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Canvas Network Offers Meaningful Professional Development for Educators

At Canvas Network, we demonstrate our commitment to education through a robust and varied catalog of professional development courses for educators, open to all. Our courses help educators thrive and succeed in their classrooms and in their careers by helping them explore teaching strategies and pedagogy.

Canvas Network is no longer accepting any new course requests.

As an alternative, Instructure offers another free Canvas platform, Canvas Free for Teacher.

  • Independent of Canvas Network, Free for Teacher is an open resource available to anyone in the world who wants to offer a class or two.

  • Free for Teacher users can use the Canvas Guides and Community Q&A for any guidance and support.

You can get more detailed information about Free for Teacher in our Canvas Community.

Offer a Course  

Let’s Get Started

The rumor is true—Canvas Network is free. Instructure created Canvas Network with the intention of promoting openness, innovation, and experimentation in education and to give back to the academic community.


All course topics must focus on Professional Development for educators (K-12/HE), such as:

  • Training courses in specialized teaching techniques or educational approach that can be used in many different subject areas (differentiation, literacy strategies, etc).
  • Courses that develop an instructor’s technical, quantitative, and analytical skills that can be used to analyze student-performance data.
  • Courses that provide educators with new technological skills in ways that can improve teaching effectiveness and student performance.
  • Courses that improve fundamental teaching techniques (how to manage a classroom, framing questions to elicit critical thinking, etc).
  • Courses that develop an instructor’s specialized skills to better teach and support certain populations (e.g., learning disabilities, learners not proficient in English).
  • Training courses that allow educators to acquire leadership skills.
  • A professional development course is NOT one that focuses on increasing knowledge in a specific content area (e.g., Economics; Math; History; etc), nor is it a course that instructors might use to teach a specific content area in their classroom.

Who can teach a course on Canvas Network?

Ivy league universities don’t have a monopoly on qualified, passionate, and talented instructors. If your institution fits any of the parameters below, then you too may teach an open online course:

  • Two-year and four-year colleges and universities
  • K-12 schools and districts
  • Academic partnerships and consortia
  • Nonprofit organizations with an education or public service mission
  • Government agencies with an education mission
  • For-profit companies will be considered if courses are offered in collaboration with an educational institution or organization as described above

Getting Started is Easy

1. Course Screening

Submit your course idea using the “Offer a Course” form on the right.

2. Course Proposal

After we screen your proposed course, you will be enrolled in our Canvas Network Training Course, and will be able to submit your detailed Canvas Network Course Proposal.

3. Begin Building

Once your Course Proposal is accepted, we will provide a course shell for you to begin building.

4. Course Review

Before your course can open for enrollment, you will use our Course Design Checklist to ensure that your course is ready to go.

Learn why instructors and institutions choose Canvas Network in this infographic.

Course Development Timeline

We recommend selecting a course start date at least 12 weeks from the time you submit your course proposal.

Support and Services 


  • A Course Design Checklist to guide you in the course design process.
  • A quality assurance course review.
  • Access to the Canvas Network Training Course.
  • Access to the Canvas Guides and the Canvas Community.
  • A listing/enrollment page on canvas.net.


Canvas Network provides our clients access to the Canvas Network Training Course, Canvas Guides, and the Canvas Community. Once the course begins, you and your students can also contact Canvas Support by emailing help@canvas.net.


  • All free courses on Canvas Network will be made publicly visible.
  • Anyone with the course URL will be able to view course content once the course is published.
  • The ability to view and participate in discussions, earn badges, and earn certificates is limited to learners who enroll in the course and accept Canvas Network terms of use and privacy policies. Standard copyright laws apply.
  • In general, all course content must be made available to students after the course end date. Exceptions may be made for fee-based programs and courses.
  • All courses with a Creative Commons license will be shared on Canvas Commons under the same license selected for the course. The primary instructor of the course will be listed as the author. Don’t worry—you own your course content.


  • Learners on Canvas Network are less concerned with grades and more concerned with how they are personally benefiting from the course and if they can earn a badge(s) or a certificate.
  • While Canvas Network does not act as the issuer of certificates, we will help you select the right tool for your needs.
  • Our Partnership with Badgr offers automatic badge awarding, social media sharing, progress tracking, leaderboards, and rich learning analytics to help teachers and administrators understand badging activity in their courses.


New courses open for enrollment on canvas.net on Mondays. Generally, Canvas Network course start dates are restricted to two dates per month.


Canvas Integrates with 100+ like-minded partners to ensure that the technology, tools, and services are available to help you build your ideal learning ecosystem. Choose from proven partners like Zaption, Badgr, TedEd, Piazza, and more.


Canvas Network courses can be accessed through the Canvas app. Go to the app store and look up the Canvas app, then login at learn.canvas.net.


Instructors and researchers are welcome to include surveys in their courses and to conduct qualitative research. We ask that publicly shared data is de-identified and in aggregate form.