Canvas Course Design Feedback – November 28th

PrintAs part of the Canvas migration project, there has been a UW-System team working on developing different course template options.  This team will be visiting UW-Whitewater on Tuesday, November 28th between 1pm and 5pm.  During this time, the team will be giving you a chance to have some hands on interaction with the course templates and will be seeking your feedback.  This feedback will be used to guide the development of the final versions that will be implemented for courses inside of the Canvas platform.  Laptops will be provided in these sessions.  Please bring along any mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc) that you would also like to use for testing.

We are seeking feedback from ALL audiences that plan to interface with Canvas on campus.  Please register for one of the appropriate sessions below!

Teacher (Instructor) Audience – sessions held in McGraw 19a:

Learner (Student) Audience – sessions held in McGraw 19c:

If you have any questions please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Instructure Canvas contract signed by UW-System Board of Regents

PrintUW-Whitewater has received word that the UW System Board of Regents has signed the contract with Instructure for their Canvas product.

Now that the contract is signed, here is what you need to know:

  • The Director of Learning Technology is serving as the UW-Whitewater Institution Project Manager.  Please continue to use the Learning Technology Center ( as your primary contact for questions and concerns.  Each UW-System Institution has a dedicated project team and will be working together on migration efforts.  Provost Elrod and Assistant Vice Chancellor Pokot (ICIT) are the UW-Whitewater project sponsors.
  • The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018 with all courses migrated before December 2019.  The move from D2L to Canvas is an exciting change, but will not happen overnight.  These estimates are not set in stone, and they may change as things progress.
  • Please do not contact UW-Madison colleagues or Canvas to gain access to a test course. Though we can understand that you might be excited to get started working in Canvas right away, please do not contact our colleagues at UW-Madison in an effort to gain access to their Canvas environment or use the free public version of Canvas to get started. Both of these environments may be quite different than the environment the UW System will be creating with Canvas and will not be included in migration planning.
  • Any inquiries from the media regarding the Instructure Canvas contract should be directed to:

We will continue to receive more information in the weeks and months ahead, and will do our best to communicate this information with the UW-Whitewater campus community as transparently as possible throughout this transition process. As we understand that there will be a lot of questions during this transition period, the Learning Technology Center has created a website to help keep the UW-Whitewater campus community informed, which can be accessed at this link:

We understand that whenever a large-scale change like this occurs, there will be a number of questions and concerns that arise. The Learning Technology Center aims to be as transparent as possible during this transition period, and will undertake concerted efforts to keep the UW-Whitewater campus community as informed as possible throughout the change. Please continue to contact the Learning Technology Center ( for questions and concerns related to this transition.

Learning Management System RFP Update

PrintOver the past year, UW-System has been in the process of conducting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to determine the Learning Management System going forward. We have been notified that the UW System Administration Procurement Office issued a Notice of Intent to Instructure for their Canvas product.

At this time, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Any inquiries from the media regarding the LMS contract, negotiation process, or anything related to the RFP should be directed to University Relations (
  • Currently, our understanding is that courses will continue to run in Desire2Learn (D2L) for the Fall 2017, Winterim 2018, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 semesters. There will be no migrations from D2L to Canvas during this time.
  • The current Desire2Learn contract is valid until June 30th, 2020.
  • Questions about the Canvas product should be directed to the UW-W Learning Technology Center. Please do not contact Canvas directly.

UW-System Administration is currently busy with the initial steps of the project planning and the migration. We don’t have any additional information to share just yet. However, we are in the process of developing a migration portal website where we will publish a timeline and future updates to help keep you informed.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the next steps of the process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.