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Beginning spring 2016, Canvas will be Cabrillo's learning management system (LMS). It is web-based and contains features for communicating and sharing content, and assessing student performance.

Faculty must participate in training before receiving an account. Contact the TLC Director for more information.

Features and Benefits

  • Clean, simple layout – the intuitive user interface allows instructors to set up course content and tools efficiently. Students can navigate Canvas course sites and submit work with ease.
  • Communication options - Students and faculty can communicate in and out of Canvas via Email, SMS Texts, Facebook, or Twitter. Students have multiple options to stay up to date on course work. Instructors maintain contact easily with their students.
  • Improved mobile experience – Use your smartphone or iPad to participate in discussions and view course content. Instructors can use the SpeedGrader iPad app to make routine grading more efficient.
  • Add audio and video posts to discussions with just a few clicks. Instructors can leave video or audio comments when grading assignments using a webcam or microphone. Reliable, stable performance – Canvas is hosted by Amazon Web Services, with 99.9% uptime guaranteed.

Standards for Teaching Online


The TLC prefers to work with faculty individually to help them organize their courses to take full advantage of the communication and assessment tools. Please schedule an appointment with us to go over your course design in Blackboard. Call 479-5030 or email

You can get specific details on the new enhancements by attending the Flex presentations on Canvas and through additional training sessions that will be scheduled at the TLC throughout the year. You are always welcome to call the TLC with questions at 479-5030.

About Distance Education

Distance Education is an approach to learning where instruction takes place outside the traditional classroom setting. Instead of teaching face-to-face, instructors use electronic or a blend of face-to-face and electronic delivery methods to develop and furnish content for instruction and interaction with students.

Distance Education Faculty HandbookStudents in distance education courses are required to ‘attend’ class and participate just as if they were in a face-to-face course. Attendance is based on documentation from “regular effective contact.” Instructors establish guidelines for how much each lecture, reading assignment, discussion or project qualifies as a meeting during the course of a week or course learning module. (Ed Code, Title 5, Section 55200)

In additional to "regular effective contact," instructors must insure all instructional materials meet guidelines for accessibility. (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act)




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