About Canvas 

Collaborate on Canvas

This page is under construction and continual revision as faculty collaborate with one another and with eCampus to create and deploy a seamless, modern student experience in Canvas. eCampus will be conducting more and more workshops to help interested faculty get on board. Keep an eye on our calendar to find events that are right for you.

A Message from the Provost

Dear faculty and instructors,

First of all, thank you to the 30+ faculty members and ~900 UAF students who participated…

A Modern Learning Management System

This summer and fall many courses will use the Canvas platform. If you don’t already have an account with alaska.instructure.edu make a request with us via email. OIT and eCampus are working on populating all UAF users into the system, so this step won’t be necessary in the future.


Access to OER built right in. See the Commons for thousands of Open Education Resources

Mobile Friendly Apps:

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Course Migration

UAF eCampus is working with K-16 to export your existing Blackboard materials into Canvas shells. This is based off of the CRNs provided. Instructors are required to identify which course version/semester should be migrated.

Get Started!

To use a ready made UAF eCampus template, go to alaska.instructure.com (UA ID and password to log in), then choose “UAF Course Template” in the unpublished section.

If this doesn’t work for you, contact Jenn Pedersen (jpedersen@alaska.edu) for assistance.

Canvas Training

Canvas was chosen in part for its great tutorials:

Canvas Instructor Guide
Canvas Student Guide

Canvas Playlists

The Canvas channel on YouTube is full of helpful content—with everything from the Virtual Learning Indicator to establishing trust in an online environment to artificial intelligence and the future of plagiarism—Canvas goes beyond simple “how to” videos (get started here) to elevate the conversation around learning managament software.

A Clean, Modern Interface

Easy drag and drop utility, a quick way to turn your course on and off, and easy to understand controls. Over the next few months, eCampus will be deploying syllabus and module templates that will make building your courses easier and faster.


Canvas Interface Example

History and Possible Future Canvas-Related Events


eCampus researches LMS options on a regular basis: Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and WordPress.

Fall 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown pushes almost all courses online, taxing our infrastructure and resources.

Fall 20-Spring 21

A pilot was conducted throughout the University of Alaska. Learn more at the UA Canvas Pilot Google Site

Sum./Fall 21

More courses migrating to Canvas with automation from “K-16” and eCampus.

Spring/Sum. 22

Faculty and students alike find Canvas to be much easier. Remaining courses move to Canvas

Fall 22

Final courses are converted with all courses potentially now in Canvas.