In 2016, we transitioned the MBA Learning Center to run on Instructure's Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
Canvas is one of the top learning management systems in the world today, full of features that will make your life easier and more productive.
We create Canvas sub-accounts for each school using the MBA Learning Center and make each teacher an "Account Admin" within that sub-account. This means that you are free to use virtually any Canvas feature in your classroom. As an Account Admin, you can create your own courses, customizing them so that they work to your exact needs. You are free to combine our content with yours, create new content, modify our content to suit your needs, etc. The possibilities are virtually limitless.
The content you create within the MBA Learning Center will stay there from year to year as long as you maintain your Learning Center license.
Alternatively, you can create your courses in our MBA Learning Center Canvas system and then move them to your school's LMS. You must maintain an active MBA Learning Center license to use our content outside of the Learning Center. We keep a record when you move our content to another LMS. If you do no renew your license and continue using our content, you are violating copyright.
For more information about the workings of Canvas LMS, review the official Canvas Documentation:
Register Your Account
Along with the "Welcome to the MBA Learning Center" email, you should also receive an email from MBA-Canvas that will guide you through the process of signing up and creating a password.
Click the link in the email from Canvas to finish the registration process. Create a password for the Learning Center (Canvas), and make sure you set your Time Zone properly.
If you don't receive the email from Canvas, check your spam folder. If you still don't see it contact us at HelpMe@MBAResearch.org and let us know.
After registration, you can access the MBA Learning center by going to: mba.instructure.com
The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log in to the MBA Learning Center (Canvas).
The first information box is a reminder message regarding how to create courses. Although there are a few ways to create a course in Canvas, please follow the instructions in this message box to create a course (these steps are outlined in detail in the instructions below). You may keep this information box on your Dashboard or you may dismiss the message by clicking the X in the upper right corner of the message box.
The Notification information box allows you to set up your Canvas Notifications Preferences: how (and how often) you want Canvas to let you know what’s going on.
You can set your Notification Preferences now or leave them for later. We recommend you set them later when you get a better grasp on the ins and outs of Canvas.
Click here to learn more about Canvas Notification Preferences
How to Build a Course with LAPs
(Don't know what a LAP is? Click HERE)
You can build your own courses from the 300+ LAPs available. Don't have a clue about what LAPs to use? No problem! We can help you with that! We’ve designed a series of preloaded courses in entrepreneurship, finance, management and administration, ethical leadership, and marketing. They coincide with our course guides.
Learn about course guides and access them here.
Thanks to our partnership with the Daniels Fund, all of our course guides are now free to anyone who requests them. The Daniels Fund asks only that you take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey, letting them know how you will be using the resources that they have so generously sponsored. You can find the course guides in our online store:
The MBA Shop
Before you can access and use the LAPs, you need to create a course. After creating your course, you can import the LAPs that you want to teach into that course.
Step 1 - Create an Empty Course
Select "Admin" from the Global Navigation Menu on the left side of the screen, and then click on your school's account.
Note: Do NOT create a course directly from the Dashboard ("Start a New Course") or from the Courses menu ("+ Course"). You must click “Admin” and select your school’s account so that your content is properly saved to your school's account. If you do not have the Admin menu, please contact us for assistance.
Create a new course by selecting the "+ Course" button on the right side of the screen:
A Note on Screen Sizes
Canvas arranges some of the screen content based on screen width. On a wide screen the "+ Course" button will be on the right side of the screen. On a narrower screen (like a tablet or small laptop) the button will be moved down the page. If you don't see the "+ Course" button on the right side, look further down the screen for it.
Step 2 - Name Your Course
Give your course a Name, a Reference Code, an Enrollment Term, and then click "Add Course".
For this example, we will call this course "Advanced Entrepreneurship."
The Reference Code is a short descriptive name for the course (it can be whatever you want). The Reference Code is what Canvas will display in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. We will use "AdvEntre" as the Reference Code for this example.
