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Canvas Faculty Support

Updated, May 17, 2023

The IDT team has curated several Canvas-related resources for faculty that can be accessed via the menus below. We expect to add significantly more resources as this project develops, so please check back on this webpage frequently. In addition, you can opt in to the IDT team's weekly newsletter through which we'll post most of our Canvas-related updates and information. To join the newsletter mailing list, please email your request to

Stay current on the Canvas transition, Blackboard updates, alerts, online learning tips, and more by visiting the UHCL Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Blog. Please email any Canvas-related questions to either or

Canvas LMS Transition News and General Resources

On October 24, 2022, Dr. Maynard announced UHCL's selection of Instructure Canvas to become the university's new learning management system (LMS), replacing Blackboard Learn by the SP24 semester. OIT's Instructional Design and Technology team is already preparing for faculty training and support for the new system, as announced in our Canvas LMS "Special Edition" Newsletter.

As of May 12, 2023, we're gearing up for the initial "soft launch" of Canvas by the university's SU23 Canvas early adopters. Below are some statistics regarding SU23 courses in Canvas:

  • 31 Faculty Early Adopters
  • 83 Classes/Sections Using Canvas
  • 668 Unduplicated Student Headcount in Canvas
  • 733 Student Enrollments in Class Using Canvas (Duplicated Headcount)

In preparation for SU23 Canvas courses, the IDT team has completed the following tasks:

  • Created blank Canvas shells for all SU23 courses/sections using Canvas and added instructors to those shells. 
  • Manually updated student enrollments (adds and drops) for all SU23 Canvas shells.
  • Coordinated with our OIT colleagues in other business units to get a Canvas tile in QuickLaunch ( deployed and made visible only to faulty early adopters and students enrolled in SU23 Canvas courses.
  • Created a new Canvas Student Support page to provide resources and support information for learners in SU23 Canvas classes.
  • Added all students enrolled in SU23 Canvas courses to the online Canvas training course within our Canvas PROD environment (we'll continue to update those rolls as we update Canvas student enrollments over the coming weeks).

General Canvas Transition Resources

Canvas Early Adopter Information and Resources

As of May 17, 2023, the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) has processed requests for 127 faculty/staff members wishing to be Canvas early adopters, teaching in Canvas in either the SU23 or FA23 semesters. All four colleges are well represented in all three early adopter cohorts.

The IDT team continues to accept requests from faculty who are interested in being a Canvas early adopter in the FA23 term. Please use our online Canvas Pilot Program Online Application to submit your request to join the FA23 cohort today! Both existing and new early adopters may find the following resources useful as you prepare to use Canvas.

Canvas "Crash Course" Video Tutorials

The IDT team creates short "crash course" videos for the many tools we support. Shown below are those we've generated for our new learning management system, Canvas. If you would like to see a "crash course" video on a specific Canvas topic, please email your  request to We'd love to create a new tutorial for you!

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Team

Through training, documentation, and consultation, the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Team supports faculty in identifying, evaluating, and implementing instructionally appropriate software tools to deliver and support face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online learning. We also provide ongoing technical support for university-approved applications and tools for web-based teaching and learning, thereby facilitating the creation and maintenance of easily navigable, well developed, accessible, high-quality web-based instructional environments for our users – the faculty, staff, and students of University of Houston-Clear Lake. Please see our team's blog for more information.



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