Canvas Information and Events

Canvas Transition
October 30, 2018

Migration assistance, webinars, workshops, sessions, Quizzes.Next info, and resources are available.

Moodle to Canvas Course Migration Assistance Continues

University of Minnesota's Office of Information Technology (OIT) Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) is ready to accept requests to migrate Moodle content and activities to Canvas for courses to be taught during Spring/May/Summer/Fall 2019.

Course migration assistance is now available through Summer 2019. Approved course migration requests will be processed on a rolling basis and migrated course content will be returned within six (6) weeks from the date of each course migration request.

To request Moodle to Canvas course content migration assistance for May/Spring/Summer/Fall 2019 courses, complete the Course Migration Assistance Form.

Canvas Webinars, Workshops, and Sessions

UMD Teaching with Canvas Sessions

In this course, participants explore principles and practices for creating a student-centered and sustainable course site with Canvas. Participants will have the opportunity to work with their own course material or with sample course sites during activities in this hands-on workshop.

Teaching with Canvas Session Schedule
Day Date Time Location Learn more and Register
Thursday December 6 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kirby Plaza 173 Register for UMD Teaching with Canvas Session
Friday December 7 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirby Plaza 173 Register for UMD Teaching with Canvas Session

More Canvas Training Opportunities

Canvas Basics Online Webinars

New to Canvas? Starting to think about moving from Moodle to Canvas? If so, plan to attend an online 60 minute, Canvas Basics Webinar that will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas. Additional time is allotted for Q&A.

Next "Canvas Basics" Webinar
Day Date Time Location Learn more and Register
Thursday November 8 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. WebEx online meeting Register for Canvas Basics Webinar

Discover Canvas Workshop Series

Each course in the Discover Canvas Workshop Series takes a deep dive into one Canvas topic. The workshops take place over 4-days. Participants should expect to commit at least one hour per day over 4 days (a minimum of 4 hours) completing online activities within a practice Canvas course site in addition to attending an optional 1-hour online session in WebEx. The WebEx session is recorded and made available.

Visit the Canvas Transition website for complete Canvas resources and information.

Quizzes.Next in Canvas

Canvas has built out their next generation quizzing tool, “Quizzes.Next,” alongside classic Canvas Quizzes. Quizzes.Next allows Instructors to create assessments using a variety of question types that were not available in classic Canvas Quizzes, e.g.,ordering, categorization and hot spots. Please note: Hot spot question types are not accessible via a screen reader. When all the features currently available in classic Quizzes have been added to Quizzes.Next, classic Quizzes will be retired.

Quizzes.Next assessments are created and displayed in the Assignments area and can be duplicated. Items to note:

  • You can use both quiz solutions in your course site.
  • You can convert classic Quizzes to Quizzes.Next but you cannot go backwards.
  • At this point, question banks in classic Quizzes can not be converted to Quizzes.Next.

Quizzes.Next also supports restricting students from viewing their results after submitting an assessment.

Visit Canvas Quizzes vs. Quizzes.Next to learn more about the pros and cons of each tool.

Related Resources and Information



Educational Technology Fall Drop-In Sessions

Regular Drop-In Sessions

Drop by Kirby Plaza 175 with questions or bring a laptop/mobile device to work on your courses. Sessions are free and no registration is required. They will be held every Monday to Thursday, August 20- December 6, 2018.

Regular Schedule
Day Time
Monday 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information visit Educational Technology Sessions at UMD.

Extended Drop-In Sessions for End of Semester Wrap Up

Extended Schedule
Day Date Time
Thursday December 6 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Friday December 7 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Monday December 10 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 11 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Wednesday December 12 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday December 13 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday December 14 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Monday December 17 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 18 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Wednesday December 19 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Technical Issues and Troubleshooting

Technical issues and troubleshooting can be addressed or triaged by contacting one of the Help Desks.

  1. UMD ITSS TechCenter Help Desk at, 218-726-8847 or stop by Kirby Plaza 165.
  2. UMN OIT Technology Help Service Desk at or 612-301-4357.

Consult with an ITSS Educational Technologist

To schedule a consultation with an ITSS Educational Technologist, complete the consultation request form and they will contact you within two business days.

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