Canvas transition

As UWL faculty and staff transition from D2L to Canvas, this webpage will identify assistance and support to help you prepare to teach with Canvas.  

Canvas Transition Deadlines

September 1, 2019

D2L will no longer be available for instruction or for non-instructional purposes. Canvas will be the sole UWL learning management system.

September 13, 2019

UWL faculty and staff will no longer have access to any of their D2L courses or course files.    

What you will need to do before September 2019 to make the transition to Canvas:

  • Save your D2L course materials and files to your computer or external drive for safe keeping.
  • Start to set up your courses in Canvas by transferring your course files to Canvas course “shells".
  • Learn the features and functions of Canvas so you can prepare your courses for the academic year.

Canvas Transition Support

Support is available to help you transfer course files, rebuild your courses in Canvas and prepare to teach with Canvas:

24/7/365 Canvas Support

  • Dedicated 24/7/365 Canvas Support via Phone  
    For specific questions about Canvas, a dedicated support line has been established for UWL faculty and staff. They are responsive, helpful, persistent, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Contact Canvas Support at 833.826.8720.

Local Canvas Support

  • Contact CATL
    Call or email Khendum Gyabak (ext. 6877), Marjorie Bazluki (ext. 6873), and Jared Oxborrow (ext. 8778) for Canvas questions and one-on-one assistance.

  • Individual Consultation
    Marjorie Bazluki and Khendum Gyabak will provide one-on-one assistance for instructors with Canvas-related questions. Email or call Marjorie or Khendum to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome, but email or call ahead to make sure they are available.

    Marjorie Bazluki (182 Wing)
    April 23, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
    April 30, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

    Khendum Gyabak (185 Wing)
    April 03, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    April 10, 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
    April 17, 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
    April 24, 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

  • Contact your departmental Canvas liaison
    Canvas liaisons are departmental colleagues who have had prior training and experience using Canvas.

Attend Canvas Workshops

These workshop sessions will familiarize you with specific Canvas features and functions, including: assignments, quizzes, grading, modules, settings, rubrics, groups, discussions, Gradebook, and SpeedGrader.

Canvas Workshop Schedule

The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning is offering workshops to help faculty and staff learn to use Canvas. These working sessions will be facilitated by CATL Instructional Designers, Marjorie Bazluki and Khendum Gyabak, and Jared Oxborrow, Canvas Migration Specialist.

Please bring a laptop, your cell phone or DUO device, and access to the course materials needed for each session.

To register, click on the workshop title.


Grading in Canvas
Tuesday, March 26, 1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
153 Murphy Library

This workshop focuses on using the Canvas Gradebook. You will learn methods for efficient Gradebook usage, the benefits of using SpeedGrader, and the Gradebook's relationship to other tools in Canvas.


Creating Assignments and Rubrics in Canvas
Thursday, March 28, 8:50 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
153 Murphy Library
This workshop is an overview of the functionality of Canvas assignments. It includes creating assignments, adjusting assignment settings, using assignment groups, and the relationship of assignments to the Gradebook. Additionally, participants will learn how to create and use rubrics for assessing assignments.

Participants should bring a current student assignment and corresponding rubric (digital or paper copy).


Intro to Canvas
Friday, March 29, 9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
150 Murphy Library

This workshop introduces you to the basics of Canvas with an overview of the Canvas interface, basic features, and functionality that will help you prepare you to start building your courses in Canvas. The workshop will include time for independent work. Staff will be able to answer questions and work one-on-one with participants.
Skills Covered: Navigation; uploading a syllabus; uploading files; creating announcements; editing your profile.


Building a Course in Canvas
Tuesday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

153 Murphy Library

This workshop will introduce you to the course development space where you will begin to build your course in Canvas. Learn to create modules, add content, customize module settings, and use third-party tools.

Participants should have laptop access to these items:
 
  1. Your course syllabus with detailed class schedule.
  2. A list of assignments you will include in Canvas Gradebook.
  3. An electronic folder that contains your course documents, e.g., readings, assignments, assignments, lecture slides, presentations, and video/audio files. Also bring a list of the website URLs you use in your course.

Creating Assignments & Rubrics in Canvas
Wednesday, April 3, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

153 Murphy Library

This workshop is an overview of the functionality of Canvas assignments. It includes creating assignments, adjusting assignment settings, using assignment groups, and the relationship of assignments to the Gradebook. Additionally, participants will learn how to create and use rubrics for assessing assignments.

​Participants should bring a current student assignment and corresponding rubric (digital or paper copy).


