College-assigned e-mail accounts to be required for students


Starting Feb. 11, 2012, Shoreline Community College will use only

  • What is it?
    • A fully functional Gmail account assigned by the college to each student.
  • Timeline
    • Now-Jan. 14, 2013 – Inform students of coming change.
    • Jan. 14 – Students without College-assigned e-mail are notified of their new accounts.
    • Jan. 19-Feb. 10 – Students log-in to new accounts.
    • Feb. 11, 2013 – All College-communication to students transitions to addresses.
      • All student addresses in the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems will change to assigned accounts.
      • Primary address for Blackboard Connect emergency communications will change to assigned accounts. Secondary Blackboard Connect e-mail addresses will not change.

College-assigned e-mail accounts ( ) for all official communication with students. Official communications may include messages about grades, payments, financial aid and other assistance, emergency and other notifications, the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems and other messages as required.

Standardized e-mail accounts for all students will help assure complete communication of College messages to all students and help protect privacy as required under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
A significant number of students already have College-assigned accounts. These accounts are in compliance and students using previously assigned accounts are not affected by this change.

Students without a College-assigned account will receive an account and be notified at their current e-mail address on file with the College. These students will be required to log-in to the College-assigned account.

Starting Feb. 11, 2013, all students are required to use their Shoreline-assigned e-mail account for all college correspondence. The use of any other account in any configuration (forwarded, POP, IMAP, etc.) is not supported. Students are solely responsible for any consequences that result from lost or delayed communications resulting from the use of any e-mail account other than the College-assigned account.

Canvas coming to Shoreline Community College


Shoreline Community College will transition to the Canvas learning management system.

The decision to change was made by President Lee Lambert on Dec. 5 after a significant review period by faculty, students and staff. The transition from the current Blackboard learning management system will take place over the next several quarters with full implementation by summer quarter, 2013.

“We had one faculty member pilot a class in Canvas this fall quarter and we will have a handful of faculty piloting Canvas for winter 2013,” said Ann Garnsey-Harter, the Director of the Virtual College and eLearning Support Services. “We will spend winter quarter focused on training the rest of the faculty so that they can teach at least one class on Canvas for spring quarter. Faculty who are scheduled to teach for summer quarter can choose to wait to teach on Canvas until summer.”

The decision followed weeks and months of extensive inquiry, discussion, and consideration, said Garnsey-Harter. The entire process leading up to the decision is documented at

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges negotiated a statewide license with Instructure, the company that created Canvas. Shoreline will take advantage of the statewide contract and expects significant savings.

Canvas is open-source software, meaning that users are encouraged to create additions and improvements and share those with other users. Washington will have a large group of users with almost all colleges and universities, including the University of Washington, deciding to move to Canvas.

“We are very excited about Canvas and look forward to serving students with what they have called a ‘modern’ and ‘user-friendly tool,” Garnsey-Harter said.

Shoreline uses other software products from Blackboard, including the emergency messaging system and the app for mobile devices. Those contracts are tied to the decision to move to Canvas.