Teaching & Learning Innovations is offering multiple opportunities for you to learn about CI Learn, aka Canvas. In addition to the robust Canvas Guides available online, we have developed some resources to help get you started. We will also be offering online and in-person learning opportunities. Check our events calendar to stay up to date with our current offerings.

Learning Resources

Canvas 101 Self-Paced Course

View Sample Courses & Faculty Perspectives

Canvas Knowledge Base & How-to's


  • Canvas has all the features of a modern learning management system including the ability to accept and grade assignments, conduct discussions in forums, administer quizzes and exams, store and organize course resources, communicate with students, etc. Canvas has multiple grading tools including rubrics, audio/video feedback and a dedicated grading app. Students can access course materials, view course calendars, to do lists and set their own preferences to receive notifications on their mobile devices.

  • Yes, the Canvas by Instructure app is available on Android and iOS devices. See the Canvas mobile guides for more information.

  • Canvas supports many external tools including Turnitin and VoiceThread so faculty will be able to continue to use these applications in their courses. In addition, there are new external apps available within Canvas such as the ability to directly embed YouTube, Wikipedia, Educreations, Khan Academy, etc.

  • Yes, most content can transfer over to Canvas. Canvas provides a Course Setup Checklist that walks you through the process of backing up your Blackboard course materials and importing the content into Canvas. However, some Blackboard tools have no Canvas equivalent or will appear differently when imported. We recommend taking this opportunity to rethink your course design and move items from Blackboard to Canvas thoughtfully. This is a great opportunity to declutter and start fresh.

  • Canvas provides extensive user support resources including video tutorials, how-to guides and documentation, and instructor training courses. Canvas hosts a number of Community Forums for reviewing answers to previously asked questions, posting new questions, and voting up enhancement requests.

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  • All fall courses will have course shells available in Canvas through the CILearn link on myCI starting on July 1st. Teaching in Canvas is option during fall 2017. All courses will be taught in Canvas in spring 2018.

    • 24/7 support from Canvas for faculty through the online chat
    • Canvas 101 Self-paced course for faculty
    • Weekly Getting Started with Canvas Workshops in the FIT Studio, Summer 2017
    • Additional online interactive learning experiences for faculty throughout the transition, starting Fall 2017

- Some information sourced from CSUN

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.


Michael McGarry, Instructional Technology Lead

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