How to get Started on Canvas Network?

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Canvas Network offers open, online courses taught by educators everywhere. Powered by the Canvas LMS and Canvas Catalog, Canvas Network provides a place and platform where teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development, and academic inquiry.


Since its launch in 2013, Canvas Network has offered more than 400 open, online courses designed and delivered by over 150 educational institutions and organizations throughout the world. Canvas Network is developed and supported by Instructure, the technology company that makes smart software that makes people smarter. Learn more at www.Canvas.Net.


How can I teach a course on Canvas Network?

If you are interested in teaching a course on Canvas Network go to Sign Up To Teach | Canvas Network and fill out the "Submit a Course" form. A representative will contact you to discuss your general course idea, answer any general questions you may have about Canvas Network, and provide you with the official Canvas Network Course Proposal form. Once you submit this course proposal form a Canvas Network instructional designer will contact you.


Who can teach a course on Canvas Network?

  • Two-year and four-year colleges and universities
  • K-12 schools and districts
  • Academic partnerships and consortia
  • Nonprofit organizations with an education or public service mission
  • Government agencies with an education mission
  • For-profit companies will be considered if courses are offered in collaboration with an educational institution or organization as described above


What can I expect after submitting a course proposal?

An instructional designer will contact you to discuss your course proposal. If the proposal is approved they will create a course shell for you to begin building your course. Each Canvas Network course undergoes two course reviews. The first course review must be completed before the course can lists. The first course review is limited to the front page, general course information, and one week of content. The second and final review is conducted approximately 3 weeks before the course start date. This review is to verify the course is complete and settings are set correctly.


Does Canvas Network provide a certificate?

Individual instructors or sponsoring institutions may offer a certificate of participation or completion. The instructor or sponsoring institution is responsible for issuing certificates. Canvas Network does not issue certificates. Please read the course details to find out if a certificate is offered, or contact the instructor after the course begins to inquire about certificates.