Teaching and Learning Technologies:
Tools and Services at Georgetown


What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system. It offers ways for instructors to make content, activities, assessments, and communication tools available to students that enables learning online.

What can I do with Canvas?

Canvas can be used to support face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online courses. Faculty can easily organize course content into modules for their students. Modules can include text, video, web links, activities, discussions, assignments, and quizzes. Other tools can be added to Canvas, including Sharestream, Echo 360, Voicethread, Zoom, and Google Drive.

Faculty can grade assignments and give students feedback using the built-in SpeedGrader. In SpeedGrader, it is easy to move from one student submission to the next, grade using a basic point system or a full rubric, and give text, audio, or video comments.

Faculty and students can communicate with each other using email internal to Canvas, and they can each customize the notifications they get in their regular email. Due dates across all courses are automatically synced to a Canvas calendar for students and faculty. Using the quick Scheduler, faculty can have students sign up for office hour appointment slots.

Students can quickly build an ePortfolio that pulls from work across all of their Canvas courses.

How do I go about using Canvas for my courses?

Canvas is now available for all Georgetown faculty to use for their courses. All fall 2016 courses have been created in Canvas. Faculty can also request a test "sandbox" site or a summer 2016 course site.

For those who prefer, Blackboard will still be available for use in all of your courses.

GU Canvas launch site and login   Technical support guide   Canvas instructor guide

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