Canvas Communication, December 2016

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you may be aware, the Colorado School of Mines has invested in a new Learning Management System called Canvas.  Canvas is live now at Mines, and available for you to begin using for your courses. The Trefny Innovative Instruction Center and the CCIT teams are working hard to make this as smooth a transition as possible. Below are some important points to help you in the process.

Logging in to Canvas
To find and log on to Canvas, go to
Select the eLearning button in the top nav bar, in the middle (book icon).
Select “Canvas for Mines.”
Use your multi-pass login credentials to sign in.

What you’ll see in your Canvas account
All employees have a Sandbox course inside their Canvas account, where they can practice building content for deployment into their courses.  For faculty who are assigned courses to teach in the spring, winter, and fall, you are able to view your currently assigned courses inside Canvas, and you can build your content directly into them, or build it first in the Sandbox, and then copy it into your course when you are ready.

Crosslisting course sections for easier management
Some faculty might want to combine their course sections, so they only have to develop content one time, but use that same content for each section that they teach.  This is called Crosslisting.  Please file a helpdesk ticket at to request a Canvas administrator crosslist your courses for you.  

Training Opportunities
Canvas is rather intuitive, so you are welcome to login and begin building content in your assigned courses for spring, summer and fall 2017.  However, if you need help, the Trefny Center is providing support in a number of ways listed here:

Using Canvas for purposes other than teaching 
Many groups on campus have been using Blackboard as a place to organize documents and communication for things like committees and other campus groups.  We will begin providing training for how to use the Canvas Groups feature for this purpose on February 23 and March 17, 2017.  More details to come.

Transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas
Blackboard is still available for all of campus to use throughout spring 2017, and will turn off in June, 2017.  Please migrate any Blackboard content that you would like to save to Canvas during the spring of 2017. 

Migrating Courses from Blackboard or from the free version of Canvas
If you have courses in either Blackboard, or in the free version on Canvas (, you can find directions for migrating your content to our new Canvas account here -

Asking for Help
When in doubt, use the CCIT Help Desk and click on Canvas to generate a ticket for support.