What is Canvas?
Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) by Instructure that supports current and evolving teaching and learning needs. Over 2,400 instructors and 19,000 students use Canvas in 2,000 courses every quarter across Stanford’s seven schools, Stanford Center for Professional Development, and Continuing Studies.
Canvas Course Creation
Canvas courses are automatically created each quarter according to the Canvas Course Creation Schedule. After this date, instructors can edit their course at canvas.stanford.edu. Instructors need to click the “Publish” button in Canvas for students to be able to see their Canvas courses. A Canvas course will not be available to students until it is published.
Note: You can no longer unpublish your course once it contains a graded submission.
When did we move to Canvas?
In September 2015, Stanford began transitioning to Canvas as our primary Learning Management System. As a part of this phased implementation, we supported courses in both CourseWork and Canvas. CourseWork was retired on December 21, 2016.
While Canvas is a commercial product, it is supported by a team of technical support specialists, developers, and instructional and user experience designers within Learning Technologies & Spaces within The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (VPSA).