UM System is launching a single Canvas instance for all campuses. All campuses will begin offering courses in the new One Canvas instance beginning Fall Semester 2021. Access to One Canvas after Aug. 11, 2021, will be automatic for all users.


What is the overall timeline?

March 22, 2021

Instructors will gain access to the One Canvas instance. Instructors will have access to Fall 2021 semester course sites. 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 campus Canvas instances for summer 2021 courses.

Aug. 11, 2021 

One Canvas access opens to students.

Mid August 2021

URLs to campus-specific Canvas instances will redirect to the One Canvas instance.
Instructors and students will not have access to campus-specific Canvas instances after this date.

Why are we moving to One Canvas instance?

Consolidating into one Canvas instance 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 instance removes redundancy in academic tools, which reduces licensing fees and provides more efficient allocation of eLearning support resources.

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

You do not have to request a Canvas site for any class that is listed in your campus student information system (Joe’SS, 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.

When will current/previous Canvas sites be migrated to the One Canvas instance?

March 2021

All 2020 course sites were copied to the new Canvas instance.
Migration requests (via emailing open for current Development or Sandbox sites.


The following Canvas items have been copied to the new Canvas instance: 

  • Spring 2021 course sites 
  • Development/Sandbox sites.
  • Published Organization sites. 

August 2021

Summer 2021 course sites will be copied to the new Canvas instance.
Migration requests (via emailing open for old (e.g., FS 2019) or inactive Development, Sandbox and organization sites.

Will past student course work be migrated to One Canvas? 

Student data and course work will not be migrated to the new Canvas. Only the instructor's course materials are moved. If an instructor needs to save specific student work, they can go to each assignment and download the student submissions. Additionally, students can download a copy of their submitted work for all their courses by using the export tool in Canvas. You must be done with this by August 10th.

What happens if I have a student with an incomplete?

We encourage you to try to have students finish incomplete work before August 10th if at all possible. If not, you will need to download any student work.

How do I combine classes on the new Canvas?

The Canvas Request System allows you to combine sections and cross-listed courses. Those changes should be available in Canvas within ~24–48 hours.

How quickly does Registrar information update in Canvas?

Once changes are made in Peoplesoft by the Registrar, those changes should be available in Canvas within ~24–48 hours.

Can I have an Organization site on One Canvas?

Yes. Organization sites can be requested for One Canvas via the Canvas Request System.  Published organization sites have been migrated to One Canvas.

Can I have a Development/sandbox site on One Canvas?

Yes. Development sites can be requested for One Canvas via the Canvas Request System. Active (since January 2020) Development/Sandbox sites have been migrated to One Canvas.

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

Yes, but only until August 10th. You are currently able to export your Canvas site and import it into a course site on 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 One Canvas. They do not include user enrollments or user data.

What external tools will be available in new One Canvas?

While we are working to make sure major third-party applications (Zoom, etc.) are available in One Canvas, you may not see everything you are used to turned on during this initial phase of access. For example, the Panopto Recordings tool is now available to record new videos. Previous semester's video will be available in August. If you log in to One Canvas and don’t have a third-party application that you need for Fall 2021 course development, please email us at with your course(s) and what third-party application you are looking for. Click here to see if a particular tool is currently available.

Will I be able to use the grade passback tool to my Student Information System (Peoplesoft) with One Canvas?

Yes, but this feature will not be ready until the fall.

How do I add users to my course?

If the users need to be able to access the gradebook (Instructors, TAs, etc.), they will need to be added by your Schedule of Courses contact (scheduler) to your course via the student information system for your subject area.  Once that is done, the person will automatically be added to the Canvas site as long as they have taken the FERPA quiz. Please see this help article for information about students and other users.

What user roles are available in One Canvas?

Most roles are exactly the same, or very similar, to the roles in the campus instances of Canvas. To learn more about the roles or to request a higher level of access please see this help article.

I have additional questions — who should I contact?

The eLearning Academic Technology team is ready to answer your questions about the move. Please email us at, chat with us on or give us a call at 855-675-0755 between 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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