In an ongoing effort to improve teaching and learning at UIS, we have been researching alternative Learning Management Systems (that would potentially replace Blackboard). This initiative came as a direct result of feedback from both students and faculty that Blackboard may not be adequately meeting their learning and teaching needs.

UIS is excited to be piloting Canvas in the Spring 2018 semester with a group of 15 faculty members and about 400 students. Canvas LMS Logo

Our research indicates that Canvas is better meeting the needs of many colleges and universities because of its superior suite of tools, including Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and many others. The intent of this pilot is to determine if UIS would benefit from moving to Canvas as well. We hope it may address the limitations of our current learning management system including the lack of analytics and outcomes collection, adequate mobile support, high cost, and failure to keep current with technology trends in digital learning.


Resources for the Pilot Group

Each faculty member has been assigned a dedicated support specialist from either COLRS or ITS.  This is the go-to person for both you and your students.

Log in to Canvas:

Link to the training portal:

Link to training videos:

(You will need to create an account to access the trainings – there are many offerings!)

Canvas Commons: A learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources

What is Canvas Commons

How do I use Commons

How do I share a resource to Commons


Q: How does an instructor require a certain number of discussion board postings before grading?

A: This feature does not currently exist in Canvas.


Q. What types of files can be uploaded to Canvas?

A. File types for assignments: (Faculty may also set restrictions for types of files that can be uploaded for a particular assignment.)

Media File Uploads by Instructor:

Media File Uploads by Students:


Q. Is there an accessibility checker available?

A. Yes, here are instructions for use: If you do not see the Accessibility Checker, you may need to try a different browser.


Q. How do I use Turnitin with Canvas?



Q. How do I use Examity with Canvas?

A. Instructor: