Monday, January 11, 2016

Blackboard and Canvas Side by Side

I’ll be offering two workshops during Flex Week called, “Blackboard and Canvas Side by Side.” The first one will be at Cuyamaca College, room E-204, on Tuesday, January 19, from 3pm to 4:30pm. The second will be at Grossmont College on Friday, January 22 from 11am to 12:20pm (room unknown at this time).

As you have probably heard, the state Chancellor’s office, through the Online Education Initiative (OEI), selected Canvas as the common course management system for colleges participating in the OEI course exchange. Please view the LMS Selection Information website for more information on this. Academic Senates at both colleges will vote for which LMS to go with in March, 2016.

Get Started with Canvas

Canvas offers free accounts to let faculty begin using and evaluate their product.

Katie Palacios (from SDCCD) created a great video on how to create a Canvas account that illustrates these steps:

1. Go to
(this is where we will access Canvas for testing)

2. Click the “Need a Canvas Account?” link

3. Click the blue button labeled, “I’m a Teacher.”

4.Fill out the form and Submit.

Note: in some cases you will need to click “Build It” before seeing the form.

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