Blackboard & Canvas LMS

Blackboard

Blackboard is a longstanding learning management system that has helped faculty make better use of the Web in their classes. Blackboard at UT enables faculty and students to communicate and collaborate through real-time chats, threaded discussions, class e-mail, and online file exchanges. Faculty can create assessments and manage student grades, including the ability to import results from test scanning services. The community section of Blackboard allows departments and organizations to use these tools in a non-course environment.

Go to UT's Blackboard system (UTEID)

View UT's Blackboard support documentation, including step-by-step tutorials

Canvas

Canvas is a relatively new learning management system developed by Instructure Inc, designed for the 21st century learning environment. Clean and simple to use, it has highly robust and interconnected features that can extend teaching and learning beyond the limits of the physical classroom.

Canvas allows you to integrate multimedia course content, course communication, student assessments (quizzes, assignments, surveys, portfolios), and student grades to create a cohesive, connected virtual space for your class. You can track student progress, assign TAs for sections, input grades easily into the UT registrar’s system and even collaborate on documents within your courses. Canvas features a robust editor and quick discussion, video, audio and text chatting capabilities to help you easily connect with your TAs, students and other faculty. 
 
The University of Texas at Austin is currently evaluating the use of Canvas. To support our faculty during the evaluative phase, we've created the Canvas Training Center to help you find news, support, and training information. The training center contains modules to walk you through all of Canvas’ features. The training center has up-to-date information on our Canvas trainings and office hours, where we provide faculty with assistance on issues specific to their course. You can also read through our Canvas FAQs

Helpful Canvas Resources

The two main places you can learn more about Canvas are our Training Center Modules and the Canvas Project Site. For additional Canvas information check out: 

Canvas Support Team

For help implementing Canvas in your course, please email: ctl-canvas@utlists.utexas.edu