Welcome to Canvas

Canvas FAQs

Jefferson transitions learning management systems (LMS) from Blackboard to Canvas next spring (June 2020). We know that many faculty members are excited and eager to get started with Canvas now. As we begin the switch, we want to answers to some questions we've received from faculty:

When will Blackboard go away?
Jefferson retires Blackboard on June 30, 2020.

Should I create my courses in Blackboard or Canvas?
We strongly recommend that newly developed courses be created in Canvas and not in Blackboard. Any course that extends beyond the June 30, 2020 retirement, must be created in Canvas.

You may select between Blackboard and Canvas for courses that have previously been taught.

I'm ready to get started! Is there any training offered to faculty now?
Yes! To get started, we suggest completing the self-directed online training called "Growing with Canvas."

Canvas created this asynchronous course with two primary goals. First, the course introduces you to Canvas as a learner to experience the platform. Second, the course showcases evidence-based course design tools and strategies available in the Canvas environment.

Please email Julie Phillips for access to the training and your personalized Canvas sandbox, where you can explore and complete Growing with Canvas tasks and assignments.

What types of resources and training guides can I utilize?
How-To Guides for common Canvas tasks offer step-by-step written instructions and video tutorial links for the most commonly used actions and tasks.

Download the How-To Guides here.

What in-person trainings will be offered?
The Academic Commons offers three types of in-person training: scheduled workshops, Canvas Camps, and one-on-one sessions.

Workshop titles include:
Canvas Basics
Communicating with Canvas
Grading with Canvas
Mobile Canvas

Registration for workshops is open! For a complete list of all Canvas workshops, visit our website. Filter by location to only view workshops in Center City or East Falls, and register now.

Canvas Camps
We will facilitate at least four Canvas Camps in Academic Year 2019-2020 in addition to the workshops. These Camps will focus on building your course in Canvas.

We will offer three full and one half-day options for Jeffersonians. Canvas Camps have been scheduled for the following dates:

Full Day Canvas Campus:
Monday, January 8 from 9:00 – 5:00 (Scott Memorial Library)
Thursday, March 12 from 9:00 – 5:00 (East Falls)
Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00 – 5:00 (East Falls)

Half-Day Canvas Camp
Monday, June 8 from 9:00 – 1:00 (Scott Memorial Library)
Tuesday, June 9 from 9:00 – 1:00 (Scott Memorial Library)

Canvas Consultations
Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with our instructional designers for tailored Canvas support. Learn more here.

We are happy to attend Faculty Meetings or relevant committee meetings to present a 15-minute introduction to Canvas.

Additionally, if a College, department, or program has internal adoption and/or benchmark dates they are considering, we're happy to collaborate on a series of workshops to help the College, department, or program achieve its goals in Canvas.