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Last Updated: June 30th, 2017

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Canvas is an open source Learning Management System that is currently supported and sponsored by the University of Florida for online and distance learning. The Canvas Learning Management System tools include:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Calendar
  • Chat
  • Conferences
  • Discussions
  • Files
  • Gradebook
  • Inbox
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Modules
  • Peer Review
  • People
  • Rubrics
  • Settings
  • Syllabus
  • Tests & Quizzes

Application to All Courses

Classroom Management:

  • The storing and dissemination of educational content using a variety of Web-based tools.
  • Provides a framework for a virtual learning environment.
  • Allows for instructors to collect, assess, give feedback, and track student work using a variety of assessment capabilities.


  • Extends the boundaries of the traditional classroom.
  • Allows for the addition of live discussion and dynamic interaction in synchronous distance learning.
  • Easy to facilitate communication, participation, and collaboration between groups of students and the instructor.

Feature Benefits:

  • Big Blue Button
  • Chat
  • Discussion Boards
  • Mediasite
  • Quizlet
  • Turnitin

Getting Started

Canvas at the University of Florida


Public Sample Courses:

Additional Resources

For information on the types of tools and features available in Canvas visit the CITT Tools & Techniques Toolbox:

Accessibility Statement

Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.

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