Instructors

Canvas is UWM’s new digital learning environment, which will replace D2L by Spring 2020. Canvas is now available to all UWM instructors. By Spring 2020, courses will no longer be offered in D2L. Visit the Canvas Transition website for more information on UWM’s move from D2L to Canvas.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has partnered with many UWM school and college support offices to assist instructors with course migration, course redesign, learning technology integrations, and other needs related to the Canvas transition.

Get Help

Call CETL

414-229-4319

Email CETL

CETL@uwm.edu

Submit Form

Support Form

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides phone, email, and walk-in instructor support in Engelmann B59 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After Hours Support

Contact Canvas

If you are an instructor and need help using Canvas after hours, please contact Canvas directly.

Training

Training

You have several training options available to you as an instructor!

Face-to-Face CETL Workshops

Face-to-Face CETL Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides two different workshops for instructors to help you learn how to use Canvas. These workshops are good for instructors who would like hands-on assistance and the ability to ask questions of CETL staff in real time.


Canvas: Basics

In this introductory, hands-on workshop, instructors will learn the fundamentals of using Canvas for teaching and learning. Participants need to complete this workshop before attending Canvas: Advanced.

Following this workshop, CETL staff will be on hand to provide assistance to instructors who want to move materials from D2L to Canvas.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the Canvas environment
  • Organizing content using Modules
  • Adding pages, files, links, and images
  • Using the Syllabus tool
  • Creating course announcements
  • Adding assignments to Canvas
  • Grading assignments
  • Setting up a gradebook
  • Moving materials from D2L to Canvas
  • Using the Inbox
  • Getting help

Canvas: Advanced

In this advanced, hands-on workshop, instructors will learn about the various ways they can use Canvas to engage their students in face-to-face, online, and blended courses. Participants need to have completed Canvas: Basics before attending this workshop.

Topics include:

  • Creating quizzes
  • Managing question banks
  • Developing rubrics
  • Using asynchronous discussions
  • Assigning students to groups
  • Collaborating on documents
  • Communicating with students
  • Engaging students with mobile devices
  • Using the Canvas Calendar
  • Tracking attendance in Canvas

Canvas: All-in-One

In this hands-on workshop, instructors will learn many of the basic and advanced functions of Canvas for teaching and learning. This workshop combines key topics of the Canvas: Basics and Canvas: Advanced workshops. Due to its accelerated pace, this workshop is intended for instructors who feel comfortable using learning technology tools.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the Canvas environment
  • Organizing content using Modules
  • Adding pages, files, links, and images
  • Creating course announcements
  • Adding assignments to Canvas
  • Grading assignments
  • Setting up a gradebook
  • Creating multiple-choice quizzes in Canvas
  • Providing student accommodations
  • Managing student groups
  • Creating and participating in online, asynchronous discussions
  • Moving materials from D2L to Canvas
  • Using the Inbox
  • Getting help

Please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to request accommodations or with any questions.

Online Canvas Webinars

Online Canvas Webinars

Canvas provides a series of one-hour online webinars for instructors. These webinars are good for instructors who would like to attend training online but want to ask questions in real time. You will need to create an account with your UWM email address to register below. Be aware that the version of Canvas presented in these webinars may look and feel different from what is available at UWM. Please contact CETL with any questions about the Canvas Webinars.

Here are some of the webinars that Canvas provides for instructors:

  • First Look
  • Course Basics
  • Course Design Considerations
  • Assignments
  • Gradebook and SpeedGrader
  • Quiz Basics
  • Managing Quizzes
  • Group Work and Collaboration
  • Course Communications
  • Outcomes and Rubrics

Online Self-Paced CETL Training

Online Self-Paced CETL Training

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides online self-paced training for instructors. This training is good for instructors who would like to learn about Canvas online at their own pace without needing to ask questions in real time. Instructors will need to click the Take Canvas Training button below and then choose “Enroll in Course” when prompted to join the course on their Canvas dashboard.

