My Courses

What are Blackboard and Canvas?

Blackboard and Canvas are both web-based applications which allow instructors to put class materials on the Internet. They provide a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. Most courses at TWU use Blackboard. The basic tools used in either a Blackboard or Canvas course includes a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, email, announcements, grades, exams, and assignments.

If you have questions about Blackboard or Canvas and need technology assistance, contact the Technology Service Desk to request help.

Is my course in Blackboard or Canvas?

To access your Blackboard or Canvas course go to the My Courses page. The courses offered in Canvas are listed on the My Courses page.

  • Select the Blackboard Learn button to access a Blackboard course.
  • Select the Canvas button to access a Canvas course.

It is possible that you could have both Blackboard and Canvas courses.

Course Availability

Online instructors must make the course “available” in order for you to access the content. Most do this on the first day of classes or a few days before. If you cannot access your online course on the first day of classes, contact your instructor.

Privacy in Blackboard and Canvas

Access to certain pages in Blackboard is recorded on an individual basis, and course instructors can view these individual access statistics. Students should also be familiar with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a law relating to the accessibility of student information.

Pioneer Portal

Pioneer Portal is the official communication system of the University. Pioneer Portal can be used to:

  • Register for your courses
  • See your official schedule
  • See your final grades