Canvas is Here!

Canvas, the university’s next learning management system (LMS), empowers learners with mobile, social, and cloud-based course content. All courses will be in Canvas by fall 2020.

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Transition Timeline

Canvas is now available for all courses and strongly encouraged for summer 2020. Some colleges may have specific plans for transitioning to Canvas. For any questions on college-specific transition processes, please check with your college.

Stay in-the-know about each Canvas phase at Northeastern with university wide adoption by fall 2020.

Spring 2020

  • Expanded pilot 

  • Faculty training and outreach 

  • Integration development 

  • Course migrations 

Summer 2020

  • Summer courses in Canvas, strongly encouraged 

  • Continued faculty training and outreach 

  • Course migrations for fall 2020 

  • Workshops 

Fall 2020

  • All courses in Canvas
  • Blackboard courses archived

Canvas Training and Support Resources

Northeastern has made many options available for faculty to schedule training or support sessions.

Academic Technologies, The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), and the Office of the Provost are all supporting faculty to learn more about this transformation by offering a variety of training and support options.  

What is Canvas?

Canvas is not only a leader in the LMS market—it’s “The Learning Platform that Helps Great Education Happen” and also one of Northeastern’s next steps toward digital transformation through online teaching and learning.

Open, intuitive, and born in the cloud, Canvas streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love, for a simpler and more connected learning experience.

Why Canvas?

To support Northeastern 2025, Canvas is the LMS designed to meet the needs of all campuses and learners.

With Canvas, university community members will enjoy an LMS that is mobile-first, reliable, accessible, and can deliver highly customizable and experiential teaching and learning.

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After having worked with different LMS for the past 20+ years, Canvas has emerged as my top favorite – especially when teaching in different instructional formats such as hybrid and online.

Carolin Fuchs
Teaching Professor, World Languages Center
Coordinator of Online Teaching and Learning, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Canvas Pilot Participant

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[Canvas] is amazing and well suited to support the kind of digital work my students produce. It's streamlined the workflow for both my classes and is saving me hours (not an exaggeration) each week. It's wonderful to be able to use that time to serve students and pursue scholarship.

Meg Heckman
Assistant Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism
Fall 2019 Canvas Pilot Participant

Canvas Support and Resources

Schedule an online or in-person support session, explore answers to frequently asked questions, and find access to knowledge base articles all in one place.