Canvas

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Canvas (by Instructure) is a cloud based learning management system (LMS) that is currently used by more than 700 colleges and universities. The university has transitioned to Canvas from Blackboard for all LMS activity.

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Features

Canvas Timeline

Spring 2017
Use Canvas
or Blackboard
Summer 2017
Use Canvas
or Blackboard
Fall 2017
Canvas is default;
Blackboard by request
Spring 2018
Canvas is default;
Blackboard by request
June 2018
Canvas is only LMS;
Blackboard not available

Canvas provides a set of tools focused on improving teaching and learning through a modern interface, and the ability to extend the platform to outside tools and systems. Some of its most notable features as identified by UNL and our Big Ten peers are:

  • Speed grader for mobile grading
  • Integrated peer evaluation
  • Intuitive grading and assignments
  • Texting and Facebook notifications
  • Mobile-ready design

Getting Started

Get to Know Canvas

Canvas is a new learning management system at UNL that some instructors may have opted to use this semester. It's a lot like Blackboard, but there are some differences. Here's a list of tips and links to help you get the semester off to a smooth start. 

Faculty Links:

  1. Be sure to bookmark the login URL for Canvas: my.unl.edu
  2. Faculty can be enrolled in our self-paced Canvas course by emailing canvas@unl.edu
  3. Use the help button to get Canvas Help and get to know the Canvas Community
  4. Be sure to set up your profile 
  5. Be sure to set your notification settings
  6. Contact UNL-ITS for assistance and questions about Canvas at canvas@unl.edu
  7. Check the Canvas instructor guides.
  8. Canvas help for faculty can also be obtained by contacting the instructional designer(s) supporting your college

Student Links:

  1. Be sure to bookmark the login URL for Canvas: my.unl.edu
  2. Use the help button to get Canvas Help - the live chat system works great!
  3. Be sure to install the Mobile App: Apple or Android
  4. Be sure to set up your profile 
  5. Be sure to set your notification settings 
  6. Check the Canvas student guides.

Canvas instructional videos for everyone

Service News

University switching to ilos video capture
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Starting May 20, 2018, ilos replaces TechSmith Relay as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's lecture capture/video hosting service. 

Ilos will migrate all user accounts and their associated content to their server. That migration process will last a week, finishing on May 4, 2018. The migration will copy files to ilos, keeping all...

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Spring Cleaning Checklist
Friday, March 2, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018

Information Technology Services (ITS) is streamlining Academic Technologies on campus. Our goal is to provide the best Academic Tech service for teaching and learning at the university....

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Access to Blackboard ends May 15th, 2018
Monday, December 18, 2017

Canvas is the default Learning Management System (LMS) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Students: please review your student assignments (projects, papers) in Blackboard and download the material you want to save/have access to. Access to Blackboard will end on May 15, 2018. Instructions...

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