Canvas is a web-based learning management system, or LMS. It is used at CU Denver and CU Anschutz to access and manage online course learning materials, increase student engagement, and promote student success. Every course listed in CU-SIS is provided with a Canvas shell. Enrollments are provisioned automatically and will reflect official rosters.
Canvas is for university affiliated users only. No non-CU email addresses are accepted.
Faculty and staff can request the creation of a co-curricular course. Co-curricular courses in Canvas are used for delivery of noncredit courses for students, faculty, and staff such as training courses and courses on university policies and procedures.
Here are some examples of how co-curricular courses may be used:
Here are some examples of how co-curricular courses may not be used:
Faculty wanting a sandbox course (for experiment or development purposes only) can choose "create sandbox" from their Canvas Profile page.
Request a Co-Curricular Course
Canvas provides customers a data portal with access to a broad range of data. The Academic Technology Applications and Design team is currently working on a Canvas Data Project to bring this data to the fingertips of schools/colleges in interactive and insightful dashboards.
Learn more about the Data 2.0 release from Canvas.
External applications include a variety of add-in software or tools, that is integrated into Canvas and typically extends its functionality. These third-party applications and services are not maintained or supported by the university.
These tools, often developed as Learning Tools Interoperability (LTIs), enable data to be delivered between Canvas and the tool. After a tool is integrated with Canvas, it generally appears as a link or a widget within a course, which allows a user to be logged in and recognized by the third-party's tool. In some cases, data (such as grades) passes back and forth between the vendor's tool and Canvas.
Integration of an external application takes between 2-4 months. The extended time is for us to:
To request a new LTI be added to Canvas, submit a ticket to the service desk.