F.A.Q.

Why a new Learning Management System (LMS)?

APU has been on Sakai since 2011, and over the last six years there have been many changes in LMS technology. Modern learning management systems offer exciting features and functionalities to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences.

What are the similarities and differences between Canvas and Sakai?

Please refer to this feature comparing guide between Sakai and Canvas.

Who's responsible for migrating my Sakai course to Canvas?

  • Companion Courses (in-person and blended): Faculty will be responsible for migrating their in-person and blended courses from Sakai to Canvas before their school’s launch date. After a school/college’s launch, all courses within that school/college will occur only in Canvas. Archived courses will be accessible in Sakai through end of spring 2019. Other universities who have gone through the same transition suggest that the best practice for faculty is to rebuild their courses in Canvas to ensure full functionality and take advantage of the enhanced features that Canvas provides. If you need assistance with migrating your course content, you can access one of the many training resources.
  • Online Courses: ITT will be responsible for migrating all online courses from Sakai to Canvas. After a school/college’s launch date, none of the school’s teaching will occur in Sakai, though archived courses will be accessible in Sakai through end of spring 2019.

Can I export Sakai course content and import into Canvas?

A few Sakai tools do have export functionalities, namely Resources, Tests & Quizzes, and Lessons. Exported content can then be imported into a Canvas course. However, we strongly recommend rebuilding your courses in Canvas to take advantage of its full functionality and enhanced features. Please note that some Sakai tools have no Canvas equivalent or will appear differently when imported. See this feature comparison guide for a comparison of Sakai and Canvas tools.

Are there example Canvas courses I can look at to get ideas of how courses are built?

While ITT recommends using one of the course templates provided, faculty are welcome to view exemplar courses submitted to the Canvas community for ideas and inspiration. You can take a look to get ideas of how others have used Canvas to build their course.

What are the key features of Canvas?

Canvas has all the features of a modern learning management system, including the ability to accept and grade assignments, conduct discussions in forums, administer quizzes and exams, store and organize course resources, communicate with students, etc. Canvas has multiple grading tools including rubrics, audio/video feedback and a dedicated grading app. Students can access course materials, view course calendars, to do lists and set their own preferences to receive notifications on their mobile devices. Click here to see a feature comparison between Canvas and Sakai.

Is there a mobile app for Canvas that we can use?

Students and faculty can download the Apple iOS Canvas App for iPhone and iPad or Android Canvas App. See the Canvas Mobile App Guide for more information. Faculty can also download the SpeedGrader App for iPad or SpeedGrader App for Android. See the SpeedGrader Mobile App Guide for more information.

Is there a recommended browser for Canvas?

Canvas is accessible with any Web-standard browser, including the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Respondus Lockdown Browser. See this Canvas guide on supported browsers for more information about operating system, browser and device requirements.

What are the accessibility features in Canvas?

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a tool used to evaluate Canvas' conformance with Section 508 accessibility standards. View the Canvas Voluntary Product Accessibility Template and guide on Accessibility within Canvas for information on screen readers, browsers, keyboard shortcuts, and accessibility within specific Canvas features.

What can I do now to learn more about Canvas?

Canvas provides extensive user support resources including video tutorials, how-to guides and documentation, and instructor training courses. Canvas hosts a number of Community Forums for reviewing answers to previously asked questions, posting new questions, and voting up enhancement requests.

What does Canvas offer?

Collaboration and content creation for students and faculty:

  • Allow students to create and comment on pages
  • Set up video-based web conferences instantly
  • Submit and grade group projects easily
  • Record videos and audio via webcam

Writing assignments:

  • Assign papers and readings easily
  • View Word and PDF submissions directly in the grading interface
  • Create a rubric for added grading speed
  • Let students grade peers using rubrics

Efficient workflows:

  • Bulk upload and download through drag and drop, selection or zip
  • See assignments and other items that need your attention on the Dashboard
  • Receive notifications via email, text, or in your calendar

Can you provide a Canvas overview for us at our department/faculty meeting?

Absolutely! We’d love to give a Canvas overview at your department meeting. Please contact us with some possible dates, times and locations. We’d be happy to tailor our presentation to your needs if there are any particular Canvas features or functionalities you’d like to learn more about. Please also refer to our training events for additional opportunities to learn about Canvas.

How long with Sakai be supported

Sakai will be retired on June 30, 2019. All courses in Sakai will need to be migrated to Canvas before then. If you need access to your course after Sakai is archived, please contact us at ittsupport@apu.edu.

What happened to Turnitin?

  • As a cost-saving strategy, APU replaced Turnitin with Vericite, a reliable, easy-to-use, low-cost originality checking service with the migration to Canvas.
  • Vericite is seamlessly integrated into Canvas, allowing faculty to verify originality for any assignments submitted through Canvas.
  • All APU data in Turnitin will be ingested into Vericite's database, so there will be no gaps in the detection.
  • Vericite is available in Canvas on day one of launch term. Turnitin will remain active in Sakai through summer 2018, after which Vericite will be the new plagiarism service.

How do I enter final grades in Canvas?

  • All faculty will use Canvas to enter final grades, and the grades will pass through to PeopleSoft, eliminating the double-entry process currently used.