We have gotten a number of requests from Faculty asking to have access to try out Canvas. Currently, the pilot version that the USF system is testing has a limited number of user accounts and we are not permitted to grant access. However, there is a way for you to test Canvas using the free trial on Instructure’s website. Sign up for a free account on the Canvas Trial Registration Page. Click on “I’m a Teacher” to start the registration process.
Although there have been some discussions about customizing certain features specifically for the USF System, the version you can interact with through the free trial is the exact version that is being piloted with our university. It will give you a basic understanding of the tools within Canvas and help you to brainstorm course design and development ideas for when the time comes to convert your courses.
You can even import the USFSP Course Template [ZIP] that was developed by Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services using the Settings menu in the trial version. For more information on how to import this template, or how to use any of the features in Canvas, be sure to attend one of our Great Migration training sessions.
Anything you create in the trial version will import into the full version that the USF System implements, so feel free to start designing content and activities for your courses!