Canvas transition

For all UWL Instructors and Staff

Fall 2019 courses are now available in Canvas. If you prepared a master/sandbox/shell course, here are instructions for copying into your Fall 2019 course(s).

Check out our Getting Started Canvas site for information, handouts, and FAQs.

Deadlines for termination of D2L:

  • September 1 - D2L will no longer be available for instruction or non-instructional purposes
  • September 13 - You will no longer have access to your D2L files.

To transition to Canvas, you will need to do three things:

  • Migrate your D2L course files to Canvas. You will need to save the files from ALL of your D2L courses, not just your fall 2019 courses.
  • After migrating your files to Canvas, you may need to sort and reorganize them in Canvas.
  • Learn basic features of Canvas so you can prepare and teach your fall courses in Canvas.

If you have not started to migrate your course material to Canvas, we recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience, and that you complete the migration of all your courses by August 16.

The amount of time to migrate a course depends on the number and types of files. The migration process is straightforward. However, after you transfer your course material to Canvas you may need to re-organize the files to best fit the Canvas structure. If you have not worked with Canvas, you will also need additional time to become familiar with its features so that you can use it effectively in your fall courses.

Throughout the summer, CATL staff members will provide assistance to help instructors migrate their D2L courses to Canvas and become familiar with basic features and functions in Canvas. We invite you to take advantage of these opportunities, especially if you have not worked with Canvas. 

Canvas Support - August 2019

August Help Sessions
Attend Canvas help sessions on course migration and setting up/building a course. These involve short presentations followed by time for questions and concerns.

Drop in for individual assistance
Staff will be available to help with course migration and answer questions about using Canvas.

Meetings Week Canvas Consultation Schedule
CATL staff members will be in various academic buildings during meetings week. CATL coordinated with the Associate Deans to determine the schedule. Stop in to get support with Canvas. These will be drop-in consultations and available on a first come first served basis.

Use digital resources to

Canvas 24/7/365 Support
For day-to-day and after-hours assistance, we encourage you to call Canvas Support at 833.826.8720. Their agents can help you with all types of Canvas questions.

UWL Canvas Support Staff:


Why Canvas?

After lengthy evaluation, UW System selected Canvas as the new learning management system for UW campuses. To review the vetting and decision process see Digital Learning Environment Transformation Project 

What will I see when I enter the Canvas environment for the first time?

Once in the platform, Canvas, you will see a global navigation bar, and you may see one or more course site shells (no content but you can use as a sandbox).  Within the course shell will be a course menu that represents the fixed options of the UW System course template for navigation and layout. 

What will I see if some of my classes are in D2L and some in Canvas?

Users will need to enter either platform as needed and communicate to students where the course resides. Both platforms may be reached from or the Canvas/D2L link off UWL’s top navigation bar.

Canvas Communications Archive


Reminder regarding deadlines related to termination of D2L (as of 09/1/2019), as well as migration assistance resources and support available in May 2019 for all faculty.


Turnitin reported that problems with submitting assignments for originality reports have been resolved, also reporting that assignments previously rejected were automatically re-submitted for originality reports.

Canvas workshop schedule, Individual Consultation details, and Canvas Immersion Week announced for the month of March 2019.


Instructors have reported that the Similarity Report function in Turnitin is not working within Canvas, with users reporting that they are receiving error messages to resubmit assignments, yet nothing is happening when assignments are resubmitted. Turnitin has acknowledged the issue and is working to resolve it; instructors will be notified via email about the issue once an update from Turnitin is received..

The course enrollment problems seem to be resolving; If any students or instructors continue to experience issues, instructors should report it to Canvas Support (available anytime) at 833.826.8720.

Some instructors and students are continuing to experience problems with Canvas enrollment; some students added to courses via WINGS are not listed in the Canvas course roster, or are listed as "inactive" and unable to access course materials. UW-System is working to fully resolve these problems; personnel will be contacted via email when an update is received.

Notification that the primary Canvas course enrollment problems have been resolved, and that WINGS and Canvas student class rosters are synced; student drops will continue to be listed as "inactive" and cannot be deleted from class lists.

Notification that instructors are noticing discrepancies between course rosters in WINGS and their Canvas courses; some students officially enrolled showing as "inactive",  and some student drops continue showing as "active" in Canvas - problems occuring at all UW-System campuses; instructors reassured that their WINGS course roster is accurate; students using Canvas received email notification about the issue while UW-System resolves the student roster syncing issues.

September 2019 D2L access deadlines established; Canvas support contact options and workshops announced for January and February 2019.  

Invitation to all instructional staff to register for "Introduction to Canvas" sessions January 16, 2019.

Explanation of two changes implemented by UW System based on instructor feedback to menus and new course templates:

  • New ability to add Discussions and People to course navigation menus.
  • New ability to remove Syllabus and Collaborations from course navigation menus.

Communication to fall 2018 Canvas Instructors requesting feedback on the course template and general experience with UW-System's Digital Learning Environment (DLE) integrated into Canvas.

Instructions on how to submit fall 2018 course grades to WINGS for fall 2018 Canvas instructors; includes instructions on applying the standard UWL grade scheme and alternate instructions using one's own course grading scheme.

Reminder of December 2018 "Grading in Canvas" sessions for instructors using Canvas fall 2018.

Announcement of Nov 2018 - Jan 2019 Canvas workshops, consultation opportunities, and availability of 24/7/365 toll-free Canvas telephone support.

Notice of availability of drop-in consultation sessions for Canvas "early adopters" for instructors utilizing Canvas fall of 2018, new incoming faculty members, and online instructors.

Canvas "early adopters" (teaching in Canvas fall of 2018) requested to register for May 2018 training sessions.

Request for individuals intending to teach with Canvas in the fall of 2018 to complete a brief survey.

General information about Canvas rollout, information on spring 2018 "train-the-trainer" and introductory sessions.

Reminder re: UW-System's request for feedback concerning proposed default Canvas course templates.

UW-System solicits faculty feedback regarding default Canvas course templates.

D2L to Canvas "Open House" event announced, requesting local faculty/instructor feedback

Reassurance that D2L will be available through end of AY2019; notice that Canvas will first be available for fall 2018 courses.

UW Board of Regents selects Canvas as successor LMS for UW-System.

Related Links

UW System Digital Learning Environment Project Site

Canvas Infrastructure Status