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There are many important pieces to consider when migrating to a new LMS or adopting an institution-wide LMS for the first time.  An important step in the process is determining how to introduce the platform to students and what resources they will need to learn how to use the platform. 


Our popular “Be the Hero” and “Growing with Canvas” courses were created as a free resource to help train new admins and instructors. Since their release, we’ve had an increasing interest in a similar resource for students. The Training team is excited to now introduce you to our newest course, Passport to Canvas, which focuses on the student perspective. 


About the Course: 

Passport to Canvas consists of nine modules of content that takes your students through everything they need to know about using Canvas as a student. Participants are taken on a tour around the globe stopping at each of our Instructure offices to learn another facet of the Canvas platform and some fun facts about each of our Instructure offices. This course has been designed for middle school through higher education students. 


Where You Can Find This Course:

You can find this course in the Canvas Commons at this link: Passport to Canvas (pro tip - make sure you're logged in to Canvas!) it is offered under an Attribution-Non-Commerical-ShareAlike license. That means you’re free to share the course, as well as to adapt it to meet the needs of your institution.


If you’ve never used a resource in the Canvas Commons before, all you need is an empty course in your Canvas instance in which to copy the Passport to Canvas course. Once Passport to Canvas is in your instance, you’re free to edit and use the course as you wish. Check out this guide - How do I use Commons? - if you need more help.


It is also available in the Canvas Network. More information about this is in the student section below. 


If you are a Canvas Admin: 

This course will give your students a nice intro to the platform. Check out the Information Module for content that is geared towards helping you get the course set up for your institution. It can also be a great way for you to learn more about the student experience side of Canvas. 


The course is configured to work with Badgr and award badges for completion of each module. Instructions are in the course for setting up the integration, using the images, and awarding the badges.


If you are a Canvas Teacher: 

This course is designed to help your students learn how to navigate the Canvas environment. This free resource will help them to learn more about the various elements of Canvas from the student perspective. This is also a great way for teachers to learn about the student experience in Canvas. If the course is not available to teachers through your institution, but you’d like to participate you can enroll in the course through the Canvas Network. 


If you are a Canvas Student: 

This course is for you to learn how to navigate the Canvas platform. If your institution has not enrolled you in the course and you’d like to participate you can enroll in the course through the Canvas Network. Check out this guide to learn more about enrolling in a course through the Canvas Network


Resource Document: 

This resource document offers several quick links that will be helpful when learning more about Passport to Canvas. 


New Course Orientation: 

Check out the recording of our Canvas LIVE session held on October 23rd, 2019 to introduce the course. 



We will post all updates to the course below, as they are made. Subscribe to this post to stay up to date!


Update Date: October 24th, 2019
Course ItemMore Detail ReasonAction Needed
3.3 | Viewing your Course StreamGif was not looping properly.The video was saved incorrectly.Download the course, then download the video and add it to your live course with participants OR download the updates to the course from Commons. 
3.3 | Viewing your Course StreamA comma was missing after the word stream. Punctuation was not included. Add a comma after the word stream: To see the Course Activity stream, click the View Course Activity Stream button.
8.1 | Peer Interactions | ItineraryChange the word "a" to read "are".Word was spelled incorrectly. In the bulleted list change the text to read: View Groups that you are a member of
9.8 | Replying to a DiscussionRemove the additional space between About and Discussion. Extra space was added between two words. 

Remove the extra space in the page title: About Discussion in the Student App


Please comment below with how your institution is planning to implement this course. We’d love to hear from you!

Bobby Pedersen

Learn Bravely

Posted by Bobby Pedersen Champion Oct 9, 2019

On my way to work I go past several schools and notice the different School Visions emblazoned on flags and gateways. It seems that over the past decades the trend has been to display school visions, mission statements and values for all to see. Of course much time and wisdom has gone into creating these statements that help create a school culture. Some are catchy, some very deep, some way too long. But one has stood out for me lately and really made me ponder about the impact it has on me - just a passerby. 


‘Learn bravely’


So simple. Effective. Challenging. Encouraging. 


If I was a struggling student at that school I would find those words comforting as well as encouraging.

If I was a capable student I would find those words provoking enough to perhaps push myself a little harder. 

If I was a teacher at that school I would feel supported enough to try new things and dig a little deeper to improve my knowledge and skills.

If I was a leader in that school I’d be excited about the potential in those two simple words. The potential to support learners for now and their futures.

If I was a parent in that school I’d be comforted to know that learning bravely was part of my child’s everyday experience. And I’d try to model that myself when they came home from school. 


Learning how to use a tool like Canvas can be scary. It can challenge the bravest among us. It can cause us to try to build walls to hide behind, walls that say ‘too hard’, ‘I don’t understand’, ‘I feel stupid’, ‘I can’t’. 


Perhaps we need to gently encourage each other, and ourselves, to learn bravely