Training and Resources


What is Canvas?

Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) that has consistently been rated highly for its student-centered model and the overall student experience and is recognized by faculty for its ease of use and its high-quality mobile user interface. Canvas was selected to replace Blackboard as Xavier's LMS.

Why Canvas?

Canvas will allow us to implement Xavier’s strategy for anytime, anywhere, any-platform, and any-device learning. This move will significantly enhance our capability to deliver high quality online, flipped, and hybrid courses, as well as enrich our resources to support our more traditional face-to-face courses. We believe that the switch to Canvas will support Xavier’s student learning experience at the level of excellence that we demand today and, as importantly, that it will provide what we will need for tomorrow.

Canvas Transition Timeline

  • Fall 2013: First courses are taught in Canvas
  • Spring 2014: Most courses should be taught in Canvas
  • April 15: Interface between Banner and Blackboard will be terminated. After this date, faculty will have to manually Add/Drop students from their Blackboard course.
  • Starting April 15: Summer and Fall Courses will be automatically created ONLY in Canvas
  • May 1: Last day to begin teaching a course in Blackboard (must be complete by May 17)
  • May 17: The last day to actively teach a course in Blackboard
  • May 19th: Summer sessions begin, which must be taught in Canvas
  • May 12 - May 23: Two week intercession, which must be taught in Canvas
  • June 1, 2014: All data that faculty wants to retain must be retrieved by faculty. Blackboard is no longer available

How do I get started?

As the countdown above displays, Blackboard will be going away on June 1st.  If you have any Blackboard course content that you would like to import into Canvas (or backup for future use), you will need to make sure that your content is exported from Blackboard by the June 1st deadline when Blackboard is turned off.  Simple text and video instructions for backing up your Blackboard course content and importing the content into Canvas can be found here.  If you do not feel comfortable exporting the content yourself, you can request to have your Blackboard content moved to Canvas by filling out the form here.  Please note that it may take up to 5 business days for your Blackboard course content to be transferred over to Canvas after submitting your request.

To get started with Canvas, sign in here: (use your regular Xavier login credentials)

For Canvas training, please refer to the "Canvas Basics for Faculty" course under your Courses menu in Canvas.  Canvas Basics is a self-guided training course that will teach you everything you need to know to get started using Canvas and to begin building your course.

If you would like to schedule a Canvas open lab session or attend an upcoming Canvas workshop, please refer to the links in the left navigation of this page.  Additional Canvas forms and helpful links can also be found in the left navigation.



  • Daniel Wooddell, Instructional Technologist, Instructional Design & Technology

For additional Canvas help, feel free to take advantage of the 24/7 phone support we have with Canvas.  You can reach a Canvas support specialist anytime at 855-778-9967.  The Xavier help desk can also assist you with many general Canvas questions.