As of June 1, 2018, UW-Madison became one step closer to having a single, centrally supported learning management system (LMS). Almost all courses – credit and noncredit – are now using Canvas, with D2L officially discontinued and Moodle turned off for all but a few identified exceptions.
The university’s move to Canvas started over two years ago with an in depth pilot study and a strong plea from students to reduce the number of LMSs being used among courses. Now in its final stages, the cross-campus effort is set to conclude in the early months of 2019, with Canvas officially becoming the sole LMS supported by campus moving forward.
While much of the remaining work will be done behind the scenes and will go largely unnoticed by the broader campus community, the transition team will spend a significant portion of their time working closely with a specific subset of courses still in need of the following functionality solutions: content authoring and advanced quizzing. Faculty and instructors who have courses still affected by these identified gaps are being communicated with directly to ensure that the appropriate support is provided based on the transition team’s final recommendations.
A variety of in-person Canvas training sessions will also continue to be offered – covering getting started, managing grades, individual and interactive learning, assessment and more – to the campus community throughout the summer, fall and next spring. For more details about these offerings and other events related to the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, please visit: at.doit.wisc.edu/learn-uw.
The sponsors and leaders of the Canvas transition would like to extend a sincere thanks to all of those who have been involved in the effort: faculty, staff and students. The transition has been made possible by working together across campus – everyone’s continued collaboration, hard work, patience and support is truly appreciated.