Focus Integration Overview

Canvas and Focus have developed an automated integration between the two systems using APIs made available from OneRoster 1.1. The APIs allow Focus to share rostering data to Canvas and for Canvas to post grades back to Focus.

As an admin, you can review the integration functionality and request the integration for your institution.

Integration Overview

The OneRoster integration works bi-directionally:

  • Focus to Canvas Provisioning: When you make changes in Focus (to users, courses, enrollments, etc.), those changes are reflected in Canvas after a nightly, one-way transfer from your SIS's OneRoster 1.1 API to Canvas.
  • Canvas to Focus Grade Passback (GPB): When instructors make changes or updates to course assignments and student grades in Canvas, those changes are sent to your SIS using OneRoster 1.1 API. Learn about syncing grades from Canvas to the Focus gradebook.

Note: OneRoster provisioning is required for GPB functionality.

Supported Objects

The following data is included in any provisioning or GPB transfer.

Provisioning:

  • Enrollments
  • Courses
  • Sections
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Sub-accounts
  • Terms

GPB:

  • Course Grades/Assignment Scores
  • Graded Assignments
  • Graded Discussions
  • Graded Quizzes

Focus Integration Prerequisites

Before implementing the Focus/Canvas integration, your institution must meet the following requirements:

  1. Request your institution's OneRoster 1.1 credentials from Focus. These OneRoster credentials (API URL, client key, and client secret) should be sent to the Instructure SIS team using a secure Canvas-provided link.
  2. Once you have shared your OneRoster credentials, the Instructure SIS team will verify the integration connectivity.
  3. If your institution is converting from one SIS to another or transitioning from a different integration, the SIS team must perform an evaluation of the integration against your data. The SIS team will contact you with any concerns about converting to the Focus integration.

Next Steps

If you are interested in enabling the Focus Integration for provisioning, please contact your Customer Success Manager (CSM) for consideration.