Getting Started in Canvas

USF is moving to a new Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS, called Canvas, will replace Blackboard. All USF courses beginning Spring 2014 will be delivered via Canvas.

USF-Specific Resources

There are a variety of training and support mechanisms in place to assist USF faculty during the transition from Blackboard to Canvas.

Course Administration

These USF-specific tutorials are designed to aid faculty in performing some of the required administrative functions in their courses.

Basic Help Topics

The following tutorials are designed to assist faculty with some of the basic tools in Canvas including recording and submitting first day attendance, in accordance with USF's mandatory first day attendance policy.

Advanced Help Topics

Learn how to take your Canvas course to the next level with the following advanced tutorials including the use of Turnitin, USF's new plagiarism detection software, and Blackboard Collaborate, the software that replaces Illuminate.

Instructure Resources

These training resources were designed by Instructure, the company that developed Canvas, to assist faculty in becoming familiar with their cloud-based learning management system (LMS).

News Archives

As a result of USF's need to upgrade from Blackboard 9.0 to 9.1, the USF System Learning Management Committee decided in 2011 to evaluate other options in learning management products. Faculty, students and staff reviewed three learning management solutions: Blackboard 9.1, Moodle and Canvas during a system-wide evaluation process. After several months of review, Canvas, a product of the educational software company Instructure, was selected.