Canvas Transition Information: Transition to Canvas
Considering a move to Canvas? Before you do, here are some helpful steps to get started:
1. Contact your unit or campus contact first!
They will be able to offer more information about your specialized departmental or campus plans and what steps you need to consider before moving your course(s).
2. Explore Canvas
- Login to Canvas. If you are teaching a course in Spring 2018 you will see your auto-generated unpublished course sites. Learn more about unpublished course sites.
If you want to explore Canvas and try out its features, request a development site. You can develop your course and easily import it into your upcoming semester’s unpublished course site when you are ready to teach.
- Why Canvas?
3. Start building your site
Option 1. Import content from a Moodle site.
Create a backup file of your Moodle course and import into your Canvas course site.
Note: Some Moodle tools will not transfer to Canvas. Learn more about how Moodle activities and resources migrate into Canvas. Your Canvas Contact can help you with alternative options.
Option 2. Import content from an existing Canvas site.
Copy an existing Canvas site or import a content export file.
Option 3. Build from scratch
Option 4. Build using a template
Units from across UMN have established pre-built templates that can be used to provide a general framework for creating a usable and well-designed site. Either use the templates as a starting point when building from scratch, or to improve an imported Moodle site.
4. Publish your course site
- Once finalized, your course site needs to be published so enrolled students can find and access it.
- Notify your students (optional)
It's recommended that you contact your enrolled students and let them know you are using Canvas. Find your class list and send a message to your students.