University of Wisconsin–Madison


Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that features intuitive instructional workflows, improved collaboration, and the ability to integrate with many external tools.

UW-Madison is transitioning to transitioning to Canvas over the next two years. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS on campus, and to discontinue campus licensing and support of D2L and Moodle by 2018.


  • Intuitive instructional workflows
  • Improved collaboration
  • Integrates with many external tools

Getting started

Canvas is now available for credit courses beginning in Fall 2016 semester. Campus plans are being developed for non-credit use of Canvas.

Faculty and instructional staff should contact the designated instructional technology point-person for their school or college to help plan for their transition to Canvas.

All credit-based courses are automatically created in Canvas and available to instructors upon login. To access Canvas, log into the Learn@UW Course Dashboard. Instructors will see links to all their available courses in Canvas, D2L and Moodle.

Get help

Initial support options include 24-hour support from Canvas, online tutorials and KnowledgeBase documentation.

DoIT Academic Technology (AT), in partnership with school and college instructional technology staff, currently provides on-campus, in-person support and will continue to expand user support options during the fall semester. View current resources.

For general inquires about transitioning to Canvas or requesting a Canvas course space, please contact the Learn@UW Madison team at