Welcome to a user-friendly, adaptable online learning environment. 

With a simplified interface and integrated tools, Canvas, UBC’s new Learning Management System, makes online teaching more efficient and effective.

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The soft launch of Canvas, the exciting new core of UBC’s Learning Technology Environment, has begun. Although the majority of Fall 2017 Arts courses remained in Connect, over 400 Arts courses (more than all the other faculties at UBC, combined) were taught on Canvas. Arts ISIT has been in contact with instructors whose courses are set to be delivered on Canvas in the upcoming winter semester. Instructors whose courses will be available on Canvas in later semesters, including Summer 2018 and September 2018, should look forward to future communication from Arts ISIT about the implementation process.

How does Canvas work?

Login to Connect

Login to Canvas

Go to and enter your CWL information.

Start Building

Start Building.

Add Files, set up a Syllabus page, make Announcements, create Assignments and Discussions.

Launch the Course

Launch the Course.

Start teaching and interacting with students on your site.



Speed Grader



SpeedGrader allows you to quickly view, annotate, comment on and grade document, multimedia, discussion and quiz submissions.

Peer Review


Peer reviews can be assigned manually or automatically, made anonymous and used for written, multimedia, group assignments or discussions.

Mobile App


The Canvas mobile app allows instructors and students to easily access materials and participate in their course from anywhere.


  • The user-friendly, simplified Canvas interface makes for a short learning curve. 
  • Campus-Wide Login (CWL) enabled for convenient sign on. 
  • Multiple integrated, internal tools provide easy to use options.
  • SpeedGrader makes grading assignments, quizzes and discussions more efficient, while also allowing for rich feedback through audio/video or text comments and annotations. 
  • Course Syllabus page organizes course material into a time-wise snapshot view, drawing attention to scheduled course activities.
  • Scheduler tool creates appointment time blocks, avoiding long line ups in office hours.
  • Collaborative tools like Peer Review, Group Assignments and Discussions allow for easy set up of student-centred collaborative activities. 
  • Mobile friendly design enables workable Canvas access from smartphones and tablets. 


  • Simplified interface makes extensive customization of course delivery difficult.
  • Peer Review tools are not as advanced as similar educational tools, such as PeerScholar or CLAS.
  • Gradebook display and automated calculation features can be limiting. 

Getting Started

Discuss ideas and options with the Arts Learning Centre Drop by the Arts Learning Centre for a chat in Buchanan C105A
Email Arts ISIT Helpdesk Contact ArtsISIT for assistance or a demonstration!
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