The Enrollment Term is the school year in which you will teach this course. Please use the predefined Enrollment Terms created by MBA Research; they go from July 1st of the start year to June 30th of the end year. (You can change the term start and end dates if desired -- see Course Settings). In this example we will use "2018-2019".
Do NOT use "Default Term" as the enrollment term for your course.
Once you fill everything in, click the "Add Course" button to create the course.
You will see confirmation on the screen that the course was successfully added. The course will appear in the list of courses on the screen. Refresh the web page if you do not see the course.
Step 3 - Enroll Yourself
Canvas will not allow you to import content into a course until you add a teacher (you!) to the course.
Add a Teacher (You) to the Course
Click on the settings icon (gear image) to the right of the course name.
You will see the course settings screen. Click on the "People" link in the course navigation menu on the left:
Click on the "+ People" button:
Enter your email address in the text box. Select the Role of "Teacher", and then click on the "Next" button.
You will be asked to confirm the user you are adding. Click the "Add Users" button.
Click here to learn more about Roles in Canvas
You will return to the People screen where you will see “pending” next to the name. This means that the course invitation needs to be accepted.
Accepting the invitation to become the Teacher can be done in one of two ways: (1) Canvas will email you, and you can accept the invitation from that email. (2) With the course still open, click the "Home" link on the course navigation menu. You will see a notification message from Canvas telling you that you have been invited to the course. Click "Accept" to join the course.
Step 4 - Add LAPs To Your Course
On the Global Navigation Menu on the left side of the screen, you will see a new menu option: "Commons". Commons is the repository where all of the MBA Research LAPs are stored and where you will go to pull content into your newly created course. Click the "Commons" button.
The first time you access Commons, you will be asked to "Authorize" it. Click on the "Authorize" button.
Your screen won't look exactly like the screenshot above. That's because MBA Research is continually adding new LAPs to the system.
Searching for LAPs in Commons
For the purposes of these instructions, we will choose a LAP to put into the course: LAP-EC-105 What's Shakin'? (Factors Affecting the Business Environment).
To find LAPs in Commons, use the search feature. Type the LAP number into the search bar. (In this example: EC-105). The system will display the “Most Relevant” items in the search results. If more than one result is displayed, you may need to scroll through the results to find the exact LAP you need.
Once you have the LAP on the screen, click on the blue title (link text) of the LAP to preview and import the LAP. You will see three tabs with information about the LAP: Preview, Details, Version notes.
The “Preview” tab is the default view. To preview the LAP content, click a section in the sidebar on the left of the screen. The content of the section is listed in the preview area of the screen. To preview a content item, click the item title.
To see a description of the LAP, click the “Details” tab. The “Version notes” tab gives a history of updates made to the LAP; this tab is grayed out if there are no updates.
Click here to learn more about Previewing Content in Commons
Importing the LAP into Your Course
On the right side of the screen, click the blue "Import/Download" button. A sidebar window will appear.
In the sidebar window, check the box for your course. Then click the "Import into Course" button.
Note: If only one course is listed, the "All" checkbox will be checked automatically.
Canvas has a bug that affects importing content into courses. If you import too many LAPs too quickly, the import feature will get stuck, keeping you from adding any more content into that course. As you import each LAP, go to the course and make sure each import is finished before starting on the next one.
Click here to learn more about Importing Content into Course
Click on the "Courses" menu on the left side of the screen, and then click on the course you are creating.
Keep in mind that if you go to the course immediately after clicking the "Import into Course" button, there won't be any content on the page. It takes Canvas a few seconds, or sometimes a few minutes, to import the content into your course.
Refresh the web page or click the "Home" link until you see the LAP content appear.
A Note on Import Status
To check the import status of the LAP: open the course, click the “Settings” link, and then click the “Import Course Content” option on the right. The Current Jobs will show the status of the import.
Click here to learn more about Import Status
Working With Modules
Scroll down through the LAP (Module) and check out the content. Sections and items in green are "Published". That means both you and your students can see and access the content. Sections and items in gray are "Unpublished". That means the content is only visible to you. You will see a large section of Unpublished material at the end of the LAP. This is all of the Instructor reference material, including answer keys, the discussion guide, and other content intended just for teachers.
