immersive reader

The Immersive Reader is available when viewing pages in Canvas. The Immersive Reader provides a variety of tools and options to enhances one’s reading experience by improving accessibility and boosting reading comprehension.

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Terms in Canvas are set up to mirror the duration of our terms here at Bryant that are set by the Registrar’s office. This setting  enables classes to be active or concluded in Canvas during the duration of the term. When a class has concluded, it is available in read-only format to the instructor of that course. After a course has been concluded, students no longer have access to the course.

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sample canvas course layouts

Canvas can support different course layout styles:

  • Organized by pages
  • Organized by pages and modules
  • In-depth modules
  • and more

This site, thanks to our colleague Brian Blais who found this great resource, will show you interactive examples of these different course layouts styles.

Use them for inspiration when you design your own courses!

Blackboard to Canvas transition summary

Migrating your course materials to Canvas is a relatively straightforward process, but there are several critical steps that will insure a successful transition. Several of these need to be accomplished by the course owner as soon as possible, but definitely before June 30.

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Blackboard to Canvas migration information

When migrating from Blackboard to Canvas, you will notice that some of the terminology and structures in Canvas are different than the setup and terminology that you have seen in Blackboard. When moving content from Blackboard to Canvas, this means that your content will not transfer over exactly how it was in Blackboard, as the two Learning Management Systems are built differently.

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respondus lockdown browser!

Respondus Lockdown browser, a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system is now available in Canvas. You will find the link to the lockdown browser on your course menu.


We are pleased to announce that Panopto, our in-house video creation and management platform is now available in Canvas. To provision your course for Panopto, simply click on the “Panopto Video” link from your course menu.

We're moving to Canvas!

Academic Affairs and Information Services are pleased to announce the planned transition of our Learning Management System from Blackboard Ultra to Instructure Canvas, effective July 1, 2021. We’re extremely grateful to the many instructors and students who have piloted Canvas in their courses over three semesters – Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020. The feedback from these participants, who represented both Colleges and a range of course levels from Freshman to Seniors, was strongly in favor of Canvas over our current Bb system.

Without sacrificing any significant Bb functionality, Canvas offers a more user-friendly experience for students, staff, and faculty, and provides tools and features that can expand learning activities, improve assessment strategies, and provide new opportunities for collaboration. Program coordinators and Chairs will find the Outcomes Assessment features in Canvas particularly helpful in assessing course- and program level learning outcomes. Coordination of multi-section courses is also much easier for both instructors and course coordinators with tools to combine sections for to create “blueprints” for multiple sections. Canvas offers a mobile app that is huge improvement over that available for Blackboard.

This website is both the login portal to Canvas as well as the source for information on training, documentation, and user stories. It will continue to be developed over the next several months as we begin our transition process, but already contains details of the training opportunities that are available now. Training is available via an asynchronous self-paced “course”, online video tutorials, frequent ZOOM sessions, and as always, 1:1 consultations with CTE staff.

Transition will take place in several ways. Instructors can “export” their Blackboard course and “import” it into Canvas, a process that will require some post-import work to make the content fit into the Canvas architecture. Alternatively, you can “copy and paste” content from Bb into your Canvas course shell. Although we will not be in full production until July, we welcome any faculty that want to use Canvas in one or more course in Winter Session 2 and/or Spring 2021.