CI Is Moving to Canvas!

Why Canvas?

In Spring 2016, three LMSs were evaluated as part of a CSU system-wide evaluation. Canvas outperformed the other two systems. Members of the T&LI team at CI were part of the evaluation team and believe that Canvas will be a good fit for CI. For students, Canvas offers an enhanced, contemporary learning experience. For faculty, Canvas offers superior performance in terms of ease-of-use, analytics, grading, course migrations and openness. During the Spring 2017 semester, CI conducted a Canvas pilot.


Timeline of Canvas implementation at CSUCI

Spring 2017: Canvas Pilot (10 courses, 300 students)
Fall 2017: Partial Implementation of Canvas (Faculty opt-in to Canvas)
Spring 2018: Campus-wide adoption
February 1st 2018: Blackboard materials will no longer be retrievable

Getting Started

Teaching & Learning Innovations is offering multiple opportunities for you to learn about Canvas. In addition to the robust Canvas Guides available online, we will be offering online and in-person learning opportunities.

Backing-up Your Blackboard Courses

Before access to Blackboard is cut off on February 1st, 2018, it's important to back-up your Blackboard courses. We've put together a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

Once you've backed up your courses and downloaded the backups, we recommend that you create a folder in your CI Dropbox account to store them in until you're ready to import the contents into Canvas. You can find more information about using Dropbox at CI on the Dropbox support page.


- Some information sourced from CSUN


Jill Leafstedt, Executive Director