Online Education Center

Canvas Certification

De Anza College will switch from using Catalyst (Moodle) to Canvas as the college standard course management system for online and other courses during the 2016-17 school year. Faculty may continue to use Catalyst through Spring 2017 if they wish, but Canvas will be available beginning Winter 2017 and faculty who wish to use the college standard CMS should plan to transition their courses to Canvas by Summer 2017.

You must complete Canvas Certification before you can use Canvas with your students.

Canvas Certification Information & Training Dates - Fall 2016

Legacy Support for Catalyst

This year, our focus will be on training and transitioning people to Canvas. We will provide legacy support for previous Catalyst users only.

This means:
  • There will be no more Catalyst training offered; Canvas training will begin in Fall 2016, with instructors able to use Canvas beginning Winter 2017..

  • Creation of new Catalyst accounts will be limited only to those who want to supplement their face-to-face classes and have used Catalyst/Moodle before. This applies to fall 2016 only. Beginning winter 2016, only Canvas accounts will be created for new users, and they must take Canvas Certification Training.

    If you've used Canvas before, there will be a Canvas tune-up training provided.

  • If you currently use Catalyst, you may continue to do so through spring 2017. You don't have to take Canvas training this fall - it will be offered in winter and spring as well.

  • If you are a new faculty member wishing to share files with students in fall 2016, we encourage you to use your faculty website (OmniUpdate) or Course Studio, neither of which require in-person training.

    You can request a faculty profile page in OmniUpdate here:

  • We understand that many faculty are interested in offering access to an online grade book for students, which is not possible with OmniUpdate or Course Studio. We ask for your patience this quarter as we begin phasing out Catalyst and start rolling out Canvas. You will be able to use Canvas for this purpose beginning winter 2017.


Catalyst tutorials

Consult these online tutorial pages any time for instructions on performing common tasks in Catalyst.


Contact Heidi King for faculty training and support questions or to sign up for workshops. Email her at  or call 408.864.5657.


Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 10/14/16