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Canvas Catalog is an integrated course registration, course payment system, and online learning platform that supports continuing education and professional development. Canvas Catalog allows learners to browse a catalog of courses, register, pay online, and gain immediate access for just-in time self-paced learning. Once logged in, Canvas Catalog offers users the same interface and the same built-in Canvas tools — such as Quizzes, Assignments, Speedgrader, and Chat — as UBC’s original Canvas platform.

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Getting started How do I get started?

Browse free Canvas Catalog courses at UBC:

Important: If you already have a UBC Campus Wide Login (CWL) account, we suggest that you use your CWL to login. If you do not have a CWL, during course registration you will be prompted to create a local Canvas login using your email address. Once you have a local Canvas login or CWL, you can continue using it for future course registrations.

What is the difference between Canvas Catalog and Canvas?

Canvas Catalog is a combination of an integrated course registration and payment system that works alongside Canvas. Once registration and payment is made, learners will be immediately enrolled and will gain access to their Canvas course.

The difference between Canvas Catalog and Canvas is that Canvas Catalog ( works alongside a new instance of Canvas ( that is completely separate from Canvas (, which is UBC’s original Canvas platform. When you log into Canvas Catalog for the first time, a new separate identity will be created for you.

What tools can instructors use with Canvas Catalog?

Canvas Catalog comes preloaded with numerous useful internal tools:

  • SpeedGrader allows you to view, score, and provide audio, video or written feedback on learner submissions. And using the Canvas mobile app, you can grade on the go.
  • Notification preferences can be adapted to suit your preferences. For each type of course notification — announcements, due date changes, discussion replies, and more — you can control how often you receive notifications.
  • The Chat tool allows learners and teachers to interact in real time.
  • A syllabus is automatically generated for each course, based on assignments and events within that course. The syllabus area in Canvas allows instructors not only to post the content of their syllabus, but also displays an assignments summary section displaying all assignments.
  • Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with all learners in a course, an individual learner, or a group of learners.
  • Pages are used to store course content and other educational resources. All Canvas Pages are actually “wiki” pages, so the Pages feature serves the same function as a dedicated wiki tool. Benefits include revisions history and shared authoring between learners and instructors.
  • Modules allow you to organize course content, creating a one-directional linear flow that guides learners through the path they should take in your course.
  • ePortfolios allow users to collect and document educational projects, submissions, experiences, and other work. This content can be made public or private.

Available support What support is available?

Numerous resources are available to help the UBC community navigate Canvas Catalog.

Support for Instructors

Canvas Catalog workshops, online training and tutorials, and one-on-one support are available to all UBC instructors. Instructors are invited to call, email, or visit the Learning Technology Support Hub to talk to a staff member who can answer your questions about moving to or using Canvas Catalog.

Support for Learners

Since Canvas Catalog uses an instance of Canvas for courses, please see the full list of Canvas training and support resources, as well as UBC’s Canvas website for students for support.

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