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. After much consideration, Canvas has been selected to become TWU’s sole course delivery system beginning Fall 2019. TWU courses will undergo a phased transition to the Canvas platform starting immediately and ending on August 31, 2019, when TWU’s contract with Blackboard will expire. Please consult your departmental chair/director for more information on the timing of your unit’s transition period.

New Canvas Feature


Canvas has a new gradebook with enhanced functionality to sort and filter columns. This gradebook retains the functionality you are used to seeing while adding some new features to allow you to customize your gradebook. To find out more about the New Gradebook go to the New Gradebook Guide - Table of Contents.

(August 20, 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 8:42 AM, September 14, 2018