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Professional Learning Platform

The Department of Education is excited to present, our new professional learning platform. Powered by Instructure Canvas, this platform will allow users to register for offerings, participate in learning experiences, and access records of training completed through this system.

Global Disclaimer
With the transition from GoSignMeUp to Canvas/Catalog, be aware that issues may occur and some items may be in early development. Contact your instructor of record, training contact, or relevant DOE office with questions. You can chat with our Canvas support or call 1-855-235-0207 for assistance.

Global Help
If you have not used Canvas and/or Catalog, please explore the subsequent resources before reaching out for additional support. For any help with Canvas as a student, consider reading through the Canvas Student Guides or viewing the Canvas Student Videos. There are also guides for instructors, administrators, and other roles, as well as additional community support in the Canvas Community. Help with Catalog is also available through the Instructure Community.

Using the Platform

Enrolling in Courses and Programs

All items are considered "courses" within the platform even if they are webinars, workshops, or conferences. You can search for courses by name and narrow down results via categories. However, not all courses will be visible to everyone. Some courses may be enrolled in via link only. For these, your instructor will need to provide you with the link via email or another method. After finding the course listing, simply click "enroll now."

Some listings are program listings. Programs are collections of courses. After enrolling in a program, you will need to enroll in specific courses within it. This is done through the "Student Dashboard." To access your Student Dashboard, click on your name in the top right and select "Student Dashboard."

Accessing Your Courses

To access your courses, click on your name in the top right corner of and select "Canvas" from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can go to If you have enrolled in the course and it does not appear within Canvas, reach out to your instructor. If you are able to access the course, but items within the course do not function or pieces are missing, reach out to your instructor.

Accessing Your Certificates and Transcripts

Every course will have set requirements. These requirements are set within Canvas. Example requirements may be to view a page, complete a quiz, or score a certain amount of points on an assignment. Courses may have multiple requirements. You must complete all requirements for the platform to mark you as having completed the listed course/program.

Once you have met all requirements for a course, you will be able to access the training certificate, and the course will show up automatically on your Catalog transcript. Certificates for individual courses can be accessed through the "Student Dashboard" within Catalog. To download a PDF transcript of all your completed courses within the system, click on "PDF Transcript" in the top right corner of your "Student Dashboard."

CECH, Credits, and Points

Within the platform, each course is worth a set number of points. The number of points represents the number of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) available to be earned. Some courses may have graduate credit or some other measurement, but these measurements will not be displayed within the platform's interface. Some courses may have multiple listings to accommodate whether the course is being taken for CECH, credit, or neither. Read listings closely to ensure that you are registering for the correct course. If you are unsure of which to register for, reach out to the instructor of record, your training contact, or relevant DOE office.