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.

If you need more information about how to move information out of Blackboard, please contact Teaching and Learning with Technology at or 8-41-3409. Please consult your departmental chair/director or the Timeline webpage for more information on the timing of your unit’s transition period.

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New Canvas Feature

Analytics Beta

Instructors now have the option to include improved analytics in courses. Eventually Analytics Beta will replace the current Course Analytics but for now, Analytics Beta and Course Analytics can be used concurrently.

The first feature available within Analytics Beta is Course Grade. Course Grade allows instructors to view the average course grade for all course data using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course grade with a specific section, student, or assignment.

For detailed information about Analytics Beta: Course Grade, review the Release Notes.

(October 30, 2018)

Learn about the latest Canvas Feature Updates!

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 the semester begins?

Getting ready for the upcoming semester requires several steps that may vary dependent on your course design and teaching style. We have provided a checklist to help you. Keep in mind that your setup may vary from this list. Please contact your instructional designer if you need assistance getting your course ready. View the Pre-Semester Checklist in Google Docs.

Page last updated 10:15 AM, October 30, 2018