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Training sessions available for Canvas, UW’s new learning management system

Over the next two years, the UW-Madison campus will be transitioning to Canvas, a cloud-based, open-source learning management system (LMS) used by more than 600 colleges and universities. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS, and to discontinue campus licensing of D2L and Moodle by 2018.

Hands-on Canvas demonstrations and training sessions are now available on campus, with several seats still remaining for multiple August sessions. Additional training sessions will also be available this fall.

Canvas Demonstration: What is Canvas?

Thursday, Aug. 4, 11am-noon
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 9-10am
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10-11am

Getting Started with Canvas
Friday, Aug. 5, 1-4pm (FULL)
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1-4pm
Thursday, Aug. 25, 9am-noon

For those who are interested in a fully online, self-paced training course, log into with your NetID credentials to access the course. Do-it-yourself instructions for exporting existing course materials from D2L and importing into Canvas are to be found at

Additionally, learning technology consultants from DoIT Academic Technology (AT) are now available by appointment for one-on-one Canvas consultations. Consultants can advise on topics such as when to switch to Canvas, how to get started and how to effectively use the LMS to support student learning. Some schools and colleges are also offering consultations through their designated instructional technology point-people.

To request an appointment with DoIT AT, please email and include questions, course information and contact details. Due to resource constraints, priority will be given to credit-based courses offered in the fall. Consultations are expected to last approximately one hour or less.

For more information about the campus transition, visit or contact the UW-Madison Canvas Transition Team at

For support for transitioning CALS courses, Tom Tabone ( senior instructional technologist in CALS, is available. Courses that are being inaugurated this semester or undergoing significant redesign are good candidates for using Canvas this fall semester.