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Status: 11/09/2018

  • Several pilot courses have concluded successfully.
  • Student and Instructor Satisfaction Survey completed and results distributed.
  • Planning for Spring Pilot.

Canvas – Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

The UW System contract with Desire2Learn (D2L) is currently set to expire June 30, 2020. The Requests For Proposals (RFP) process ended recently with award of the contract to Instructure for their Canvas product. UW System has already begun organizing projects on each campus to plan for the transition from D2L to Canvas. D2L will remain as the Digital Learning Management or Learning Management System for our campus until at least Fall 2019. There will be no immediate change in system or service.

Canvas, our new Digital Learning Environment, will have both Fixed and Flexible components. While Canvas is a common system managed by UW System through the Learn@UW Utility, all campuses will be involved in determining how Canvas is configured: roles, integrations, which components are fixed or flexible. The Fixed items are to ensure a consistent student experience. The Flexible items will allow instructors to use what fits best with their subjects and ways of teaching. The configuration of Canvas will take place over the next six to eight months. During this time system administrators and trainers will learn Canvas, so they can provide training and support to the rest of campus. Instructors will be asked to review their courses and course content to reduce unnecessary migration work. Migration plans and instructions will be shared with instructors in group training, open labs, and one-on-one sessions. Early adopters may be sought to assist with testing the new system.


  1. Minimize the disruption for students and instructors.
  2. Provide a consistent student experience across all UW System campuses.
  3. Use only one DLE/LMS for all students on the UW Oshkosh campus.


  • Feedback surveys from instructors and students have been tabulated and distributed.
  • Attending college meetings to promote Canvas training.
  • Attending OSA meetings to improve student communication about the project.


  • Recruiting instructors for Spring Pilot.
  • Focus Groups with Fall Pilot instructors and students.
  • Lessons Learned presentation planned for Winterim.