Canvas is a learning management system (LMS); every current JD course at HLS has a website in the Canvas system. Canvas is used throughout Harvard University and all of its affiliated professional schools.
Canvas interfaces with our student information system (SIS). The SIS feeds course and enrollment data into Canvas throughout the day, so if you are a student, faculty member or course support staff, you should see the correct list of courses in your dashboard and the updated list of enrollees listed in the course’s “People” tab.
You can use Canvas to communicate with students (using “Announcements” or the “Course Emailer”); to post course materials (using “Files”, “Modules” or “Pages”); and to set up course assignments (using the “Assignments” tab).
Some interesting Canvas facts:
- The company (Instructure) was founded in 2008; it launched Canvas in 2011.
- Canvas is used by more than 3,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world.
- 1,100+ employees and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.