Welcome to the Canvas Learning Management System!

EWU is well into a transition from Blackboard (our current Learning Management System) to Canvas. Canvas brings many exciting new features and capabilities to EWU with the goal of enhancing the user experience while mitigating frustration. We are moving through our pilot phase, which began last Summer and has continued through this Fall with more than 150 courses and 2000 students, and are ready for the rest of the EWU community to get involved. The feedback we’ve received, from faculty and students, has been immensely useful as we shift to Canvas in as seamless a manner as possible. Again, we are continuing to grow and enhance Canvas to create a system that is both robust and user friendly.

With the advent of Single Sign-On (SSO) in Canvas, which was implemented November 1, 2012, Canvas was effectively made available to everyone at EWU without need to request or create an account. While Blackboard will continue to be available through Spring Quarter, 2013, we urge you to get started with Canvas as soon as you are able. Again, you may access Canvas at http://canvas.ewu.edu.

Timeline

Summer/Fall 2012
– Faculty began the Canvas Test Pilot
Nov 1, 2012
– Integrated Eastern’s Single Sign On (SSO) service
Nov 20, 2012
– Populated users and courses via automated Banner feeds
Winter/Spring 2013
– Add Enhanced Tools/Integrations (Anti-plagiarism, Tegrity, etc.)
June 2013
– End of life Blackboard

Current Status

We have turned on single sign-on (SSO) and are feeding Banner data automatically into Canvas. This means that everyone who is a member of the EWU community should be able to login to Canvas and interact with the system. Faculty should be able to access and begin work on courses for Winter and Spring of 2013 (Note: Courses are not available to students until the instructor explicitly publishes them). The key here is that Banner will be the system of record – if a course does not appear on your list within Canvas, more than likely it will need to be corrected in Banner. Please contact your Department office to get this information updated through the registrar.

Training

We have begun providing individual as well as department level trainings – if you or your department would like to schedule a training session, please write us at elearningservices@ewu.edu or contact Jeff Healy (6776) or Nick Brown (6607) directly. The trainings can be personalized and will cover the basics of Canvas use and navigation as well as course migration and best practices. Web-based training is also available either individually or at the group level.

Please visit our Canvas support page – be sure to check out the “Getting Started” section, which contains quick guides and other reference materials.

We have also scheduled general group trainings in the coming months, with the realization that December is a difficult time and that we may have to modify some dates and times to accommodate as many folks as possible.

December

Dec 11, 2012 (Tue) – 2 PM to 4 PM (Cheney, Hargreaves 121)
Dec 12, 2012 (Wed) – 2 PM to 4 PM (Cheney, Hargreaves 121)
Dec 13, 2012 (Th) – 1 PM to 3 PM (Riverpoint, Phase 1, SLCS 209)

January

Jan 22, 2013 (Tue) – 2 PM to 4 PM (Cheney, Room TBA)
Jan 23, 2013 (Wed) – 2 PM to 4 PM (Cheney, RoomTBA)
Jan 24, 2013 (Th) – 2 PM to 4 PM (Riverpoint, Room TBA)

You may register for these training sessions through the following link:

https://web.ewu.edu/trainsched/index.php?page=course&id=129