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.

  • Self-paced training is available now. Contact the KGI Help Desk to request access to the Canvas 101 course and to set up a practice course to use for learning (or to prepare an actual course).

    Further, two additional strategies are being added to support faculty and staff learning to use Canvas. 

    1. An enhancement to the current self-paced course includes a script to guide new users into learning the technical skills. The scripts may be varied to accommodate how employees will work with Canvas.
    2. Live sessions will be available during specific days and times in the last two weeks in July. (See schedule below).
    • July 20, 21, 22, and July 26, 27, 28, and 29. All sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and will run for 90 minutes.
  • A long-term sub-project of the Canvas implementation at KGI includes migrating up to 200 courses from Sakai into Canvas through a contract with an external company. A KGI faculty team has collaborated over seven months to initially determine the selection of courses to migrate (since there is a limit) and to conduct quality reviews on initial test runs of the process. The team is now ready to begin the final step, which will see a maximum of 200 courses be migrated using this approach. The final processing run is expected to launch in the coming days and within a week or two, these courses will be made available to faculty and staff when they log into Canvas. Contact the KGI Help Desk for updates.

    The migration of course sites will facilitate course preparation for fall term delivery.

  • A self-paced course is under development and will be finalized by the end of July. This course will be rolled out in close coordination with onboarding sessions being planned across Riggs School and SPHS and with Student Affairs. Details on how to access the course will be added to this page when ready.