At IU, what is Canvas, and how can I get help with it?
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Canvas is a learning management system developed by Instructure, Inc. Canvas includes most of the standard tools found in open source and commercial management systems (assignments, discussions, announcements, quizzes, syllabus, etc.) as well as enhanced tools and features for communication, collaboration, and assessment, including real-time web conferencing, a multimedia recorder, a Google Docs integration, outcomes and rubrics, and course analytics.
Canvas at IU
After an extensive evaluation process involving faculty and students, Indiana University selected Canvas to be the successor to Oncourse. Canvas offers several tools and capabilities not available in Oncourse; see In Canvas, what capabilities are available?
All IU students, faculty, and staff can log into Canvas using their Network ID credentials. You can access Canvas at IU from a web browser (on a computer, smartphone, or tablet) or via the mobile apps distributed by Instructure.
Users with IU Guest accounts can log into Canvas via the Canvas gateway page, but cannot use the Canvas mobile apps. You can also access Canvas with an IU group account, but first you must contact the UITS Mission Critical team to request a corresponding Canvas account. For more about accessing Canvas, see How do I access Canvas at IU from a computer or mobile device?
- Oncourse will be available to the IU community and fully supported through the summer 2016 semester. For more, see About the transition from Oncourse to Canvas.
- Initially, faculty may find it helpful to teach some courses in Canvas and some in Oncourse. This provides an opportunity to learn more about functionality in Canvas and to compare various Canvas features and tools to their counterparts in Oncourse.
Getting help with Canvas
A variety of online support resources are available in Instructure's Canvas Community:
- Documentation: To get started using Canvas,
Additional guides intended for students, instructors, instructional designers, and system administrators, as well as guides for using Canvas mobile apps, are available at Canvas Guides.
- Feature Ideas: Subscribe to various discussion
categories to keep abreast of work on new Canvas features. If you'd
like to suggest a new idea, see In Canvas, how do I submit a feature request? Canvas deploys a
new release every three weeks; for more, see About Canvas releases.
For additional training on Canvas tools and features, check out the CanvasLIVE free webinar series. Each CanvasLIVE webinar includes a brief tutorial, a demonstration, and a short question and answer session. For upcoming webinars, see the schedule on CanvasLIVE. You can also watch past webinars.
- Answers: Visit Canvas Answers to search questions that have already been asked and post new questions for the Canvas community to answer.
- Groups: A resource for posting questions to specific Canvas community groups, or posting solutions based on your experiences in forums such as Higher Education, K-12, Instructional Designers, and more.
Several self-paced tutorials are available within Canvas at IU. To complete a tutorial, clickin the upper right corner of the page:
Additionally, lynda.com offers an Up and Running with Canvas tutorial for learning how to create assignments and quizzes, use the calendar, add rubrics and learning outcomes, build test question banks, communicate with students, and streamline the grading process with SpeedGrader.
Teaching and learning centers
Pedagogical and instructional technologies consulting is available for faculty and instructors on every Indiana University campus through partnerships across the university between the Learning Technologies division of UITS and relevant campus units.
Instructors can get in-person help at their campus teaching and learning centers.
UITS Support Center
For help determining which Canvas tool or feature is the functional counterpart of a particular Oncourse tool or feature, see the "Tool Map" table in the Where is it in Canvas? support resource prepared by UITS Learning Technologies.
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