Canvas is the University of Denver’s Learning Management System (LMS), providing a secure environment for classes offered online, face-to-face, or a combination. Canvas is managed according to the Learning Management System Guidelines.
Canvas courses receive updated student and faculty enrollments from our Ellucian®Banner Student Information System every 2 hours from 7am to 11pm daily.
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Canvas User Guides – online documentation site for students and instructors developed by Canvas. The lessons are continually updated with every new release.
DU Canvas Instructor Tutorial – Self-paced tutorial within Canvas customized for DU instructors.
DU Canvas Student Orientation – If you are new to Canvas, browse through the student orientation and make sure to provide your students with a link to the Canvas Student Orientation within your syllabus and/or Canvas Course.
Canvas in OTL Knowledge Base – Includes FAQs, tech support, and information on external tools.
Canvas is used by over 600 colleges, universities, and school districts. This technology employs a “cloud native” model for delivering its software, meaning:
- The software is hosted on Amazon servers in the US
- The software is updated automatically across all installations (all schools using Canvas are on the same version of the software)
- Canvas can dynamically allocate server resources during peak periods in order to mitigate load-based performance issues
Canvas is built upon a modern web framework and conforms to web standards, meaning browser compatibility is not an issue. Usability is the primary focus of Canvas’ design, and no features are added that may degrade the overall user experience. What differentiates Canvas from most learning management systems are the robust collaboration and communication tools built into the software, featuring easily-customizable notifications. The University of Denver has installed several third-party tools within Canvas to give our students and instructors a more robust experience, including plagiarism checking software, integration of DU CourseMedia videos and selected tools from textbook and educational service companies.
- Intuitive interface
- Module-based content organization
- Speed-Grader application for grading papers online or mobile devices
- App Center lets instructors add functionality to their courses, including adding test questions from major textbook publishers
- Customized notifications, including email and text message alerts for students and faculty
- Integration with Google Docs and Office365 (on request)
- Free mobile apps for iOS and Android