Canvas transition

Canvas transition content

Welcome to Canvas

As of Fall 2019, Canvas  will be the digital learning environment for UWL and there will be no further access to D2L.  

  • Questions regarding the use of Canvas should be directed to CATL - instructional designers:
    • Khendum Gyabak (x6877)
    • Marjorie Bazluki (x6873)
  • Best practice involves an instructor building courses new (using new materials and/or materials from a previous D2L site) rather than migrating D2L materials to Canvas.
  • The use of Canvas requires the two-step authentication (Duo) process. Please refer to the Duo FAQs  or contact the Help Desk.

Canvas Workshops & Support for Instructors

Introduction to Canvas (2 hours) expanding section

This is a basic training session for instructors who have not used Canvas, and who have not completed a Canvas training. The session will focus on basic Canvas features including navigation, course tools to organize and communicate content with students. Bring your laptop. Direct questions to Khendum Gyabak,  

November 21, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. in Wing 102

January 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in 153 Murphy

January 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in 153 Murphy

Registration link: Introduction to Canvas

Grading in Canvas expanding section

This session is for instructors currently using Canvas and will review and answer questions about grading features in Canvas. Bring your laptop. Direct questions to Khendum Gyabak,

December 6, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. in Wing 102

December 10, 2018, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Wing 102

No registration necessary

Individual Consultation expanding section

Khendum Gyabak, CATL Instructional Designer, will be available to consult with faculty in November and December. If you would like to meet with Khendum, sign up here ( to schedule an appointment for specific Canvas related questions.

For ongoing help with Canvas, contact expanding section

Khendum Gyabak, CATL Instructional Designer,  

Marjorie Bazluki, CATL Instructional Designer,  

Canvas 24/7/365 support: 1(833)826-8720

Frequently asked questions

Why Canvas? expanding section

Key highlights of Instructure's open source Canvas platform include a simple and intuitive interface for ease of use, a grading feature that provides an efficient way for instructors to provide feedback to students, and a collaborative "peer to peer" environment for students. Canvas uses industry standards to integrate with other software tools, thereby reducing the cost of supporting the technology, and encourages collaboration by providing a means for instructors to easily share course materials across courses, departments, colleges, and institutions.

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

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. 

Who will help with the migration/transition? expanding section

It is strongly recommended that instructors build a course *new* in Canvas with your D2L content/materials.  The process and outcomes are both stronger this way.  However by summer of 2019, the content from all remaining courses will have been migrated by UWL’s IT team.  Training for building courses and teaching in Canvas will be provided by CATL.

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

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.