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What is Canvas?
Canvas is Pitt State's new Learning Management System (LMS). In the past Pitt State has used Blackboard and most recently ANGEL. Canvas will be released to the entire campus beginning June of 2012.
Canvas was built with a new way of thinking. It is not an adaptation of current learning management systems. The whole interaction process between students and teachers, students and course content as well as between students is completely different.
Technical Requirements for Using Canvas
You can use Canvas on Windows, Mac & Linux. All that is required is a web browser.
Canvas works best in the most recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer and with the most recent version of the flash plugin. Be sure to keep your browser and flash player up to date.
Below are the recommendations from Canvas support for browsers, flash and other items.
We recommend using these browser versions:
Internet Explorer 9
Firefox 3.6 or 4
Flash 10 (plug-in)
Canvas will work fine without any Flash, you just won't see any media comments.
There are only 2 hard requirements:
2. No IE 6, it's just too bad to be able to do the interactive things Canvas does.
Using Mobile Devices
Will Canvas work on my mobile device?
Canvas functions fully on all common smart phones due to the company's adherence to open web standards and very minimal use of Flash including platforms such as the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android, Palm and Blackberry.
As of Spring 2012, Canvas also has an iOS app for both iPad and iPhone/iPod. This is primarily for communication pieces such as discussions, grades and feedback, recent activity stream and ToDo list. Android apps are under development.
Logging in to Canvas
Please bookmark the URL for Canvas: http://pittstate.instructure.com For quick access, the Canvas link has been added to the Pitt State homepage.
You will be using the same username and password for Canvas that you use for GUS.
Username: 7-digit GUS Login ID
Password: GUS Pin/Password
If you reset your password in GUS, you will reset your password for Canvas too. Clicking on the "I don't know my password" on the Canvas homepage will re-direct you to the GUS LoginKey Request page.
Assistance and Training for Students
Students can become familiar with the basic functions of Canvas through the online tutorial.
From the Pitt State homepage, click on Canvas (or go to https://pittstate.instructure.com). At the bottom of the login screen, click on the Canvas 101 Tutorial for Students link. Students who have reviewed the tutorial but need additional assistance can contact the Gorilla Geeks to schedule a time for personalized help.
Instructor Use of Canvas
Instructors have great flexibility in the design and setup of each course in Canvas. Some instructors may choose not to use Canvas. Therefore, students may not find every course they are enrolled in available in the Canvas course list. Each instructor can determine the program features and organization of their courses. Instructors may post only a syllabus and grades, or they may send e-mails, post discussion groups, assignment and exams for a course.
Please note that instructors are able to select when courses will become available in Canvas. Even though students have enrolled, the courses will not be visible to students until the instructors “publish” the courses.