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The University is Adopting Canvas; CEHD Can Do It!

The University of Minnesota started to migrate Moodle courses to Canvas in the Fall of 2017.  If you are familiar with Canvas and want to get started building your courses be sure to see the Getting Started with Canvas section for all the tips and tricks you need or schedule an appointment with, we will help you get used to the new system.

Why Canvas?

The decision to move from Moodle to Canvas was heavily influenced by faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota including our CEHD community. The move comes after positive and encouraging results during an in-depth, two-year pilot and evaluation. The pilot included 55 instructors and 87 courses from CEHD.  Data from the pilot showed both students and faculty had a preference for Canvas over Moodle. Canvas was chosen due to its:

  • Ease of use: managing courses and course resources will be easier for both instructors and students.
  • Mobile friendliness: A mobile app for instructors and students makes work on the go quick and easy and even without the application, the mobile web browser works great.
  • Integration: Canvas seamlessly integration with tools used in our courses such as Google Apps, Fliprgrid and Turnitin just to name a few!

What Can I Do With Canvas?


Canvas courses have nearly all the functionalities you are used to, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and so much more!  



What Do Courses Look Like in Canvas?

After supporting CEHD faculty in the pilot, DEI’s team of instructional designers built a few Canvas course examples to share, go ahead and click around to check out some of features.



What Should You Do Now?

Let DEI Team help you convert! While you can certainly choose to import your Moodle content into Canvas own your own, moving content from Moodle into Canvas is the most complicated and time-consuming aspect of switching to Canvas.   

For help from DEI, request to move Moodle course content to a Canvas course site using this form –

While we prepare your content, see how to use Canvas today !  


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