Distance Learning

Learning Management System (LMS)

Canvas is PAFA's LMS. Students with classes that use online content and electronic reserves within Canvas may access them at https://pafa.instructure.com 

Enter your username and password to sign in. 

  • They are the same as your Blackbaud username and password. 
  • If you forget your password you can reset it by clicking on the “Don’t know your password?” link and using your official PAFA e-mail address. 

Problems? Contact Liesl Wuest at lwuest@pafa.edu or call 215-391-4126.


Distance Learning Policies

PAFA provides support to the Low-Residency MFA program to ensure that it meets all program and curricular standards. Resources include Canvas, iPads for incoming students, new summer initiatives, and dedicated technical support provided by the Instructional Technologist, the Director of Information Technology, and the Director of the Library and Information Services.

Delivery systems used for the LRMFA include Blackbaud Student Information System (SIS), Canvas LMS,  and iPads. Blackbuad is used for student registration, scheduling and official grades. Canvas is used for the delivery of online courses, on-site course support, program information, the program calendar, and PAFA support services information.

The students use the iPads to document and share studio work during the off-site semesters and participate in synchronous video-based critiques. Blackbaud and Canvas are both password protected systems and this coupled with the requirement of off-site, synchronous video critiques ensures that the student who receives academic credit is the same one who participates in the program. 

Students need to have access to high-speed internet to complete the online semesters and other than this there is no technical proficiency requirement. With the assistance of the Instructional Technologist anyone with an interest and basic aptitude is able to participate and succeed in the program. To address the range of technical skills students come in with, students take a Professional Practices course during their first summer in residence at PAFA taught by PAFA’s Instructional Technologist.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to: 1) access course materials in Canvas; 2) use interactive tools in Canvas like the discussion board, assignments, quizzes, calendar,  scheduler etc.; 3) use an iPad to document, discuss and share studio work asynchronously; 4) use an iPad to communicate synchronously with other classmates and instructors; 5) identify and use PAFA support resources as needed (e.g. technology, library, student services, program policies etc.). 

The Instructional Technologist is available to give extra assistance to any students who need it, and she also works with faculty to help them successfully implement their courses online. All online courses clearly state student expectations for achievement and evaluation criteria. All student communications are through Canvas or official PAFA e-mail.