Welcome to Canvas

Since the fall of 2020, Stan State has used Canvas as its primary LMS (learning management system), replacing Blackboard.  The pages on this site offer resources for best practices in the use of Canvas.

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Why Canvas?

Following a process led by the Academic Technology & Learning Committee and approval by the Academic Senate, Stan State began the transition of its primary LMS from Blackboard to Canvas starting in summer 2020. The two systems ran alongside one another during summer, fall, winter, and spring, with Canvas, fully implemented in summer 2021. Blackboard was no longer available for live courses after spring 2021. Switching to Canvas positions Stan State for the future by supporting its pedagogical needs, mobile features, and complying with accessibility requirements. For a quick Canvas overview, view the Instructor video. You can also learn more about the Gradebook (video) and the Speedgrader (video) tools.

Timeline

Starting in summer 2021, only Canvas is available.

Timeline Table

Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Blackboard & Canvas Blackboard & Canvas Blackboard & Canvas Blackboard & Canvas Only Canvas

Canvas Release Notes

Canvas is an LMS created and managed by Instructure.com and they perform regular updates and enhancements to Canvas monthly. The Release Notes are available for anyone to see.

Submit a Feature Idea

Canvas is an LMS created and managed by Instructure.com. If you have ideas for changes, improvements and fixes, please send them to Instructure so that they can review your request and possibly make changes to the LMS.

3rd Party Tools

OAT is constantly evaluating tools in the educational technology world for possible inclusion in Canvas at a site-wide level.  All 3rd-party tools available in Blackboard (or their equivalent) are available now.  Information about new tools is publicized through campus announcements and on the web pages of this site, either in the Instructional Technology category or within the Canvas support site.

Available 3rd party tools within Canvas:

  • Cengage MindLinks
  • Credo
  • Discussions Plus (Harmonize)
  • Flipgrid
  • Google Drive
  • GoReact
  • Hypothes.is
  • iClicker Registration
  • Knewton
  • Labster
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • McGraw-Hill Campus/Connect
  • Microsoft Teams Meetings
  • Office365
  • Panopto
  • Pearson Revel
  • Pearson MyLab & Mastering
  • Turnitin
  • VoiceThread
  • YouTube
  • Zoom Meetings

Not available yet:

  • Class Climate surveys

Not available in Canvas:

  • Hotspot question type

Sandbox Shells

Sandbox courses can be created for any instructor who would like a place to experiment and try out aspects of Canvas without affecting their official course shells.  Additional non-academic shells can be created by any instructor from the user's Dashboard page.

Support

Please email oat@csustan.edu if you have any migration questions, questions about Canvas, or general questions about the LMS at Stan State.

Updated: November 02, 2022