Getting Started with Canvas: Most Common Faculty Questions

    • When can I transition? You can transition your courses anytime from Fall 2017 through Fall 2018. All Spring 2019 courses will be in Canvas.View Transition Timeline
    • How do I get started? We can't accept additional Fall 2017 classes in Canvas but you can dive in and begin building future classes right now! Each faculty member has been provisioned with three "development" course shells in Canvas to test/learn/prepare content and shells for your future courses will be automatically created.  (Don't see blank "development" course shells when you log in or need more than the three you have? Request course shells here.)
    • How do I access Canvas? You can access Canvas through My Sac State or log in directly at to get started. Canvas also offers a Teacher app which provides a limited set of the full system's functionality: iOS and Android
    • How do I get help with Canvas? An array of resources are available to you and your students through the Help menu in Canvas. Additionally, you can contact our Academic Technology Center support team at, 278-2450, or reserve a time to meet with an ATC consultant in person.
    • Can I migrate my Blackboard course content to Canvas? All Blackboard content from Fall 2015 through Summer 2017 will automatically be migrated to Canvas and available by early October 2017. You can choose to rebuild your courses using this content, start from scratch, request migration of Blackboard content outside of this window, or try migrating your own course content.
    • Can I manage multiple sections through a single Canvas course? Absolutely, please submit a Combine/Crosslist Course Request to have your sections combined.

Make the Transition in Three Steps

Plan Your Move

Planning is integral to a smooth migration. Here's some critical information to consider when making your plans.

Canvas Transition Informational Sessions: Check out the presentation PDF and/or view a recording from our Canvas Transition Information Sessions to get an overview of the transition process.

Blackboard to Canvas: Migrate vs Start from Scratch

What features differ between Blackboard and Canvas?

Canvas Apps Overview

Making the Transition: Faculty FAQ's

Canvas Instructor Guide

Prepare Your Course(s)

We offer an array of services, resources, and training to help you reorganize and build your course in Canvas.

Learn about Canvas:

Want to sit down with someone to learn about Canvas one-on-one? Schedule a session with one of our consultants. 

Canvas Transition Overview: Check out the presentation PDF and/or view a recording from our Canvas Transition Information Sessions to get an overview of the transition process.

Workshops: Recorded Canvas Week Workshop Series

Watch Videos: Canvas Instructor Video Guides

Take an Online Course: Structured Faculty Orientation Course

Surf the Webpage GuidesCanvas Instructor Guide


Course Building Guides

Step-by-Step Guide: Building Courses with Migrated Blackboard Content

Are there some tips for reorganizing my Blackboard course structure in Canvas?


Teach in Canvas

Are you ready to open your course site to students and use Canvas for teaching?