Canvas FAQ

What are the advantages of using an LMS?

A learning management system (LMS) provides one central location for students to easily access your course syllabus, assignments, announcements, grades and anything else pertinent to your course. Some of the benefits of using a learning management system include: 

  • Students can access everything they need to succeed in your course in a single, secure, and easily searchable location. Both faculty and students benefit from using a familiar interface from one course to the next greatly reducing the time spent learning how to navigate a new interface for each course. 

  • Modern learning management systems are built around Learning Tools allowing for the easy integration of additional tools such as Echo360, Proctorio, online publishing tools, plagiarism detection resources, and many others. By accessing these tools through the LMS, students do not have to remember and enter passwords for each of these applications individually. 

  • LMS platforms are designed to work well on all devices including screen readers and mobile phones. Mobile apps created to integrate with the LMS can aggregate calendars and assignments allowing students to more efficiently use their time to focus on the content of your course. 

Course development time can be reduced by using our custom course templates, and content created for one course can be re-used and shared between courses.

Why Canvas?

Canvas has been identified as state-of-the-art in Learning Management Systems (LMS)  and following the unanimous recommendation from the University-wide LMS committee Canvas was selected as our new official LMS. This transition aligns with the Howard Forward Strategic Plan, Pillar 1, Enhance Academic Excellence; specifically supporting the initiatives, Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Student Success and Academic Innovation.

What are the similarities/differences between Canvas and Blackboard?

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What will happen to my Blackboard course content?

Blackboard course content from August 2020- Spring 2022 was migrated to Canvas.  Course content will be archived according to university practices regarding data retention, please contact ETS should you have specific questions regarding this matter, 

How long will faculty have access to Blackboard?

Faculty will have access to Blackboard until May 31, 2023.