By default, modules are expanded and show all items in the module. If you want, you can collapse the content of the module so that only the title appears. This makes it a lot easier to navigate the course when it is populated with a lot of modules.
Collapse the module by clicking the arrow next to the module/LAP title.
For more information about Modules, you can check out the Canvas Documentation:
Import More LAPs
Go back to Commons by clicking the "Commons" button. Search for another LAP (eg. EC-107) and import it into the course.
Go back to the course (click "Courses" menu button, and then select the course) and refresh the screen until you see the LAP appear as a new module in the course.
Collapse the module (not required, but it will make it easier for you to navigate). Go back to Commons and keep importing LAPs until you have all that you want in your course.
Organizing Your Modules
By default, LAPs are listed in the order in which they are imported into the course. After you have imported all of the LAPs you need for this course, you can organize them in the order in which you want to teach them; or sequence them to align with the course guide.
You can move or reorder modules in a couple ways: (1) manually drag and drop the module. Click the drag handle next to the module name, and drop the module in the desired location by releasing the mouse. (2) Use the “Move Module” link: click here for instructions.
Step 5 - Course Settings and Navigation
Course Settings - Course Details
With your course still open, click on the "Settings" link on the course nagivation menu.
In the Course Details tab you can change various things about the course, including the Name, Course Code, Term, Start and End Dates.
Make sure the Time Zone is set properly for your course. Make sure the correct Term was selected. Do NOT use “Default Term” in the Term field.
By default, courses inherit term dates set by MBA Research, which are July 1st of the start year to June 30th of the end year. However, as an instructor, you may need to change the start and end dates for your course. Dates can be shorter than or overlap the term dates.
Tip: Under the end date field, you can restrict your students from being able to access the course outside of the start and end dates.
Note: To save changes made to the Course Details page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Update Course Details" button.
A Note On Language
Setting the Language does not change the language of the course. It sets the language of the Canvas menus and options for that course. The LAP contents are, and will remain, in English regardless of the Language setting.
Course Settings - Navigation
This step is optional but will help make things less confusing. Sections of the LAPs/Modules are stored as Canvas Pages. If you click on the "Pages" link on the course navigation menu, you will see all those pages listed alphabetically rather than organized by module (this might be confusing for your students). You can hide the "Pages" link so that students do not see it.
To disable (hide) the "Pages" link: (1) click the "Settings" link; (2) click the "Navigation" tab at the top; (3) click the settings icon (three dots to the right of "Pages"); (4) click the "Disable" option.
The second column on the screen is the course navigation menu. Items in black are visible to everyone. Items in gray are only visible to the instructor (you).
For more information about Course Settings, you can check out the Canvas Documentation:
Step 6 - Set Course Home Page
The Course Home Page defaults to the Modules layout, but you can change the Home Page to any other layout option. There are five layout options: the Recent Activity Dashboard, Pages Front Page, the Course Modules, the Assignment List, or the Syllabus.
MBA Research LAPs are built as Canvas Modules so it may be easier to leave "Course Modules" as your Home Page.
For more information about Course Home Page, you can check out the Canvas Documentation:
Step 7 - Publish Your Course
Click on the "Home" link on the course navigation menu. Under the “Course Status” section on the right side of the screen, click on the "Publish" button. The course is published when the “Publish” button is green. The course is unpublished when the “Publish” button is gray.
Note: If the course is unpublished, student invitations to join the course will not be sent out. You must publish the course for students to join and view the course.
Your course is now ready to go; you just need to add students.
Step 8 - Add Your Students
You may only add students if you have purchased student licenses. If you add students without first purchasing student licenses, you will be billed for these student accounts at a cost of $10 per student. Please help us control costs and pricing: use only what you’ve licensed.
