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CSUN has moved to Canvas!

For immediate assistance, visit the Faculty Canvas Support page

CSUN has transitioned to Canvas -- a modern, open, user-friendly teaching and learning platform for today's faculty and students.   

All courses from 2016 and 2017 were automatically migrated from Moodle to Canvas. 

The CSUN Canvas environment is available at Log in using your CSUN user ID and password. This transition does not apply to Tseng College courses.


Background. CSUN had been on Moodle since 2009. Since then, learning management systems (LMS) have evolved, offering increased usability, features and integrations with other eLearning tools. In Spring 2016, as part of the system-wide evaluation of LMSs, Provost Li invited a group of CSUN faculty to evaluate and recommend whether CSUN should consider an alternative to Moodle. The majority said yes, and the favored LMS was Canvas.

Support. CSUN faculty will receive support from the Faculty Technology Center (FTC). Check out CSUN’s Faculty Canvas Support Website for resources on getting started in Canvas and receiving additional support. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key features of Canvas?

Canvas has all the features of a modern learning management system including the ability to accept and grade assignments, conduct discussions in forums, administer quizzes and exams, store and organize course resources, communicate with students, etc. Canvas has multiple grading tools including rubrics, audio/video feedback and a dedicated grading app. Students can access course materials, view course calendars, to do lists and set their own preferences to receive notifications on their mobile devices.

Is there a mobile app for Canvas that we can use?

Yes, the Canvas by Instructure app is available on Android devices and on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10 or newer. After downloading the app, enter CSUN's Canvas URL to access the mobile app. The URL is See the Canvas mobile guides for more information.

What are the similarities and differences between Canvas and Moodle?

The California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative created a comprehensive guide comparing tools available in Moodle and their equivalent in Canvas. It also includes instructions, how-to guides and examples.

Will external tools like Turnitin and Respondus still work in Canvas?

Canvas supports many external tools including Turnitin and Respondus so faculty will be able to continue to use these applications in their courses. In addition, there are new external apps available within Canvas such as the ability to directly embed YouTube, Wikipedia, Educreations, Khan Academy, etc.

Is there a recommended browser for Canvas?

Canvas is accessible with any Web-standard browser, including the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Respondus Lockdown Browser. See this Canvas guide on supported browsers for more information about operating system, browser and device requirements.

What are the accessibility features in Canvas?

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a tool used to evaluate Canvas' conformance with Section 508 accessibility standards. View the Canvas Voluntary Product Accessibility Template and guide on Accessibility within Canvas for information on screen readers, browsers, keyboard shortcuts, and accessibility within specific Canvas features.

What can I do now to learn more about Canvas?

Canvas provides extensive user support resources including video tutorials, how-to guides and documentation, and instructor training courses. Canvas hosts a number of Community Forums for reviewing answers to previously asked questions, posting new questions, and voting up enhancement requests.

Here are some recommended resources: