Learning technology

Canvas learning management system

Learning management systems (LMSs) provide an online space for course content, along with tools for course administration and interaction between instructors and students.

Canvas is SFU’s institutional learning management system. Canvas was selected through an extensive evaluative process. It is an exciting, open-source platform that emphasizes flexibility and easy integration with social media and emerging technologies. Best of all, Canvas facilitates participation in a way that opens new teaching and learning opportunities for instructors and students. It is a demonstration of SFU's ongoing commitment to boldness, openness and engagement.

Help for instructors

You can learn more about Canvas at www.sfu.ca/canvas.

Contact the Teaching and Learning Centre's Learning Technology team at learntech@sfu.ca to book a one-on-one consultation.

Help for students

Canvas self-help resources for students are available at www.sfu.ca/canvas.

Additional Canvas support for students is available at the IT help desks on all three campuses.

Distance education courses

If you are using Canvas for a distance education course, visit codehelp.sfu.ca or contact your program director (see code.sfu.ca/aboutus/staff.html).

Other LMS platforms at SFU

Some instructors and departments prefer to use other learning management systems besides Canvas. Although the University does not provide institutional support services for these platforms, some information and assistance is available at the links below.


The Learning Online Network with Computer Assisted Personalized Approach (LON-CAPA) platform is an advanced, award-winning, web-based course management system maintained by IT Services and used for a number of chemistry, math and statistics courses at SFU. Get information about LON-CAPA at SFU.

March 19, 2018