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Digital Campus (Canvas)

Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that is utilized by the Graziadio Business School to deliver graduate courses to online students. Canvas offers an intuitive experience for students, housing course materials, virtual meeting software for weekly "live" sessions, 24/7 technology support, and an overall enhanced online learning experience.

To familiarize yourself with Canvas, you will be automatically enrolled in a technology orientation module at the beginning of your graduate program. The orientation module will introduce you to the features of the platform along with tools that will be used in the new online environment. To ensure optimal preparation for the LMS, be sure to allocate 2-3 hours to complete the module. 

Embedded in Canvas is a video-conferencing software (Zoom), which will be used for your weekly synchronous (“live”) sessions, as well as any other virtual meeting you may need to hold with fellow classmates. Given the integral role of Zoom in ensuring a dynamic and interactive learning experience, you will be required to participate in a 45-minute synchronous technology tools training when you begin your online program.

 “Live” Synchronous Sessions

To maximize your learning and promote engagement between faculty and students, live (synchronous) sessions are required instructional elements of every online class, and real-time attendance and engagement is expected on a consistent basis. In addition, each live session will run for 90-minutes and be scheduled for one of the following time slots (California Time):

  • 5:15 - 6:45 PM
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM

To ensure the fulfillment of all course objectives and deliverables, faculty may require attendance at certain live sessions without exception. In cases where an absence from a session has been approved by the instructor, you will be assigned work to demonstrate mastery of the required content. Failure to complete this work will impact your grade.

 Course Access

Access to courses in Canvas will be made available 2 weeks prior to the start of each term. The syllabus and course materials will be posted in the individual Canvas course.

 Student Support

There is a dedicated, 24/7 Student Tech Support team to help troubleshoot any technical issues you encounter in Canvas, such as issues with the videos, course content, and live sessions. Your Academic Advisor will serve as your primary resource for program-related questions, requests, and guidance. You can find contact information for the Academic Advisement Team by clicking the Contact Us button to the left.

 Technical Support

If you are experiencing challenges related to Canvas or Zoom, please report them immediately! Technical support can be reached at (833) 740-1273 or at