If you wish to purchase student licenses, visit our online store:
You can add students in the same manner that you added yourself to the course:
Click the "People" link on the course navigation menu. Click the "+ People" button. Add your students by email address. Make sure the role of "Student" is selected. Click the "Next" button, and follow the instructions on the screen to add students. Click the “Add Users” button to add the selected students to the course.
You will see “pending” next to the names on the People screen; this means the course invitation has not been accepted. Students will get an email invitation with a link for them to register for Canvas (if they do not already have an account) and join the course.
For more information about adding users to your course, you can check out the Canvas Documentation:
What is a LAP?
A Learning Activity Package (LAP) is a comprehensive instructional module designed to teach a specific topic. Based on a single performance indicator from the National Standards for Business Administration, each LAP contains all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan, including an in-depth student narrative, handouts, activities, assessments, discussion guide, glossary, PowerPoint presentation, links, and much more.
Each LAP provides in-depth learning, with a focus on real-life application in the business community. LAPs are designed to help students move beyond learning "about" business to learning to "do" business in the real world. LAPs provide more depth and a greater emphasis on application than typical textbooks or other educational resources.
Quick Study Modules (also referred to as Quick Study LAPs) are abbreviated lesson modules; they do not contain as much content as a full LAP. Also based on one specific performance indicator, each of these abridged instructional modules contains a student narrative, quick case study, discussion guide, glossary, and short assessments. Available exclusively through the MBA Learning Center.
Just For You! Modules are “mini” instructional modules; content varies. Each Just for You! module typically contains one of the following instructional tools: a rubric, briefing, performance checklist, or student activity and handout designed to teach and/or assess an individual performance indicator. Just for You! modules are not as comprehensive as LAPs or Quick Study Modules. Available exclusively through the MBA Learning Center.
Click here for a List of LAPs
Visit our website to learn more about LAPs.
How Are LAPs Organized?
LAPs are broadly organized by Instructional Area.
The MBA Research Instructional Areas are:
- (BL) Business Law
Understands business's responsibility to know, abide by, and enforce laws and regulations that affect business operations and transactions
- (CC) Compliance
Understands business's responsibility to know, comply with, and enforce laws and regulations that affect financial business operations and transactions
- (CM) Channel Management
Understands the concepts and processes needed to identify, select, monitor, and evaluate sales channels
- (CO) Communication Skills
Understands the concepts, strategies, and systems used to obtain and convey ideas and information
- (CR) Customer Relations
Understands the techniques and strategies used to foster positive, ongoing relationships with customers
- (DS) Distribution
Understands the concepts and processes needed to move, store, locate, and/or transfer ownership of goods and services
- (EC) Economics
Understands the economic principles and concepts fundamental to business operations
- (EI) Emotional Intelligence
Understands techniques, strategies, and systems used to foster self-understanding and enhance relationships with others
- (EN) Entrepreneurship
Understands the concepts, processes, and skills associated with identifying new ideas, opportunities, and methods and with creating or starting a new project or venture
- (FI) Financial Analysis
Understands tools, strategies, and systems used to maintain, monitor, control, and plan the use of financial resources
- (FM) Financial-Information Management
Understands tools, strategies, and systems needed to access, process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate financial information to assist business decision-making
- (HR) Human Resources Management
Understands the tools, techniques, and systems that businesses use to plan, staff, lead, and organize its human resources
- (IM) Marketing-Information Management
Understands the concepts, systems, and tools needed to gather, access, synthesize, evaluate, and disseminate information for use in making business decisions
- (KM) Knowledge Management
Understands the systems, strategies, and techniques used to collect, organize, analyze, and share information known in an organization.
