Canvas LMS Updates

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Faculty Summer Pilot

The CTEI staff is working with faculty to launch the Canvas Summer Pilot. About 15 courses will be migrated to Canvas for the SU21 semester and those courses will be taught live in Canvas to students. The Canvas Summer Pilot is underway and we are no longer taking requests for the pilot. Thank you to all faculty who showed interest in the pilot and a big thank you to the faculty who are teaching in Canvas for the Summer term.



Accessing Canvas

Canvas can be accessed here or with the following URL: https://rushuniversity.instructure.com.

It’s a good idea to bookmark this URL to your web browser bookmarks bar. You will log in using your Rush username and password. If you are not able to log in, please be patient as we are working with Information Systems to create Canvas single sign on accounts for Rush University faculty and students.


Canvas Training

As the CTEI staff gears up to transition and train faculty on the features and tools in Canvas, we will be continually adding instructional videos and workshops to our CTEI YouTube channel. 

CTEI is offering several options for faculty to onboard and learn Canvas. These options offer faculty flexibility to participate in live or on-demand Canvas training.

On-demand options for Canvas training:

  • Growing with Canvas (Self-paced teacher training modules in Canvas where you are the student) - earn badges as you learn! Email CTEI@Rush.edu and one of our Instructional Designers will enroll you in the course and create a Sandbox course for you to practice what you learn in the Growing with Canvas course. 
  • CTEI Knowledge Base on our CTEI YouTube channel 
  • Visit our Canvas Tutorials page for CTEI Canvas videos and Canvas guides.

Live virtual workshop options for Canvas training:

  • Canvas Bootcamp - Longer training workshop (about 60-90 minutes) for intense training.
  • Open Lab Hours - Book an appointment and ask any questions you may have about Canvas. You can book an appointment with an Instructional Designer at our CTEI Open Lab Bookings page. You will need to log into O365 with your Rush email and password. These are one-to-one Canvas trainings for yourself or book an appointment with your department faculty. 
Visit our CTEI Training page for the Canvas workshop schedules. 

Canvas Faculty Champions

Please visit us often as we update this section on our upcoming Canvas Faculty Champions. 


How we came to our decision to transition to Canvas

Rush University began evaluating its current Learning Management System in early 2019 with the development of a committee made up of faculty, students, and staff members. The LMS Review Committee developed a survey to evaluate institutional needs with regards to a learning management system; one survey was sent to faculty and one to students. After the needs were established, a Request for Proposals was written. The final decision was made to move forward with Canvas in Fall 2020. 

Committee members:

Paula Jo Belice (CHS)
Beth Bolick (CON)
Melinda Earle (CHS & CON)
Aeja Jackson (Student)
Amber Kujath (CON)
Doug Kuperman (CHS)
Kathryn Osborne (CON)
Anna Semprit (IS)
Angela Solic (CTEI)
Tara-Ann Waller (Student)
Brenda Weddington (Registrar)
Matt West (CTEI)
Adam Wilson (MC)
Helen Wood (GC)