Learn LMS

Learn is the name of CalArts' learning management system (LMS), which is a platform run by Kannu. With Learn faculty can upload and host content, manage assignments, and communicate with students.

Recommendations for Fall 2020

We are strongly encouraging all faculty to use Learn in addition to Zoom to ensure a consistent experience for students and reduce confusion. If faculty have already built their course content on another platform (i.e., Google Sites, private Canvas site, etc), we recommend, at minimum, that faculty upload their syllabus to Learn and link to the class from there. You can use Learn in conjunction with other tools, such as Google Drive, for collecting student work.


Getting Access to Learn

As of August 15, most courses have been imported from the course catalog to Learn so they are ready for faculty to use in support of their teaching. Students will be automatically imported into course shells after course sign-up in August (see below). 

Well before the semester begins, faculty should log in to learn.calarts.edu to confirm that their Fall 2020 courses are on their My Courses dashboard. Any new, unpublished shell(s) in which you are the instructor of record will appear on your Draft tab; shells which you have published will appear on your Enrolled tab. These courses will have "(2020FA)" added to the course number. 

IMPORTANT: Unless you have been explicitly told otherwise, please be sure to only use shells with "(2020FA)" in the course number for the upcoming semester. Any other shells should not be used for Fall 2020 as they are likely associated with a previous term. 

Video that explains how to access your draft course shells for the upcoming term.

I don’t see my shell. What can I do?

Certain course types were omitted from the import to help reduce the possibility for error in the import process. Those course types are: Directed Study, Ensemble, Independent Project, Independent Study, Internship, and Lesson. If a course is designated one of those types and you would still like to use Learn to host content, please forward your request using the Learn LMS Request Form on the Hub (link below).

Faculty should also use the Learn LMS Request Form for any of the following requests:

  • Merging two course shells together
  • Copying a published course from a previous term
  • Requesting a sandbox/test shell for practice purposes

Go to The Hub


Adding Content and Preparing for Launch

We recommend that all faculty teaching in a remote or hybrid modality sign up for the training course, Faculty Training for Teaching Online, which is being offered this summer. More information here.

If you have already built your course content on another platform (i.e., Google Sites, private Canvas site, etc), and you're only planning to upload your syllabus to Learn and link to your class from there, the video below provides specific instructions on how to do that.

After you have finished adding content to your Learn shell, and anytime before the first day of term (September 14), please be sure to follow the instructions on the Learn Course Launch Checklist to publish your course on Learn. All faculty need to publish their own courses so they will be visible to students.

How to upload your syllabus to Learn and link to and external website.

New Import Process

Additionally, starting in Fall 2020, CalArts will have a process for staff-supported enrollment management in courses so your class rosters match the Registrar’s records. In other words, if you used Learn in the past as an instructor and were responsible for uploading, adding and removing students from your course roster on Learn, you will no longer need to do this.

This import process is also why faculty can no longer create course shells on their own and must request them using the Learn LMS Request form. Staff need to ensure that the data between the catalog and Learn matches exactly so the import process works.

As stated above, Fall 2020 courses will have "(2020FA)" added to the end of the course number. It is important that you use the shell marked "(2020FA)" for Fall 2020 so students will be successfully imported into your course for the semester.

While faculty will not add or drop enrolled students from Learn, they are still responsible for adding auditing students and TAs.

Any additional questions can be forwarded to learnhelp@calarts.edu.