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Transitioning to Canvas

Boise State is transitioning to Canvas, a new Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is robust and easy-to-use, and replaces our Blackboard LMS.

Canvas is Coming to Boise State!

The migration from Blackboard to Canvas is underway and we expect to be fully migrated to Canvas for Fall 2021 classes! LTS will contact faculty directly as we complete the migration of courses to Canvas this Spring and Summer.

Access Canvas

Once your courses are set up, you can access Canvas at https://boisestatecanvas.instructure.com.

24/7 Support

You can access Canvas support within Canvas by clicking the “Help” button on the left Canvas global navigation.

screen shot of the Canvas help button in the global navigation

What Can Faculty Do Now?

Here are our recommended next steps for instructors:

  • Growing With Canvas – This self-paced course, presented in Canvas, provides a high-level yet comprehensive overview of the most used features of Canvas.
  • Canvas Overview Webinars – These 90 minute webinars presented by LTS are a great way to introduce yourself to the features of Canvas and resources you can take advantage of.
  • Request a Sandbox Course – If you’re ready to get your hands dirty, request a sandbox course, install the Boise State course template and start building your actual Fall 2021 course in Canvas. See “How to Request and Set Up your Canvas Sandbox” below.

Project Timeline and Migration Status

We expect to have all Fall 2021 courses migrated from Blackboard to Canvas this summer. Visit the Project Timeline and Status page for project and migration details.

FAQ’s

Visit the Canvas FAQ page for continuously updated answers to frequent questions.

Online and In-Person Classes and Q&A Sessions

Canvas Learning Opportunities

  • Growing With Canvas – This self-paced course, presented in Canvas, provides a high-level yet comprehensive overview of the most used features of Canvas.
  • Canvas Overview Webinars – These 90 minute webinars presented by LTS are a great way to introduce yourself to the features of Canvas and resources you can take advantage of.
  • Brown Bag Q&A Sessions – Once your courses are converted to Canvas you may have some questions. Join one of these Brown Bag Q&A sessions and we’ll work with you one-on-one to answer questions specific to your Canvas courses.
View Calendar of All Canvas Learning Events

How to Request and Set Up Your Canvas Sandbox

  1. Using Firefox or Chrome visit https://middleware.boisestate.edu.
  2. If prompted, sign in with your Boise State username and password.
  3. On the LMS Middleware Landing Page click Try Now! in the “Canvas is coming to Boise State! Create a Sandbox now!” box at the top of the screen.
  4. A new screen will appear asking you to confirm that you would like to create a sandbox course in Canvas. Click YES.
  5. Within a minute or two you can refresh your screen and a VIEW COURSE button will appear. Click the VIEW COURSE button.
  6. Canvas will launch and you’ll be taken to the home screen of your sandbox course shell. Please note that this blank course shell does not have any content.
  7. Here’s how to add the Boise State Canvas Course Template to your sandbox course. This template has some helpful tips on creating content and provides a basic structure for course design.

Teaching in Canvas

The transfer process provides a great opportunity to think about small changes you can make to your courses so they’re more accessible and navigable for students. For example, when sharing content in a course, you should organize it using modules so students can easily follow the flow of the course and know when activities are due. For more tips like this, check out the Canvas Best Practices and Tips article in the LTS Knowledge base.

In addition, The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and eCampus Center provide consultations to assist in refining your Canvas courses to optimize navigation, student communication, and content engagement. If you would like to work with an Instructional Design Consultant, please contact the CTL (for in-person/hybrid courses) or eCampus Center (for online courses).

Contact Us

Please contact Learning Technology Solutions for more information about Boise State’s migration to Canvas at LTS@boisestate.edu.