The online, self-paced training includes how to:

  • Navigate the Canvas environment
  • Organize content using Modules
  • Add pages, files, links, and images
  • Use the Syllabus tool
  • Create course announcements
  • Add assignments to Canvas
  • Grade assignments
  • Set up a gradebook
  • Move materials from D2L to Canvas
  • Use the Inbox
  • And more!

Canvas Made Easy

Canvas Made Easy for Instructors

Below you will find in-depth documentation on how to complete the most important tasks in Canvas as an instructor. If you need additional information, you may want to check out the full catalog of Canvas Guides or use the D2L-to-Canvas Migration Tool to move your courses from D2L into Canvas.

Logging into Canvas

You will need to use your ePanther credentials to log into Canvas.

Global Navigation

The black navigation menu on the left when you log into Canvas is the Global Navigation area, which is like My Home in D2L. You can add only the courses you want to see on your Dashboard but still access your full list of courses under Courses.

Home

Home is like the Content area of D2L. In Home, you can add files, pages, links, and assignments to modules, which are like buckets that can organize your course into weeks or item type.

Announcements

Announcements are like the News area in D2L. A preview of the most recent three announcements will always show up on the Home page of the course.

Assignments and Grades

Assignments are like grade items in D2L. When you create an assignment in the Home area, it is automatically added to the gradebook. If you want to make an assignment that is like a Dropbox in D2L, you will need to create an Assignment and choose the “submission type” to be “online.”

Quizzes

Quizzes in Canvas serve the same function as Quizzes in D2L. When you create a Quiz in Canvas, an item for that quiz is automatically added to the gradebook.

Discussions and Groups

Discussions in Canvas serve the same function as Discussions in D2L. However, there is no distinction between topics and forums in Canvas as there is in D2L.

Administrative

Before students can see your course, you will need to Publish it, which is like making it active in D2L.

Moving Content from D2L to Canvas

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is committed to helping you move your content from D2L to Canvas. If you need assistance beyond our D2L-to-Canvas Migration Tool, please contact us at CETL@uwm.edu or 229-4319 for additional help.

Canvas Made Easy

Canvas Made Easy for Instructors

Below you will find in-depth documentation on how to complete the most important tasks in Canvas as an instructor. If you need additional information, you may want to check out the full catalog of Canvas Guides or use the D2L-to-Canvas Migration Tool to move your courses from D2L into Canvas.

Logging into Canvas

You will need to use your ePanther credentials to log into Canvas.

Global Navigation

The black navigation menu on the left when you log into Canvas is the Global Navigation area, which is like My Home in D2L. You can add only the courses you want to see on your Dashboard but still access your full list of courses under Courses.

Home

Home is like the Content area of D2L. In Home, you can add files, pages, links, and assignments to modules, which are like buckets that can organize your course into weeks or item type.

Announcements

Announcements are like the News area in D2L. A preview of the most recent three announcements will always show up on the Home page of the course.

Assignments and Grades

Assignments are like grade items in D2L. When you create an assignment in the Home area, it is automatically added to the gradebook. If you want to make an assignment that is like a Dropbox in D2L, you will need to create an Assignment and choose the “submission type” to be “online.”

Quizzes

Quizzes in Canvas serve the same function as Quizzes in D2L. When you create a Quiz in Canvas, an item for that quiz is automatically added to the gradebook.

Discussions and Groups

Discussions in Canvas serve the same function as Discussions in D2L. However, there is no distinction between topics and forums in Canvas as there is in D2L.

Administrative

Before students can see your course, you will need to Publish it, which is like making it active in D2L.

Moving Content from D2L to Canvas

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is committed to helping you move your content from D2L to Canvas. If you need assistance beyond our D2L-to-Canvas Migration Tool, please contact us at CETL@uwm.edu or 229-4319 for additional help.

D2L-to-Canvas Migration Tool

Moving your D2L course to Canvas?

To begin moving your D2L course site to Canvas, please visit the D2L-to-Canvas Migration Tool. Using this tool, you will learn how to download your course from D2L and upload your course to a Canvas. This tool will also help you determine the migration issues you are likely to experience based on your D2L course setup, and provide steps for fixing these issues through a series of tutorials.