Frequently Asked Questions

  • Canvas is a web-based Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a feature-rich, student-centered intuitive learning environment. It is an open and reliable software that will allow KGI to manage digital learning, faculty to create and present online learning materials and assess student learning, and students to engage in courses and receive feedback about skill development and learning achievement.

  • KGI is switching from Sakai to Canvas in an effort to modernize and streamline learning. Canvas is regularly praised for its ease of use and intuitive design. Faculty and students have consistently given feedback that they desire a learning management system that is both simple and effective, and we believe that Canvas fits these criteria.

  • Faculty

    • Accept and grade assignments
    • Conduct discussions in forums
    • Administer quizzes and exams
    • Store and organize course resources
    • Communicate with students
    • Utilize multiple grading tools including rubrics, audio/video feedback, and a dedicated grading app


    • Access course materials
    • View course calendars and to-do lists
      • Course calendars can automatically display assignments and events from all courses in one place.
      • These calendar entries can be synced with other web service calendars such as Outlook
    • Set your own preferences to receive notifications on mobile devices or laptop/desktops

    Read more about what you can do on Canvas

  • All courses in SPHS programs will be on Canvas beginning this fall semester, but only some courses offered through the Riggs School will be in Canvas. Unfortunately at this time, we cannot say which of the courses will be in Canvas. However, accessing Canvas will be seamless if you are already in Sakai, as we have integrated the login process: log into one via CAS, and you are logged into the other.

  • Yes, but only until the end of July 2022. If you have created specialized resources on a personal Sakai site, we encourage you to download and archive those. Throughout this coming academic year, however, you will be able to access any Sakai site you are enrolled in.

    If you have questions or concerns, please contact the KGI Help Desk.

  • Accessing Canvas is the same as logging into the KGI or TCC network. Use the following instructions to log into Canvas:

    1. Go to (we suggest you bookmark this URL)
    2. Select Keck Graduate Institute in the drop-down menu
    3. Type in your Username in the format of
      Do NOT use the format
    4. If the Canvas login failed, try to login to Sakai, Box, or Empower to verify the credentials are working as expected

    You are then directed to the CAS login page. Upon entering your credentials, including Institution, if it’s a first-time login to CAS, a Cookies Policy page opens. You must accept Cookies by placing a checkmark in the Box and press Okay. From there, you will be logged directly into Canvas.

  • For most everyone, it’s the first initial plus last name plus “”. Some at KGI have been at the Institute long enough that their username is limited to eight characters.

    For faculty and staff, one way to be sure is to open Outlook, put your name in a To or CC field, double-click it to bring up a pop up window, where you will find your username labeled as “Chat”. To the right side of your username, there is a multi-document icon, which if you click it, you’ll copy your username into memory for pasting into the CAS login page.

  • At the moment, the best way to receive Canvas help is to send an email to the KGI help desk, where Danny Zamora will assist you.

    You should be ready to provide:

    • Your Name
    • Your Empower ID number
    • The school and program at KGI you are associated with
    • A course number and course title that you will soon teach (faculty ONLY)
      • Staff will be provided with a practice course shell to work in while learning Canvas.

    The latter item is to make the time you spend learning Canvas used by building resources you will use in a course. Further, you can send an email to George to arrange for Zoom sessions to get you started. He will be taking vacation towards the end of June into July, so plan to connect soon.