Canvas

Last Updated: 05/03/2019

About Canvas

Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that can be used as an additional space for instruction, a communication hub for students, as well as a place to collect, grade and track assignments.

Why Canvas?

CU Boulder launched an initiative in late 2016 to identify the best LMS to meet CU’s teaching, learning and administrative needs. After months of evaluation, the university announced the selection of Canvas to replace Desire2Learn. Learn more about the selection and implementation process on the D2L to Canvas migration website.

Canvas Features

  • Simplified course creation and navigation
  • Mobile applications for both Instructors and Students
  • Easy collaboration and communication with Students 
  • Efficient assignment grading with SpeedGrader
  • Integration with other teaching and learning applications
  • Learn about Canvas’ New Features and Beta Tools.

Get Started

Faculty can now create their official CU Boulder courses in Canvas.

  1. Create your Canvas course(s) through MyCUInfo. View our Create a Course tutorial to learn how.
  2. Open a supported browser.
  3. Go to canvas.colorado.edu.
  4. Login with your Identikey credentials.
  5. Your new courses will be listed on your Canvas Dashboard.
  6. If you previously taught any of these courses in D2L, you will receive an email within one business day with information about how to access the migrated copies of these courses in Canvas. View Migration from D2L to Canvas below for more info.

Faculty can also explore Canvas in their Sandbox, listed on their Canvas Dashboard after logging in. If you do not have a Sandbox, complete the request course form. Community Courses that are not connected to an official CU Boulder course can also be requested at this time by filling out the Community Course Request form.

Please note: Faculty are not required to use Canvas at this time. Desire2Learn will be available through Spring 2019.

Migration from D2L to Canvas

Learn about how to access migrated course content from D2L by visiting the D2L Migration and Retirement page.

How to get Support

Contact Canvas for direct support at (833) 237-4878 or email support@instructure.com.

For support, including workshops, one-on-one consultations or requests for departmental training with Learning Technology Consultants, contact the IT Service center 303-735-4357 (5-HELP) or help@colorado.edu. For additional assistance, visit our Canvas Help or Canvas Student Support page.

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