Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Canvas Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We call them “sandboxes.” Just email and request it.

Canvas has all the features of a typical 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 mobile devices or laptop/desktops. Canvas has a course calendar that automatically displays assignments and events from all courses in one place. These calendar entries can be synced with other web service calendars such as Outlook.

Yes. Your Bronco credentials will be used to log in to Canvas. You sign into Canvas at or via MyCPP.

Yes. Instructors and TA’s can download the Canvas Teacher App for iPhone, iPad or Android devices, while students can download the Canvas iOS Student App for iPhone and iPad or Android Canvas App.

Blackboard is no longer available to use for classes. Faculty can access Blackboard through at least December 2022. Students are no longer able to access Blackboard. Blackboard access will end for good in June 2023, with no ability to extend the time.

As of June 30, 2023, Cal Poly Pomona's contract with Blackboard will be over. After June 30, 2023, Cal Poly Pomona will have no access to Blackboard.

Cal Poly Pomona will maintain the legally required 7 years of LMS archives. This currently includes 1 year of Canvas and 6 years of Blackboard. In 2022-2023 the archive will include 2 years of Canvas and the oldest year of Blackboard will drop off.

IT&IP cannot provide Blackboard archive retrieval for individuals. Therefore, faculty and staff are encouraged to retrieve their own materials and archive student work for themselves.

Visit CAFE's Transitioning from Blackboard page.

Through December 2022, faculty can request Blackboard courses to be re-enabled for specific, individual students for the purpose of resolving incomplete grades. Please email with the request.

You bet! 

Please contact us through our request form, indicating some days and times that would work for your department.

• Email
• Contact Studio 6 at 909-869-3099 or by email at See the Studio 6 website for our current hours of operation.

Canvas has lots of student-facing resources through their Canvas Student Guides. Your professor can also help you. If your professor can’t help you, please contact the IT Service Desk.