating Canvas


Navigating the Dashboard

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log in to Canvas and displays everything that is happening in all of your courses.

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Canvas Interface Overview (Video)


Navigating your Course

To access a course you are teaching or enrolled, click the Courses option in the left menu.

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Profile & Settings

Your profile and settings can be accessed and edited through the Account option in the left menu. The following steps to configure your profile and settings should be done after your initial log in and only need to be done one time.


Editing Your Profile

Your profile contains all of your personal information that you wish to include and is visible to other Canvas users through the People menu of your courses.

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Settings (Video)


Editing Your Settings

The Settings menu allows you to edit personal information such as display name, time zone, language, and even link your Canvas profile to other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Configuring Your Notification Preferences

Notification allows you to select how and when you want to be notified of Canvas events. Notifications can be sent to any of the contact methods you configured in your profile’s Settings menu.

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Muting Notifications for a Particular Course

You can mute notifications for a particular course by selecting “View Course Notifications” on the courses home page. From there, you can toggle “Enable Notifications” to either disable or enable notifications for that course.

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Course Notification Settings

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