On April 27, 2017, the Fullerton College Faculty Senate voted to join the Online Education Initiative and to adopt Canvas permanently as the campus learning management system (LMS). Click here to learn more about the Online Education Initiative.
Accessing Canvas Course Shells
Canvas course shells will be automatically generated for all courses on campus going forward. All courses means every course, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. All instructors (not just those who teach online) will automatically have course shells in any given semester that they are teaching.
Instructors do not have to ask to use Canvas. Once you are in the FC Canvas system, you will always have access to it, even in semesters when you may not have courses. (You would only not be in the system right now if you did not teach courses in Spring 2017). You can also create new course shells to use as sandboxes or for department or other group use.
Summer 2017: The deadline we have set to have the summer shells ready is June 1, 2017. Most likely, you will access Canvas the same way in MyGateway as before: MyGateway, Fullerton Tab, scroll down to the Canvas icon. However, District IS may add a Canvas icon next to the Blackboard icon. Blackboard will be phased out completely on May 30, 2018.
Faculty and students can securely access Canvas outside of MyGateway by going to
Login using your MyGateway user name and password.
Copying Course Content
You can easily copy Blackboard courses and Canvas courses alike into new Canvas course shells. If you taught courses in Spring 2017, you are already in the FC Canvas system. Even if you did not use the system before, you are in the already system automatically. Access your courses by logging into MyGateway, Fullerton tab, scroll down to the Canvas icon, or go to fullcoll.instructure.com and use your MyGateway login information.
You can make your own sandbox shells by clicking on “Start a New Course.” Any courses that you create on your own will not have a roster, but you can work in them as much as you like, and then copy them over to the real course shells when they are ready. Or, if you create a course to use for a department or program group, you can easily invite users by email under People. So even if you are not teaching this summer, you can get started on Fall 2017 course content by using one of these options:
1) by working in the Spring 2017 courses that are already there, 2) creating new courses in Canvas to use as sandboxes, 3) or use the free Canvas account at canvas.instructure.com. Use the “Build It” option.
Canvas Help Line
Canvas provides a 24/7 helpline to faculty and students.
or click on the Help/? icon on the Canvas dashboard to chat or send an email.
Look on the District-wide Staff Development Calendar (MyGateway, employee tab) to sign up for on-campus training in Canvas over the summer.
Three 2-day workshops in Canvas will be offered over the summer of 2017. These are designed for those who need to become familiar with Canvas, or who would like to repeat the introductory course. Fullerton College will no longer be doing any training in Blackboard, but the DE Manager will be providing some support for Blackboard for those who have already been using it. Plan to switch to Canvas before Blackboard is phased out on May 30, 2018.
Blackboard Phased out on May 30, 2018
The Blackboard system at Fullerton College will operate the same way until it is phased out on May 30, 2018. This means that online and hybrid courses will automatically be generated, but face-to-face courses will be coded by division admins upon request.
Online Training Resources in Canvas
If instructors wish to make an appointment for one-on-one coaching, see the Contact Us page of this website.
Adding SI Leaders, Teaching Assistants, and Observers to Canvas
Any outside observers or those who are not enrolled through the Banner system must be added by the system administrator. Email Dr. Lisa Montagne @ email@example.com.