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.
Turnitin is a software application designed to uphold academic integrity and support the development of original thinking through a robust feedback system. Integrated directly into Canvas, Turnitin allows you to check student work for plagiarism, provide feedback, and improve writing skills.
Blackboard Ally is a content accessibility tool built into Canvas. The tool can be used by faculty to improve the accessibility of their course, or made available to students for on-demand universal design options.
Respondus Test Generator is a tool to easily manage and import textbook publisher created quizzes into your Canvas course. The test generator can also take formatted Word documents and import them directly into the Canvas quiz tool.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of tools for graphic design, video editing, web development, image editing, and includes Adobe Acrobat. This is offered free for students and at a discounted rate for faculty/staff. More information regarding pricing and gaining access to your license can be found on the OIT Adobe Creative Cloud page.
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:
Evaluate the Tool. All integrations must meet minimum qualifications for security, accessibility, and privacy.
Ensure Protections. It is our responsibility to make sure that the university and its students are protected. This includes end-user agreements, a review of security practices, and the development of support resources.
Test the Product. Depending on the complexity, these integrations often require back and forth with the vendor. The product needs to undergo testing before it is released.
A list of approved LTIs is coming soon.
To request a new LTI be added to Canvas, email our service desk.
Please fill out this form to request the creation of a co-curricular course. Co-curricular courses in Canvas are used for delivery of noncredit courses for University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus students, faculty, and staff such as training courses and courses on university policies and procedures. Canvas is for university affiliated users only. No non CU email addresses are accepted.
Here are some examples of how co-curricular courses may be used:
An online student orientation course
A student safety course to supplement a face to face course with lab work
A noncredit remedial education course
A course for university faculty or students that address university policies and procedures
Here are some examples of how co-curricular courses may not be used:
A course that replaces any fee or credit-bearing courses
A record keeping system (All information in co-curricular courses is transient.)
A communication tool in lieu of email lists
Faculty wanting a sandbox course (for experiment or development purposes only) can choose "create sandbox" from their Canvas Profile page.
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.
With our TechSmith Knowmia subscription, we have also been allocated site licenses for Camtasia and Snagit. Faculty or instructional staff can request access to these products through the Service Desk.
CU Online Open is a second instance of Canvas used for Continuing Education courses at CU Denver and CU Anschutz. It is currently administered by Continuing Education. Please reach out to their office with inquiries.