- (MK) Marketing
Understands the tools, techniques, and systems that businesses use to create exchanges and satisfy organizational objectives
- (MP) Market Planning
Understands the concepts and strategies utilized to determine and target marketing strategies to a select audience
- (NF) Information Management
Understands tools, strategies, and systems needed to access, process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate information to assist business decision-making
- (OP) Operations
Understands the processes and systems implemented to monitor, plan, and control the day-to-day activities required for continued business functioning
- (PD) Professional Development
Understands concepts, tools, and strategies used to explore, obtain, and develop in a business career
- (PI) Pricing
Understands concepts and strategies utilized in determining and adjusting prices to maximize return and meet customers' perceptions of value
- (PJ) Project Management
Understands tools, techniques, and systems that are used to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate business projects
- (PM) Product/Service Management
Understands the concepts and processes needed to obtain, develop, maintain, and improve a product or service mix in response to market opportunities
- (PR) Promotion
Understands the concepts and strategies needed to communicate information about products, services, images, and/or ideas to achieve a desired outcome
- (QM) Quality Management
Understands the need for standards and the strategies and techniques used to implement, monitor, and evaluate them
- (RA) Risk Analysis
Understands techniques and strategies used to gather, access, and evaluate the risk posed by potential insurance clients
- (RM) Risk Management
Understands risk-management strategies and techniques used to minimize business loss
- (SE) Selling
Understands the concepts and actions needed to determine client needs and wants and respond through planned, personalized communication that influences purchase decisions and enhances future business opportunities
- (SM) Strategic Management
Understands tools, techniques, and systems that affect a business's ability to plan, control, and organize an organization/department
- (VM) Innovation Management
Understand the strategies and techniques used in marketplace innovation
How Are LAPs Labeled?
LAPs are labeled first by the abbreviation for the Instructional Area (IA) that they belong to (from the above list), a dash or a colon, and then a number.
Example: LAP BL-006 is a LAP from the (BL) Business Law Instructional Area. The Performance Indicator for LAP BL-006 is BL:006. Performance Indicators are always made up of the abbreviated Instructional Area(IA), a colon, and a number.
LAP labels do not always match their Performance Indicators. LAP BL-001, for example, covers the Performance Indicator BL:003. When we first started creating LAPs, we numbered them sequentially within Instructional Areas. We are now in the process of switching the LAP labels so they match up with the Performance Indicators.
If you look in the Canvas Commons, you will see that some LAPs are labeled "IA - number" (with dashes), and some are labeled "IA : number" (with colons).
All the Full LAPs are labeled with dashes (eg. BL-001, BL-006).
The Quick Study LAPs and the Just For You! Modules are labeled with colons. The LAP number and the Performance Indicator for these LAPs/modules are the same.
Many of the Quick Study LAPs are being adapted to full LAPs. For example, "LAP-QS-009" became "LAP-CO-025."
To help you identify the Quick Study LAPs, the “QS” LAP number has been added to each LAP label. For example, FI:270 (QS-030) and CO:119 (QS-024).
Tip: Type “Quick Study” in the Commons search bar to find the Quick Study LAPs.
To help you identify the Just for You! Modules, the phrase “Just for You” has been added to each module label. For example, OP:233 (Just for You) and NF:138 (Just for You).
Tip: Type “Just for You” in the Commons search bar to find the Just For You! Modules.
The Dashboard and Course List
The Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your current courses. The Dashboard will default to Card View, which displays course cards for quick access to all the courses you have created (the same courses display in the Courses menu).
You can customize the active courses you want to show on your Dashboard and in your Course List. Courses you want to show are called favorite courses.
If you have created courses that you are not currently using, you can remove them from your Dashboard and the Course List by marking favorite courses. To mark favorite courses on the Dashboard and the Course List: from the Global Navigation Menu, click on the "Courses" menu, then click on the "All Courses" link.
You will see a list of all your courses. Next to each course is a star icon.
Courses with filled stars show the course is a favorite . To favorite a course, click the star next to a course .
Removing the course from your Dashboard and the Course List will NOT delete the course. You can always access it from the "Admin" menu and from the "All Courses" link.
When no courses are favorited, all active courses will automatically show on the Dashboard and the Course List will automatically displays up to 20 courses alphabetically in the Course list. Once you have selected at least one course as a favorite, only your favorite courses will appear on the Dashboard and in the Courses list.
More information about the Dashboard and Courses menu: