Add User(s) to a Canvas Course Site

Instructors can manually add observers, students, TAs and co-instructors to their course sites in Canvas. 

Thnigs to note:

  • Users must have an active NetID to join a Canvas course.
  • Manually enrolled users will receive an invitation to join the course.
  • Users will need to accept the course invite before they are enrolled.
    • An email is sent to the user's Georgetown inbox; as well as a pop-up notification invite upon signin to Canvas.

1.  To begin, access your course in Canvas and click on the People button:

2.  Click on the +People button:


3.  On the Add People pop-up window:

  • 1.  Select the "Login ID" button.
  • 2.  Enter the NetID(s) (NOT email addresses).
    • If you are adding more than one person seperate each NetID with a comma
    • If you do not know the exact NetID of the user whom you are trying to add, you can search the Georgetown Directory here:
  • 3. Select the appropriate Role (e.g. Student, Teacher, etc). 
  • 4. Click on the Next button

enter NetID


4.  The system will then confirm the NetID(s) entered are correct, and click on the Add Users button.

  • If the system cannot validate the NetID, then click on Start Over and ensure NetID(s) accuracy and/or re-enter.

click on Add Users button


5.  You will then be presented with a list of users in the course, with newly added user(s) on the page having "Pending" status. The pending status will be removed once the user(s) accept the invite. 

shows pending status