Canvas is the University of Denver’s new Learning Management System (LMS), which will replace Blackboard over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year. After Spring quarter, 2015, Canvas will be the university’s only LMS. Canvas is currently available to all DU instructors who have classes listed on the course schedule.

Canvas login page: https://canvas.du.edu 

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About Canvas

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.

Canvas Features

  • Module-based content organization
  • Speed-Grader application for grading papers online
  • Intuitive interface
  • App Center lets instructors add functionality to their courses
  • Customized notifications
  • Integration with Google Docs
  • Free mobile apps for iOS and Android; SpeedGrader App for iOS

Canvas Resources

Canvas User Guides

Canvas in OTL Knowledge Base

How can I learn more?

  • Contact Alex Karklins 303-871-7882  akarklin@du.edu  or Ryan Shiba 303-871-2951  ryan.shiba@du.edu to schedule a training session.

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