Canvas Transition Timeline 

Why Canvas?

Cal Maritime will begin the transition of its primary LMS from BrightSpace to Canvas starting Fall 2022. The two systems will run alongside one another during Spring, Summer, and Fall, with Canvas, fully implemented next Spring 2024. BrightSpace will not be available for live courses after Fall 2023. Canvas will position Cal Maritime for the future by supporting its pedagogical needs, mobile features, and complying with accessibility requirements.


Timeline Table 

Spring 2023 

Summer 2023 

Fall 2023 

Spring 2024 

BrightSpace & Canvas 

BrightSpace & Canvas 

BrightSpace & Canvas 

Only Canvas 


Moving To The New Canvas Learning Management System 

  • Beginning in Spring 2023, faculty can choose to teach with Canvas or BrightSpace.
  • All course shells will be added to Canvas & BrightSpace in the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. You choose which LMS you want to use and inform your students of your choice. You can safely ignore the course shell you are not using.
  • The "Instructor of Record" will have a Course Shell in Canvas only - starting Spring 2024. 
  • 24/7 support, for faculty, is available within Canvas > (?) Help Button. 

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We recognize that this effort requires time and energy, and we will provide support to help ease the transition. Thank you for your support in this campus-wide endeavor. During this time, the Academic Technology (AT) department will provide online resources, workshops, virtual consultations, and email support. Additionally, we also have 24/7 email/phone support by Instructure (Canvas) and automated migration of BrightSpace courses into Canvas. 

Some Helpful Canvas Support Resources

Canvas Guides & Support
SpeedGrader Video
Assignment Overview Video
Peer Review Overview Video
Gradebook Overview Video
Group Collaboration Video

Sandbox Shells 

Beginning in Fall 2022, "sandbox" shells will be created for each instructor within the "Sandbox" sub-account (folder) on our Canvas site. These are available for you to try out various features of Canvas without needing to use a real course. Sandbox courses can be reset to their default layout at any time and sandbox content can easily be imported into a live course with only a few clicks.

If you would like an additional Test (Sandbox) shell, you can request one via the additional sandbox shell request form. 


Canvas Release Notes 

Canvas is an LMS created and managed by and they perform regular updates and enhancements to Canvas monthly. The Release Notes are available for anyone to see.  



Please email if you have any migration questions, questions about Canvas, or general questions about the LMS.