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Accessing Canvas for Instruction: Employees

Last Updated: May 30, 2019 09:28PM PDT

Training is required to use South Seattle’s Canvas learning management system (lms) to teach classes. Training is required, regardless of whether the class is online, hybrid or web-enhanced/face-to-face. We also accept equivalent training or demonstrated experience from other institutions.

There are three ways to gain instructional access to Canvas:

  1. Complete WA SBCTC's Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas
  2. Complete an equivalent training at another institution
  3. Demonstrate competency by course submission

Washington State Board Community Technical College (WA SBCTC) Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas

  New sessions start each month. Review Canvas 101 training dates here!

This 3-week, asynchronous, online course is designed for faculty and staff who have never used the Canvas learning management system or who are just getting started using Canvas. Participants are introduced to the basic instructional features in Canvas such as Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, Content Pages, Modules, Grade book, and much more. 

The time commitment for this course is approximately 20 hours but individual time contributions will vary depending on participant familiarity with learning management systems and degree of computer savvy. 

For more information about WA SBCTC training, please email Alissa Sells at 

Complete an equivalent training at another institution

If you have completed equivalent training at another institution, we may waive significant portions of the required Canvas training.

Most of Washington state's community and technical colleges add the names of instructors who have completed their Canvas training to a live statewide shared spreadsheet. You can check this list for your name, but even if your name isn’t on it, your training may still exempt you from part of the required training. 

We frequently accept training completed at the following institutions: 

  • North Seattle College - must be the complete training for online instruction, not a one-on-one session 
  • Seattle Central College - must be the complete online training, not the face-to-face sessions
  • Highline College
  • Bellevue College - must be the Canvas 101 course offered through the Faculty Commons; the required access quiz is not equivalent

How to submit prior training for evaluation

Submit a ticket here, by clicking on the “Contact Us” link on this page. Include the following information in the description:

  • Let us know that you are requesting an account for Canvas and have completed training elsewhere.
  • The name of the institution where you completed training
  • The approximate date of training
  • If the institution is outside of Washington’s community and technical college system, include contact information and title for someone at the institution who can confirm your training

eLearning staff will confirm your training and inform you about next steps. 

Demonstrate competency by course submission

You may submit a course of your own design for evaluation by eLearning staff. Note that this should be a course that you constructed, not a course developed by someone else that you taught.

Step 1

Submit a ticket here, by clicking on the “Contact Us” link on this page. Indicate in the description that you are requesting a Canvas account for instruction and would like to submit a course for evaluation. 

Step 2

eLearning staff will create a Canvas account for you and an empty course shell. You will need to upload the content of your course to this shell. 

Step 3

Complete the Instructor portion of the Competency Evaluation Form, which you can find attached to this article. Submit the form by attaching it to a reply to the email thread for the ticket you created in step 1. 

Step 4

eLearning staff will evaluate the course and supply you with a copy of the completed form. You will also be informed about next steps, including how to complete any additional required modules. 

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