May 6, 2016 FAC/STAFF

Canvas End of Term Information

New User Interface (UI)
Canvas will be updated with a new user interface on May 13, after the conclusion of the last scheduled final exam. The new interface can be previewed on the JCU Canvas test environment located at using your normal Canvas username and password. Any changes you make on the test environment will not be applied to the live production environment, so feel free to experiment!

Course Conclude Dates
Canvas is set to automatically “conclude” courses at the end of each term in order to make the system most effective for instructors and students. Concluding a course means that all users in the course will have read-only access to the course. For students, all Spring 2016 courses are set to conclude on May 18. For instructors, all Spring 2016 courses will conclude on May 31.

– Faculty wanting to keep a course open longer for their students can do so by manually changing their course end date, which will override the default May 18 course end date. Learn more:

– Instructors can also keep a course open for individual students (for purposes of finishing an incomplete grade, etc.) by manually creating a new course section (and section end date) populated only with the individual student(s) who need access. Learn more:

For assistance, please contact the Center for Digital Media (CDM) at (extension 4930) or the Help Desk at (extension 3005). Additional information is also available on the CDM website at