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 Canvas Transition Information for Faculty



After 9 years of using Sakai, South Alabama is changing its learning management system (LMS). It’s “Bye Bye Sakai” and “Hello Canvas”. The Innovation in Learning Center within the Office of Academic Affairs has recommended Canvas after an 8-month review process that included vendor demonstrations, hands-on testing by a campus task force of faculty, staff and students and conversations with other institutions who have made the transition from Sakai. By moving to Canvas, the university community will be able to access a modern LMS with intuitive tools for building courses and learning with them, mobile apps for faculty and students, easier collaboration and feedback using multimedia tools and enhanced grading capabilities. 

Please note: Due to the ILC response to COVID-19, migration activities are being placed on hold; no additional summer migration requests are able to be accommodated at this time.

Sakai to Canvas Cheat Sheet

 Canvas Fundamentals Face-to-Face Faculty Training Course

  • Due to COVID-19 all Face-to-Face Canvas Training sessions have been canceled until further notice. If you are in need of Canvas Training please signup for the Online course.

Upcoming Faculty Trainings (registration will open on the first of the month for which the course is offered)

  • April 21 (12:30pm - 4:30) Tuesday
  • May 1 (9am - 1pm) Friday
  • May 5 (12:30pm - 4:30pm) Tuesday
  • May 19 (12:30pm - 4:30pm) Tuesday

All Training Sessions will be in the ILC Classroom, please bring a laptop computer

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  Canvas Fundamentals for Faculty Fully Online Course 

Please register using the form below and select which month you would like to begin training. Completion of the final module of training should be completed no later than the last day of the month you choose. Upon signing up here, you will be enrolled in the course (within three business days) and an email with instructions for getting started will be sent to you. Once registered the training course can be found by visiting Canvas LMS. Please login using your complete Jag # (J00123456) and email password.

  Click here to enroll in Online Training Course

Sakai Course Migration Information

  • You will have access to Sakai until December 31, 2020.
  • Please visit the USAonline Resources page (see section "Backing Up in Sakai") for helpful guides on backing up or downloading your resources and content from Sakai.
  • We will migrate sites from Sakai that use tools to deliver content and facilitate student interaction beyond the Syllabus and Resources tools.
  • Please be sure to list all of the courses regardless of semester that you will need in the Canvas LMS.

                                                           Click here to submit a course for migration


Request a Personalized Course Site

The Canvas LMS does not allow instructors or students to create Personalized Course Site/s (AKA Project Sites in Sakai). These type of sites will require the manual addition of participants by the requestor (the site is not linked to Paws/Banner). In order for this request to be fulfilled, please explain the purpose and intended use that goes beyond a simple file repository. If you intend to use this for file storage and sharing, please consider other tools the University provides, such as Google Drive.


Click here to submit a request for Personalized Course Site/s

   Timeline for Canvas