Using the DashboardSet Notification PreferencesProfile SettingsStudent ViewAdding UsersUsing Canvas On Mobile Devices
PagesAdding FilesMaking the HomepageCreating the SyllabusModulesCanvas Math EditorAdding a You Tube VideoWorking with Draft StateCourse ReservesMcGraw Hill Campus
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Creating AssignmentsAdvanced SettingsUsing RubricsSetting Up Peer ReviewsLate & Re-submitted Assignments
Creating a Quiz, Test, or SurveyAdding QuestionsAdvanced Settings
SpeedGrader™Advanced Settings
Requesting a Canvas SiteCreating a Simple Canvas SiteUsing PagesUsing ModulesUsing the CalendarFlipped and Online CoursesCopying from a previous Canvas course site
Blackboard ComparisonUsing Blackboard Exports
CollaborationsGroupsBlogs, Journals, & Wikis BasicsCreating a Blog, Journal, or WikiUsing Blogs & JournalsUsing WikisPiazza
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Logging Into Canvas

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About Canvas

Canvas is a new learning management system (LMS) developed by Salt Lake City-based Instructure. It's already being used by Wharton and the Graduate School of Education here at Penn. The Libraries led a pilot of Canvas during the last academic year, and the majority of instructors involved found that Canvas met or exceeded their needs and offered better teaching tools than Blackboard. Based on the pilot, and the positive experience of faculty in Wharton and GSE, the Council of Deans and the Provost agreed that a campus-wide adoption would be beneficial for Penn faculty and students. The official announcement was made in the July 16 issue of the Almanac.


The transition to Canvas will be a year-long process. At the end of the process, Blackboard will no longer be available. Libraries and school-based support staff will be on hand to help you save and reuse your Blackboard course content.

  • Summer 2013: Canvas pilot concludes; transition begins.
  • Fall 2013: Canvas rolls out; Blackboard is still available. More than 1,200 courses for the Fall 2013 semester from the schools of Arts and Sciences, Communication, Dental Medicine, Design, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nursing, Perelman School of Medicine, and Social Policy and Practice are using Canvas.
  • Spring 2014: More courses move to Canvas; Blackboard is no longer in use at some schools.
  • Summer 2014: Canvas is fully deployed at Penn. Blackboard is no longer available.

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A number of workshops and office hours are available to help you set up your site in Canvas. Register at



Email Canvas Support at if you have questions about Canvas.


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