Learn how to use Canvas in place of Blackboard

As CSU upgrades to Canvas from RamCT Blackboard, instructors are encouraged to take advantage of the many in-person training sessions and comprehensive online resources available to them as they transition to this modern, easy-to-use learning management system with robust features to enhance teaching and learning.

Hands-on workshops – Oct. 15-31

The hands-on training sessions offered in October are designed for instructors who plan to use Canvas to teach their spring 2015 courses. Workshop topics include:

  • Canvas Overview
  • Build A Course In Canvas
  • Using the Canvas Grade Book
  • Creating Canvas Assignments
  • Canvas Communication Tools
  • Tests in Canvas

Workshop descriptions, schedules and registration.

Additional workshops will be offered throughout spring, summer, and fall 2015. Information on the website will be regularly updated as new trainings are scheduled.

One-on-one work sessions with Canvas support staff

The Canvas transition team is also offering one-on-one work sessions to help instructors prepare their Canvas courses.


Canvas Information Center in Morgan Library

Beginning Oct.13, both instructors and students can stop by Morgan Room 185 with their Canvas questions. The Information Center will be open Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.-noon.

Online Resources

Instructors also have access to a wide range of online videos and guides to help them learn how to prepare courses and use Canvas.

Learn more.

Why Canvas?

CSU’s decision to move to Canvas is a result of the University’s involvement as a founding member of Unizin, a consortium of leading universities that includes CSU, the University of Florida, the University of Indiana, and the University of Michigan. Unizin, which will soon be joined by a half dozen other institutions of comparable stature, is intended to increase the influence of higher education institutions in the development of a new educational ecosystem where faculty and staff have a larger voice in the technology that students use to learn.

Canvas is currently used by more than 800 colleges, universities, and school districts. In Canvas, the Unizin members have selected a common learning management system that has significant advantages in features and ease of use over all other learning management systems, Blackboard included. The consortium has also negotiated a highly favorable pricing agreement, which reduces overall costs to the University.

To register for training workshops and to find out more about the Canvas upgrade and additional resources that are available, visit CSU’s Canvas site.