Copying & Migrating Course Materials from D2L to Canvas
Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

153 Murphy Library

Get ready - D2L will no longer be available starting in September 2019. Learn how to save your D2L course materials and move them to Canvas. This workshop is a step-by-step overview that covers how to copy content from a D2L course to a Canvas course, using a zip file.
 
To prepare for the workshop, participants are encouraged to clean up their D2L course by deleting unnecessary files and content. To do this, follow the instructions at this LINK.

Building a Course in Canvas
Thursday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
153 Murphy Library

This workshop will introduce you to the course development space where you will begin to build your course in Canvas. Learn to create modules, add content, customize module settings, and use third-party tools.

Participants should have laptop access to these items:
 
  1. Your course syllabus with detailed class schedule.
  2. A list of assignments you will include in Canvas Gradebook.
  3. An electronic folder that contains your course documents, e.g., readings, assignments, assignments, lecture slides, presentations, and video/audio files. Also bring a list of the website URLs you use in your course.

Grading in Canvas
Wednesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
153 Murphy Library

This workshop focuses on using the Canvas Gradebook. You will learn methods for efficient Gradebook usage, the benefits of using SpeedGrader, and the Gradebook's relationship to other tools in Canvas.


Building a Course in Canvas
Friday, April 19, 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

153 Murphy Library

This workshop will introduce you to the course development space where you will begin to build your course in Canvas. Learn to create modules, add content, customize module settings, and use third-party tools.

Participants should have laptop access to these items:
 
  1. Your course syllabus with detailed class schedule.
  2. A list of assignments you will include in Canvas Gradebook.
  3. An electronic folder that contains your course documents, e.g., readings, assignments, assignments, lecture slides, presentations, and video/audio files. Also bring a list of the website URLs you use in your course.

Copying and Migrating Course Materials from D2L to Canvas
Tuesday, April 23, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

153 Murphy Library

Get ready - D2L will no longer be available starting in September 2019. Learn how to save your D2L course materials and move them to Canvas. This workshop is a step-by-step overview that covers how to copy content from a D2L course to a Canvas course, using a zip file.
 
To prepare for the workshop, participants are encouraged to clean up their D2L course by deleting unnecessary files and content. To do this, follow the instructions at this LINK.

Building a Course in Canvas
Thursday, April 25, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

153 Murphy Library

This workshop will introduce you to the course development space where you will begin to build your course in Canvas. Learn to create modules, add content, customize module settings, and use third-party tools.

Participants should have laptop access to these items:
 
  1. Your course syllabus with detailed class schedule.
  2. A list of assignments you will include in Canvas Gradebook.
  3. An electronic folder that contains your course documents, e.g., readings, assignments, assignments, lecture slides, presentations, and video/audio files. Also bring a list of the website URLs you use in your course.



FAQS

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 https://www.uwlax.edu/info/log-on-to-learn/ or the Canvas/D2L link off UWL’s top navigation bar.

Canvas Communications Archive

03-30-2019

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.

03-01-2019
Canvas workshop schedule, Individual Consultation details, and Canvas Immersion Week announced for the month of March 2019.

02-19-2019

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..

02-08-2019
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.

02-05-2019
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.

02-01-2019
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.

01-31-2019
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.

01-14-2019
September 2019 D2L access deadlines established; Canvas support contact options and workshops announced for January and February 2019.  

01-07-2019
Invitation to all instructional staff to register for "Introduction to Canvas" sessions January 16, 2019.

01-03-2019
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.

12-18-2018
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.

12-14-2018
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.

12-05-2018
Reminder of December 2018 "Grading in Canvas" sessions for instructors using Canvas fall 2018.


11-13-2018
Announcement of Nov 2018 - Jan 2019 Canvas workshops, consultation opportunities, and availability of 24/7/365 toll-free Canvas telephone support.

07-16-2018
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.

05-14-2018
Canvas "early adopters" (teaching in Canvas fall of 2018) requested to register for May 2018 training sessions.

04-05-2018
Request for individuals intending to teach with Canvas in the fall of 2018 to complete a brief survey.

03-29-2018
General information about Canvas rollout, information on spring 2018 "train-the-trainer" and introductory sessions.

01-04-2018
Reminder re: UW-System's request for feedback concerning proposed default Canvas course templates.

12-21-2017
UW-System solicits faculty feedback regarding default Canvas course templates.

11-09-2017
D2L to Canvas "Open House" event announced, requesting local faculty/instructor feedback

10-25-2017
Reassurance that D2L will be available through end of AY2019; notice that Canvas will first be available for fall 2018 courses.

10-19-2017
UW Board of Regents selects Canvas as successor LMS for UW-System.

Related Links

UW System Digital Learning Environment Project Site
https://www.wisconsin.edu/dle

Canvas Infrastructure Status
https://status.instructure.com