Canvas Transition

Canvas by Instructure

Canvas by Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that has been used as a pilot at TWU since Fall 2016. TWU courses are currently undergoing a phased transition to the Canvas platform and will be TWU’s sole course delivery system. Below are some important dates to know.

  • June 3, 2019 – (Beginning of Summer 2 session) - All courses will be taught or supplemented in Canvas.
  • June 15, 2019 – This is the last day that faculty will be able to access their materials in Blackboard. Materials from courses that are currently being taught or that might be taught in the future need to be migrated to Canvas by this date.

Faculty should utilize a sandbox to place materials for each course under development in Canvas. Sandboxes can be requested by submitting a ticket to the Service Desk. Please include the course number(s) in the Service Desk Ticket [Example: ENG 1013]. You may have as many sandboxes as needed.

If you need more information about how to move information out of Blackboard, please contact Teaching and Learning with Technology at or 81-3409. Please consult your departmental chair/director or the Timeline webpage for more information on the timing of your unit’s transition period.

How do I request a custom Canvas Home Page for my course?

The Canvas Course Home Page is the first view your students will see when they enter your course. For the Course Home Page, you can work with an instructional designer to select a design, customize the details and create your perfect Course Home Page.

Related Knowledge Base Article: How to Request a Custom Canvas Home Page (Instructors)

Getting Started with Canvas (Instructors)

Teaching and Learning with Technology has compiled the Getting Started with Canvas (Instructors) resource you will find helpful as you start using Canvas. 

We recommend that you attend the Step 1: Canvas Overview/Course Management and Step 2: Blackboard to Canvas Transfer training. Registration and dates can be found on the Faculty Training page. Be sure to request additional Canvas Sandboxes if you need them.

Additional Guides to Using Canvas can be found on the Support page to help with the transition.

What do I need to do before and after the semester?

Preparing for and finalizing your course each semester requires several steps that may vary dependent on your course design and teaching style. TLT has provided a Pre-Semester and Post-Semester Checklist to help you with this process. Keep in mind that your setup may vary from this list. Your instructional designer will be able to help you.

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