Canvas is UWM’s new digital learning environment, which will replace D2L by Spring 2020. Instructors who signed up to be Canvas Pioneers will use Canvas in Fall 2018, and Canvas will be available to all UWM instructors in Spring 2019. 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.
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
If you are an instructor and need help using Canvas after hours, please contact Canvas directly.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
Please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to request accommodations or with any questions.
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
- Gradebook and SpeedGrader
- Quiz Basics
- Managing Quizzes
- Group Work and Collaboration
- Course Communications
- Outcomes and Rubrics
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!
The Canvas Guides provide in-depth help for just about anything you need to do in Canvas. Here are links to the most commonly used Guides for instructors:
Logging into Canvas
- How do I log into Canvas?
- How do I add a module?
- How do I add assignment types, pages, and files as module items?
- How do I add an external URL as a module item?
- How do I view a course using a test student?
Assignments and Grades
- How do I add an assignment group in a course?
- How do I weight the final course grade based on assignment groups?
- How do I enter and edit grades in the Gradebook?
- How do I add a rubric in a course?
- How do I use SpeedGrader?
- How do I add an image to a course card in the Dashboard?
- How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
- How do I publish a course?
Moving Content from D2L to Canvas
Frequently Asked Questions for Instructors
As part of the transition to Canvas, the UW System has locked down course navigation to provide a consistent experience for students. Therefore, if your course navigation reverts to the default after you have tried to customize it, this is not in error. You are unable to add items like Quizzes, Discussions, Files, and People to your course navigation.
The good news is that most anything you want students to be able to see can be added into Modules on the Home page.
Students cannot be added manually to official Canvas courses but must be added through the automatic integration with PAWS. Therefore, students need to make sure they are enrolled in the course in PAWS to be able to gain access to the Canvas course site.
You can move your course content by following these three steps:
It is recommended that you receive training on Canvas before moving your content to Canvas. Also, UWM’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning can provide help with moving content into Canvas!
Canvas provides a list of supported browsers.
For Canvas help, instructors can visit the Instructors navigation link on the Canvas login page. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides support for all UWM instructors. In addition, 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.
Canvas training for instructors is available on the Instructors navigation link on the Canvas login page. Four training options are available to instructors:
- Face-to-Face CETL Workshops
- Online Canvas Workshops
- Online Self-Paced CETL Training
- Canvas Guides
Canvas Pioneers are instructors who have volunteered to use Canvas for one or more of their courses in Fall 2018. Canvas will be available to all instructors starting in Spring 2019 onward.
Absolutely! While Canvas and D2L may look and feel different, your ability to use D2L in pedagogically-effective ways will transfer to Canvas. Plus, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is committed to providing training to instructors on the use of Canvas.
You may see courses in your Canvas Dashboard titled “Blank – Your Name – #”. These are simply empty courses without enrolled students that you can use to explore the Canvas environment. Master courses are also empty courses without enrolled students that you can use to develop courses in Canvas to later transfer to official course sites. You can request additional Blank or Master course sites by submitting a course site request form.
Yes. Students will have some courses in D2L and some courses in Canvas. Resources are available to support students through this transition.
Some external tools are already available for integration in Canvas. Here is the current list:
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
- Cengage MindLinks
- Kaltura (MyMedia)
- McGraw-Hill Campus
- Norton InQuizitive
- TurningPoint Clickers
In your Canvas course, click on “Instructor Tools” in the main navigation bar to learn more and to request external tools.
Yes! Canvas ePortfolio is similar to D2L in purpose and basic functionality, but the Canvas tool is simpler and less robust. The process of building (or sharing) an ePortfolio in Canvas is more straightforward and user-friendly, but there are some limitations to the tool. For more information about Canvas ePortfolio, please contact Sarah MacDonald in CETL.
Although the exact timelines may differ, all UW colleges and universities are moving to Canvas. The UW System contract with D2L ends in June 2020.