Learning Management System

What is a learning management system?

A learning management system (LMS) is online software that helps instructors deliver courses in face-to-face, blended, or online learning environments. Learning management systems provide a wide range of tools. The LMS is often used to create assessments, manage files, and to facilitate course communications.  

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FERPA regulations apply when adding individuals to a course where they can see student information. Make sure you only add people to your course who have “an educational need to know.” You can learn more about FERPA here. Questions about FERPA can be directed to the Registrar.
A Canvas site is accessible according to the academic term course dates set by the Registrar. The course end date is typically set to the final day of classes plus thirty days for grading. Instructors can change this for active courses where the current students may need access to the site beyond the course end date.
Guidance for instructors who need to manage access for one or more student to a Canvas site because they have been issued a grade of Incomplete or need to finish coursework beyond the course end date. As part of the process for granting an Incomplete and allowing a student to submit late course work on Canvas, an instructor or Canvas administrator will extend access to a course Canvas site beyond the academic term date.
As an instructor, there are times when you may need or want to share access to a Canvas site. someone to be able to see how you structure your course or you want to share the content for other reasons, you have two options. If you want to keep things in Canvas, then you’ll want to request an archive copy of your site. You may prefer to export your course in ePub format if your goal is less about the Canvas experience, request and ARCHIVE Canvas site and copy your content.


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Canvas is Middlebury's main learning management system. It provides tools to create online course sites that enable course communications, forums, assessments, file sharing, and other activities.
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