UW-Madison Transitioning to Canvas

Based on positive results from pilot studies and campus feedback, UW-Madison is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) over the next two years. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS, and to discontinue campus support for D2L and Moodle by 2018.

Canvas Now Available in Learn@UW Course Dashboard

All credit-based courses are now available in Canvas and can be accessed by logging into the Learn@UW Course Dashboard. In the dashboard, there will be links to both Canvas and D2L courses. Links to Moodle courses will appear after the courses have been created in Moodle. Students will only see links to the courses that have been “published” (Canvas) or “activated” (D2L, Moodle).

Faculty and instructional staff should contact the designated instructional technology point-person for their school or college to help plan for their transition to Canvas.

Requesting Canvas Sandbox Courses

School and college instructional technology point-people can also assist with requests for Canvas sandbox courses. Sandbox courses offer individuals the opportunity to experiment with Canvas before using it for actual courses. Requests can be submitted through the Canvas Sandbox Course Request form, as well.

Stay Informed

To receive regular updates about the transition and available resources, send an email to join-canvasinfo@lists.wisc.edu.


Timeline graphic of UW-Madison's transition to the Canvas learning management system (LMS)

Benefits of Canvas

  • Clean, user-friendly, content-focused design
  • Provides for better interaction with instructors and among students
  • Offers robust functionality and interoperability
  • Integrates with many other teaching and learning tools (e.g., analytics)
  • Frequent feature and tool updates
  • Ideal platform for cultivating interconnected, digital teaching and learning tools
  • Ongoing enhancements can be influenced more effectively via UW-Madison’s Unizin membership

Adoption Goals

  • Provide faculty, staff and students with an LMS that meets their collective teaching- and learning-related needs, now and into the future
  • Satisfy the strong, student desire for one, fully integrated and centrally supported LMS at UW-Madison
  • Enhance excellence in teaching and learning, and support continued innovation
  • Further develop an interconnected, sustainable ecosystem of digital teaching and learning tools (e.g., student information system, query library, LMS, learning analytics, content sharing, curriculum management system, learning assessment, etc.)