Update - System issues: Please see the email sent by ITS for more information.
Current Canvas Usage (5/8/20 - 2pm)
Faculty and staff were able to log into Canvas on Dec. 9, 2019 to develop their Winter 2020 courses.
- The "Instructor of Record" will have a Course Shell in PolyLearn & Canvas during Winter, Spring and Summer 2020. You choose which one (PolyLearn OR Canvas) to use. Please turn on only one LMS shell per section.
- Not all PolyLearn-Moodle 3rd party tools will be available within Canvas. Please check the list to determine if you are ready to use Canvas.
- Faculty and students will access Canvas via the Portal (my.calpoly.edu) > My Apps. Click on the Cal Poly Canvas link at the top left.
- Users may prefer to use the Mobile app to access Canvas. Please choose "Cal Poly" as the source.
- 24/7 support is available within Canvas > (?) Help.
Cal Poly will begin the transition from its Learning Management System, PolyLearn-Moodle, to Canvas starting Winter 2020. The two systems will run alongside one another during Winter, Spring and Summer, with Canvas fully implemented next Fall 2020. Canvas will position Cal Poly for the future by supporting its pedagogical needs, mobile features, and complying with accessibility requirements. For a quick Canvas overview, view the Instructor video. You can also learn more about the Gradebook (video) and the Speedgrader (video) tools.
Any one of an array of events can disrupt faculty’s ability to teach courses via on-campus, in-class sessions. Cal Poly’s commitment to students includes making sure that we provide students an opportunity to complete courses despite disruptions, whenever possible.
Beginning in Winter 2020, faculty can choose to teach with Canvas or PolyLearn-Moodle. Starting Fall 2020, only Canvas will be available. We recognize that this effort will require time and energy, and we will provide support to ease the transition. Thank you in advance for your support in this campus-wide endeavor. During this time, the CTLT will provide online resources, workshops, face-to-face consultations, synchronous video consultations, email, and phone support. Additionally, we will also have 24/7 email/phone support by Instructure (Canvas) and automated migration of PolyLearn-Moodle courses into Canvas.
|Winter 2020||Spring 2020||Summer 2020||Fall 2020|
|Moodle & Canvas||Moodle & Canvas||Moodle & Canvas||Only Canvas|
Canvas is an LMS created and managed by Instructure.com and they perform regular updates and enhancements to Canvas monthly. The Release Notes are available for anyone to see.
Canvas is a LMS created and managed by Instructure.com. If you have ideas for changes, improvements, and fixes, please send them to Instructure so that they can review your request and possibly make changes to the LMS.
You can request that Instructure add features to Canvas. This would be toolsets that Canvas doesn't have, for example a graded survey option in the New Quiz tool. This is not a 3rd Party Tools or LTI's like the ones listed below.
You do NOT need to request a Canvas Shell to use Winter 2020 for teaching. All Course Shells will be added to Canvas & PolyLearn in the Winter, Spring & Summer. You choose which LMS you want to use.
Not all 3rd Party Tools/Plugins/LTI's will be in Canvas. Until then, you may find that the SCORM tool will allow you to connect your tool to Canvas now.
Please be aware of the resources that are not yet available within Canvas this Winter. Check for updates since more 3rd party tools are being integrated weekly.
Available 3rd party tools within Canvas:
- iClicker Reg / Classic (as of 2/2/20)
- iClicker Sync / Cloud
- Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor
- Office 365 - OneDrive
- Google Drive
- Zoom (as of 1/28/20)
- Blog (2/11/20)
- Journal (2/11/20)
- FlipGrid (2/14/20)
- YouTube (2/14/20)
- Khan Academy (2/14/20)
- MathType (2/14/20)
Not available yet
- Wiki / Collaborative Space (but there are options)
Not available in Canvas / Need to determine if there are other options to support these features:
- Wildcard question types
- Calculated Multiple Choice question types
From May till Nov. 22, the CTLT provided access to the Cal Poly Canvas Sandbox. This allowed instructors to work on their course redesign before Winter 2020. If you used the Sandbox server, you can move your courses to the Production system.
The Production system started Dec. 9, sandbox shells have been created for each instructor within the "Sandbox" sub-account (folder). The Sandbox server will no longer be used for redesign or development. If you would like an additional Test (Sandbox) shell, you can request one via the Additional Test Shell Request form.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any migration questions, questions about Canvas, or general questions about the LMS.
This page will be updated on a regular basis. Please return to this page for future updates.
last updated: 03/11/20