Getting Started

FAQs

Where do I go to log in to Canvas?

Go to  canvas.fau.edu and log in with your FAU netID and password.

Why is FAU switching to Canvas?

At the recommendation of the Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation Committee, FAU will be joining other Florida state universities in adopting Canvas by Instructure as our new LMS. Compared to Blackboard 9.1, Canvas offers a friendlier user interface and a better mobile experience.

When will Blackboard go away?

Our Blackboard contract expires on June 30, 2017. We are planning for the majority of courses to be live in Canvas by Spring 2017. All remaining courses should be in Canvas for the 2017 Summer 1 and 2 semesters.

When can I see my courses in Canvas?

There will be a limited pilot in Fall 2016. OIT will begin loading courses in August and September so instructors can start migrating and building their courses for the Spring 2017 semester.

Will all courses from past semesters transfer to Canvas?

Instructors can choose which courses will be automatically migrated. Only the most recent semester of any course may be migrated. Instructors will also have the opportunity to migrate courses themselves or start their courses fresh in Canvas.

How do I learn to use Canvas?

Be on the lookout for various learning opportunities. Roadshows and Canvas Tech Talks will be offered at each college. A schedule of events can be found at techevents.fau.edu.

Tech Talks will also be available outside of the scheduled college visits. You can request group sessions, personalized one-on-one sessions, and virtual appointments. You can also view online how-to’s and videos to help get you started.

Can I use any browser with Canvas?

Canvas is web agnostic and is built with the latest HTML5 standards. What does that mean? It means you can typically use any web browser. Canvas officially supports the last two versions of every browser release. Canvas highly recommends that you update to the newest version of whichever browser you are using as well as using the most up-to-date flash plug-in.

As of October 18, 2016, Canvas supports the following versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge.
  • Chrome 52 and 53
  • Safari 9 and 10
  • Firefox 48 and 49 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 22 and 23 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)

Will I be able to use publishers’ resources?

Yes. All of our current publishers and third-party tools have integrations with Canvas, but they may integrate differently. Please reach out to your publisher representative to learn more about their integration with Canvas.

Will Canvas work on my tablet and phone?

Yes, however it is recommended that you use the Canvas Mobile App for iOS 8.0+ and Android 4.03+.

Course Migrations

Course Migrations

There are several options to get started with Canvas.

  1. Request a bulk migration.
  2. Self-migration.
  3. Start from scratch.

Bulk Migration

Bulk migration is a process that can copy a large number of courses efficiently from Blackboard to Canvas. This process creates a Blackboard export file that is imported into Canvas. 

To participate in the bulk migration:

  1. Complete the  Migration Request form
    • When you complete the form, select the courses you want to COPY to Canvas. This request WILL NOT impact your current Spring courses in Blackboard. This copy will not be refreshed. 
    • Please only select your most recent version of each course. This copy is for course content only. Your current Spring courses (and all future courses) will be created in Canvas automatically.
    • If a requested course contains no content in Blackboard, it will not be copied into Canvas as an empty course shell. 
    • This process will completed within 2 business days.  
    • You will receive an email once your Blackboard courses have been copied to Canvas. 
  2. Start working on your courses. While the content transfer typically goes well, there are some clean-up steps that need to be completed, especially if you are teaching a complex, document-heavy online course. Please remember we are here to help! You can visit Techevents.fau.edu to view our Canvas workshops, Open Lab times, or make a personalized appointment with your local Canvas expert. 
    • You are encouraged to start working on your course(s) as soon as possible. 
    • Review the Course Checklist.
    • If you teach a fully online course, you may reach out to the Center for eLearning and request additional help with moving your course to Canvas. 

 

Self Migration

Instructors have the option to move their Blackboard content  into Canvas on their own. To do so, please follow these steps: 

  1. Create your Blackboard Export file:
    1. Go to Blackboard and log in. 
    2. From the course you wish to move to Canvas, look at the control panel and click on Packages and Utilities
    3. Click on Export/Archive Course. 
    4. Click on Export Package
    5. Under File Attachments, have "Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory" selected. 
    6. Click on Select All
    7. Click on Submit
    8. Wait for the email that states the export has been complete or refresh the page until you see the link appear. Once you see the link listed on the export package page. Click on the link to save this file to your computer. 
      • If you are using a Mac, please be sure that your .zip file does not get unpackaged. 
  2. Import the Course into Canvas. 
    1. Log into Canvas at canvas.fau.edu
    2. Go to the course you wish to put the content into or create a sandbox (recommended). 
    3. Follow these instructions on how to use the Canvas Import Tool.

Starting From Scratch

Instructors can choose to build their courses in Canvas without bringing in previously used content from Blackboard. This can allow you to redesign your course to leverage the simplicity and new tools that Canvas provides.The course will also have less “junk” that will need to be sorted through and/or removed. 

To start your course from scratch you will want to create a Canvas SandboxAfter you have created the sandbox, you can begin uploading your course materials, creating your assessments, and customizing your course. Please remember to look at the Canvas Guides and to visit the Canvas Community for ideas. 

 

Instructors

What's New?

How do I submit grades from Canvas to Banner?

Self-Paced Training Course

Click here to access the self-paced Canvas training course.

Canvas Primer Self-Paced Resource Guide

Getting Started

Use the guides below to get started. 

 

 

Customize Canvas

Take control of your personal information and set your own notification preferences. Then connect to web services outside of Canvas. Customize the active courses you want to show. You can even choose to view the Canvas interface in another language.

 

 

Organize a Course

Get organized and cover your bases before your course goes live. Learn how to change your Course Home Page, how to control which links appear in Course Navigation, and how to easily update and view the different users and sections.

 

 

Add Course Content

Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, content editor that is available anywhere for creating new content (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). Learn how to add a files, create pages, organize course content, and create and administer online quizzes and surveys. Learn more about creating discussions, how to use the Syllabus tool, and managing the Calendar features to create and modify events and assignments. 

 

Work with Grades and People

Learn how to use the Grade Book and SpeedGrader to view and assess student submissions. Learn how to add TAs to your course and how to view the class roster. 

 

 

Additional Resources 

The journey does not end here. Learn how to get help inside and outside Canvas, register for Tech Talks, and become your department's Canvas guru! 

 

 

Students

Self-Paced Training Course

Click here to access the self-paced Canvas training course. 

Getting Started

These guides will help you learn the basics of Canvas. 

 

 

Customize Canvas

Take control of your personal information and set your own notification preferences. Then connect to web services outside of Canvas. Customize the active courses you want to show. You can even choose to view the Canvas interface in another language.

 

 

Participate in a Course

Learn how to submit online assignments and view your grades. Use the Calendar to view upcoming due dates and assignments for each of your courses. Learn how to use Conversations and the Inbox to communicate with others in your course. 

 

 

Additional Resources 

The journey does not end here. Learn how to use Canvas Tier 1 Support. 

 



 Last Modified 6/28/17