Welcome to eLearning at Lake Washington Institute of Technology! Canvas, by Instructure, is the primary learning platform (LMS) used at LWIT. Within Canvas, instructors also have access to use Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing, and Tegrity lecture capture software. Instructors use Canvas to post course materials, communicate with students, schedule assignments and accept online submissions, conduct quizzes, and post grades.
If you are a new instructor at LWIT and would like a Canvas account, please email email@example.com with your full @lwtech.edu email address and your employee identification number. Every course at LWIT has a Canvas Quarterly Shell automatically created about one month prior to the quarter start. Students are enrolled in the Quarterly Shells about one week prior to the quarter start.
How to Access Canvas
Canvas works best in Firefox and Chrome. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer with Canvas.
- Point your Browser to http://lwtech.instructure.com.
- Instructors and staff: User ID is your full @lwtech.edu email address and password is your SID number.
- Students: User ID is their SID number and password is the first 6 letters of their last name. If they don't have 6 letters in their last name, repeat the letters from the beginning until they get to 6. (Lu = lululu, Smith = smiths)
Instructor Canvas Training
We recommend you attend or participate in online Canvas training prior to using it with students. Even if you have used other learning platforms, it's important to learn the features that are different in Canvas.
We conduct a variety of training sessions throughout the quarter. Please check the calendar at http://elearning.lwtech.edu. You can also schedule an individual Canvas Quick Start consultation, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructors can enroll in our self-paced online Canvas training at https://lwtech.instructure.com/courses/847994 at any time during the quarter.
Student Canvas Orientation
Students can take the online Canvas Student Orientation at https://lwtech.instructure.com/courses/825671 without even logging in. You can share the link with your students. It is also available from the Help menu in Canvas and from a link at the bottom of every Canvas screen. Students who need additional support can stop by the eLearning office in E225 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
We create Canvas quarterly shells for all courses, and about 50% of our courses use Canvas. Instructors who wish to use Canvas with students must Publish their courses when they are ready for students to access them. Instructors should also include a text or video explanation of how they will use Canvas with students, or demonstrate it for the students in class.
How to get Canvas Help
There is a Help link at the top right corner of every Canvas screen. If you are experiencing an issue with Canvas, please click the Help link and use the Report a Problem link to report the issue. Please do this on the page where you are experiencing the problem, so we can quickly locate the issue.
For general eLearning questions, please email us at email@example.com. We also help students and instructors by appointment and walk-in at our office in E225 Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.
What to do if you don't see your classes in Canvas:
Quarterly course shells are created automatically about one month before the quarter starts. If you are able to log into Canvas but don't see the courses you're teaching, please try the following.
1. Check Instructor Briefcase:
https://webapps.lwtech.edu/wts/ibc/index.html Make sure your courses are listed in Instructor Briefcase. If you don't see them listed, check with the department to make sure you are listed as the lead instructor in SMS. Instructors who are co-teaching have access to add additional instructors by inviting them from the People page in the course.
2. If you see your courses in Instructor Briefcase and you still can't find them in Canvas, please email eLearning at eLearning@lwtech.edu and include the four digit item numbers of the courses in question.
E225 Computer Lab
Instructors are welcome to use the computers in E225 to work on their eLearning courses between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday - Friday as long as the room is not scheduled for other events. Please check the calendar at http://elearning.lwtech.edu to make sure the lab is not booked before you arrive. The computers are reserved for instructors and are not available for student use. If you anticipate needing more than 15 minutes of personal assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with one of our Instructional Technologists.