As San San José City College (SJCC) commits to a single learning management system (LMS) – Canvas – the Division of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education will commit to regular updates and insights about Canvas, which should prove useful to instructors and students alike. For example, Canvas is
- available in over 2,000 schools across the country and around the world
- internationally recognized; it’s used across Europe and in countries, such as Australia, Brazil, and China
- the LMS behind the Cisco Networking Academy, which Cisco calls “the world’s largest classroom.”
Why are these points important? They’re important because SJCC students may be transferring to some of these institutions, living in some of these countries, or working for corporations that train their staff online. Many of the universities in the Bay Area use Canvas, including San José State University, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz. Thus, SJCC’s use of Canvas is just another way to smooth the transition for SJCC students!
The Transition to Canvas
So, why is SJCC and its sister college, Evergreen Valley College (EVC), making the move from Moodle to Canvas? It’s simple, really.
Canvas helps students
- save time and energy in locating and using course materials
- stay up to date with their grades and progress in courses
- integrate coursework into their daily lives; the LMS is mobile-enabled, making it a snap for students to use their smartphones and tablets.
If that last bullet point sounds more problematic and useful, you may find the Mobile Fact Sheet (Pew Research Center, 12 January 2017) useful.
Canvas helps faculty
- reuse course material from one course to the next
- grade assignments and calculate final grade results
- communicate with students, via email, chat, and discussion forums
- utilize multimedia, making it easy to add audio and video posts in just a few clicks
- provide ease of access that meets ADA compliance standards
- utilize open-education resources (i.e., materials licensed for educational use).
Distance Education Support
As with anything new, it can take time to get used to using a new system. The Division of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education is here to help you.
Support for Students
If you are a student and you need some help learning to use Canvas, stop by the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Staff in the LRC can help you get started. If you cannot get to the main campus, we recommend the following:
Canvas Student Guide
Canvas Video Guide
If you are having a technical problem with the LMS, you should contact the District Information Technology Services & Support (ITSS) Division Help Desk:
Support for Faculty
If you are a faculty member who needs some help learning to use Canvas, we recommend that you review the Canvas Instructor Guide, sign up for a weekly workshop, participate in a tutorial, and/or take an online course. For additional information, contact the Distance Education Coordinator or Division Dean.
Canvas Instructor Guide
Canvas Video Guide
Canvas Workshops at SJCC
Canvas Tutorials via CCC Professional Learning Network
Tutorial on Lynda.com (made available via CCC Professional Learning Network)
Canvas Information and Courses via CCC OEI
If you are a faculty member having a technical problem with the LMS, you should contact the District Information Technology Services & Support (ITSS) Division Help Desk:
The ITSS Help Desk has set up a special page for all Canvas users who need 24/7 support and login assistance.
Canvas Login & Support Information