Canvas at LMC

Face-to-face courses are not required to use Canvas, but it is strongly recommended that all instructors post their grades and syllabus to their Canvas course sites.

Canvas Login Instructions 

Website: https://losmedanos.instructure.com

Username and password: Same as your InSite login credentials

Canvas: Start of the Semester Best Practices

Make sure your Canvas courses are ready by the first day of class by using the following checklist to create a stress-free Canvas experience for your students.

Start of the Semester Canvas Checklist: Did you publish your course before the start date? Is your gradebook set up correctly? Review this checklist, complete with links to helpful Canvas guides, to make sure your course is ready to go on the first day of class.

Know how to use Canvas: Learn enough about Canvas to do general course building. Use the resources listed in Canvas Training and Support section of this page to get started with Canvas.

Show your students how to use Canvas: Do not assume your students know how to use Canvas! Each instructor organizes their Canvas course differently, so it is crucial to show your students how to navigate and use your Canvas course. Consider adding the following Canvas resources for students in your course:

Canvas Training and Support Resources

Canvas support

Canvas help icon

Use the Help icon in Canvas to quickly access the Canvas Guides, Canvas 24/7 phone support number, and the Report a Problem web form. After logging into Canvas, locate the Help icon in the Global Navigation Menu.

Canvas guides

Canvas provides excellent, up-to-date online help resources.

Online tutorials

Get started with Canvas at anytime by using the following online training materials. Watch a Canvas FastTrack video, browse the Canvas instructor guides, or enroll in the @ONE self-paced Intro to Teaching with Canvas course.

Workshops and Webinars

individual training

One-on-one training Canvas is available by appointment or drop-in, in-person or online via ConferNow. Contact Courtney Diputado at cdiputado@losmedanos.edu or 925-473-7712 to schedule training. 

Variable Flex is available for Canvas training for the 2016-2017 academic year. Register through InSite.

districtwide trainings

Unable to attend a Canvas training at LMC? You can attend Canvas trainings at CCC and DVC - use the Flex calendar link to access a schedule of upcoming trainings and filter trainings by location.

Why Canvas?

 Colleges commonly evaluate their course management systems on a regular basis. The selection of Canvas by the California Community College Online Education Initiate (OEI) as its CMS, plus the announcement that it would be provided for use by colleges at no cost meant that we had an affordable option to D2L. Based on the extensive and thorough review of Canvas by the OEI's Common Course Management System Committee, Canvas can be considered a high-quality alternative to D2L.  

Features and benefits of canvas

  • Support - Canvas provides 24/7 phone support for students and faculty.
  • Reliable - Canvas is hosted by Amazon Web Services, with 99.9% uptime guaranteed.
  • Clean, simple layout - the intuitive user interface allows instructors to set up course content and tools with ease.
  • Communication - Students and faculty can respond to forwarded Canvas conversations via email or SMS text.
  • SpeedGrader - Instructors can view, annotate, comment on, and grade submissions without downloading and re-uploading files.
  • Canvas App for Android and iOS - Students can learn anytime, anywhere using their mobile device to easily check assignment deadlines, submit assignments, take quizzes/tests, and review grades.

Canvas selection process

Explore the following links for further information on the OEI's Canvas selection process and the 4CD CMS decision-making process: