The UM System is launching a single Canvas for all campuses. The goal is for all campuses to begin offering courses in the new campus beginning Fall Semester 2021.

What is the timeline for moving to one Canvas?

March 2021

Instructors will be able to begin working on sites for use in the fall 2021 semester in the new canvas system. Instructors and students continue teaching and learning in the present campus Canvas instances.

May 2021

Instructors and students continue teaching and learning in the present Canvas instances for summer 2021 courses.

August 5, 2021 

UM system Canvas access open to students 

August 15, 2021

URLs to campus-specific Canvas systems will redirect to the new Canvas system

Why are we moving to one Canvas?

Consolidating into one Canvas supports cross-campus enrollment and collaborative teaching by providing a single point of access for all users. It also provides a seamless learning experience for students. Moving to one Canvas system removes redundancy in academic tools which therefore reduces licensing fees and provides more efficient allocation of eLearning support resources.

I have a course that will still be running when we switch to the new Canvas. What do I need to do?

You will work with UM eLearning staff to schedule a cutover date – please e-mail us at keeplearning@umsystem.edu to get on the calendar. Your site will be imported into the new Canvas instance and on the cutover date, you and your students will begin working in the new instance. 

Can I have an organization site on the new Canvas?

Yes. Organization sites can be requested for the new Canvas in the Canvas Request System. Existing organization sites can be imported into the new Canvas.

How do I get a site for my course on the new Canvas?

You do not have to request a Canvas site for any class that is listed in your campus student information system (Joe’s, MyView, Pathway, or MyZou) for Fall 2021. Those classes will automatically have a Canvas site in the new system. 

Instructors, teaching assistants, and enrolled students for the associated class will automatically be enrolled in the canvas site with the appropriate role. Instructors and teaching assistants will still need to have a passing FERPA score on record to have access to their Canvas sites.

How do I combine classes on the new Canvas?

There will be a Course Request System that will allow you to combine sections and cross-listed courses.

I have already built a site on my campus Canvas. Can I copy it to the new one?

Yes, you will be able to export your Canvas site and import it into the new Canvas system. Canvas export files only contain course materials and structure. They do not include user enrollments or user data. 

Additionally, all Canvas sites from the last academic year will be copied to the new Canvas.

What external tools will be available in the new Canvas?

You should have access to the same tools that you have now. However, some tools may not be available until the Fall 2021 semester.

I have additional questions – who do I contact?

The eLearning Academic Technology team is ready to answer your questions about the move. Please e-mail us at keeplearning@umsystem.edu, chat with us on teachingtools.umsystem.edu or give us a call at (855) 675-0755.


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