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Deadline for having all content out of Blackboard is May 31, 2021 !

Click the "Important Dates" tab above.

Canvas at VCU

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Canvas is a modern Learning Management System that is open, intuitive, and was born in the cloud. Canvas streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love, for a simpler and more connected learning experience. 

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Getting Started with Canvas

Training, Recordings and Guides

Frequently Asked Questions

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Canvas Support Hotline: 1 (877) 636-1744          
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Subscribe: VCU Canvas Mailing List
VCU TS Training Site (keyword "Canvas")
from VCU Training Sessions
Instructor VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
Online@VCU Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALTLab)
The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence - CTLE
Instructor Guides (Instructure Community Site)
Instructor Canvas Training Portal
Canvas Guides
Accessibility Information
Student VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
Student Canvas Video Library
Canvas Student Guides
Computer and Browser Requirements
Mobile Requirements and Guides

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Training Type: DEPARTMENTAL 

Request faculty training for your department and we will customize the session to meet your needs. Submit a support request ticket at and someone from the VCU Learning Systems team will contact you.

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Training Level: BASIC

Canvas Open Discussion for VCU Faculty
Nov. 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm (drop-in), Online 
Facilitator: Adam Kuntz, Canvas Consultant
Register: (keyword "Canvas")
Two hours have been scheduled for this drop-in, online discussion event for VCU faculty. The session will be moderated by a Canvas consultant, and is a great opportunity for VCU instructors to ask questions about all things Canvas. Do you need to know how to do something Canvas? Are you having trouble with a feature or process?  Join any time between noon and 2pm and stay as little or as long as you like. Please register if you think you might join. The session is free, and no need to worry about cancelling if you can't make it.

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Training Level: INTERMEDIATE

CTLE Workshop: Canvas Gradebook Basics
Dec. 3, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Facilitator: Jamillah Martin, Learning Systems Support Lead
If you are new to using Canvas or haven't used all of the available features of Canvas’s Grade Center, it may seem a puzzle to you. Do you find yourself making many clicks just to check or enter grades in Canvas? Do you do a lot of scrolling just to see your students' overall grade? The way the gradebook is organized by default in Canvas is not always best for you. In this workshop, you’ll work with a Canvas specialist who can help you navigate and use the basic functions of the Canvas Gradebook so you can make your Gradebook work for you! 
A Zoom link and password will be provided on the confirmation page after you register. Please be sure to save it. Co-sponsored by CTLE and Learning Systems. 

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Training Level: ADVANCED

More coming soon!


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Critical Dates To Remember

  • When should you transfer your content out of Blackboard? Before May 31, 2021
  • How long can you access content in Blackboard? Until 11:59pm May 31, 2021
  • When will Blackboard be removed from serviced? June 30, 20210

Deadline for having all content out of Blackboard is May 31, 2021

  • Blackboard content will NOT be available at all after May 31, 2021.

  • You will NOT be able to login to Blackboard after May 31, 2021.

  • Do not wait until you are ready to teach in Fall 2021 and beyond - you cannot view, copy or export any content from Blackboard.

  • How to import Blackboard content into Canvas

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Summer 2021 - All courses will use Canvas ONLY

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Blackboard Removed From Service

  • Preparations for the shutdown of Blackboard will begin after May 31, 2021

  • Blackboard will be removed from service on June 30, 2021.

June 30, 2021

Blackboard Removed From Service


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Canvas status updates will be posted regularly and can be found in the Learning System's blog at:

Information about VCU's decision to move from Blackboard to Canvas can be found here: History: Blackboard to Canvas at VCU

Visual timeline with details, can be found on the "Timeline" tab above.



Blackboard to Canvas Transition Timeline


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  • Evaluation of Learning Management System needs
  • Installation, configurations, testing, etc.
  • Pilot kickoff, teaching in Canvas limited to pilot participants


  • Teaching in Canvas: Courses taught during the pilot
  • Approval and procurement of Canvas
  • Created for all faculty: course shells, sandbox courses, "Growing with Canvas" course 


  • Teaching in Canvas:
    • New courses (not previously in Blackboard) teach in Canvas
    • Courses previously taught in Canvas
    • Early adopters
  • Support Resources in place:
    • VCU Canvas website
    • Learning Systems blog
    • Faculty consultations
    • Faculty training
    • VCU IT and support personnel training
    • Getting started articles in TS askIT knowledge base
    • 24x7 Support from Instructure (Canvas)
  • VCU course template available
  • Enrollmenrts - integration with Banner

FALL 2020

  • Teaching in Canvas:
    • Courses previously taught in Canvas
    • New courses (not previously in Blackboard) 
    • Early adopters


  • Teaching in Canvas:
    • Open to all faculty
    • Courses previously taught in Canvas
    • New courses
    • Early adopters and others already using Canvas
    • Faculty who "opt-in" to teach in Canvas for Spring
    • Faculty who "opt-in" to transition courses before May 31, 2021 (highly recommended)

  • Critical Date: May 31, 2021 - Faculty MUST have all content exported from Blackboard

JUNE 2021

  • Teaching in Canvas:  All courses
  • System administration export of remaining Blackboard content
  • Critical Dates:
    • May 31, 2021 - All classes will use Canvas starting Summer 2021 (no courses will be taught in Blackboard after May 31, 2021)

    • June 30, 2021 - Blackboard removed from service and  no longer available



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