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Canvas Transition Website and Resources

The Canvas Transition website will go live today, June 2, 2014. The website has a timeline for the transition, a history of the decision-making process that brought Northwestern to the announcement that Canvas will become the university’s new learning management system, resources for faculty and students, and a series of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Using the resources on the site, Northwestern faculty and staff will be able to request Canvas accounts, request a course for Summer 2014, and keep tabs on the progress of the transition. The site links to tutorials showing users how to navigate Canvas, how to set up a course, and detailing special features, like SpeedGrader. The site is not complete yet, and will evolve over the next 15 months, but it is important to get information about the transition out to the community quickly.


We’ve set up a public organizational calendar with scheduling information for workshops and drop-in hours. Members of the NU community can add this calendar to their Outlook accounts by following the instructions here: <>.

Are you a faculty member or TA who has used Canvas? Would you like share your experiences on this blog? Drop us a note at and we’d be glad to have you write a piece — we can even offer a really nice photo (see the posts in the Meet the Prof. series) of you as a token of our thanks.