Canvas at UChicago

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Request Your Canvas Course Sites Now

Faculty and instructors,

If you are not teaching this summer or autumn but want to start exploring this new platform, contact canvas@uchicago.edu to get a test course.

Request Summer Course Sites

Experience Canvas!

Canvas has been selected by the LMS Review Faculty Committee to replace Chalk as the University of Chicago’s learning management system (LMS). The transition from Chalk to Canvas will take place in phases between Fall 2016 and Spring 2018. During this time Chalk will still be available. For more information about the transition, see the Canvas Transition page.

Benefits of Canvas

  • A modern and uncluttered interface with easy to use, intuitive features
  • 24×7 support available
  • Improved mobile experience with free mobile apps
  • Better collaboration features through Google Docs and UChicago Box integration
  • Robust environment for content authoring
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When do I have to start teaching in Canvas?

Starting with Summer 2017, our goal is to have all for-credit courses facilitated in Canvas. Depending on when you teach in the 2017-2018 academic year, you’ll want to plan to transition any Chalk courses to Canvas ahead of your first teaching quarter.

Non-credit courses and organizational sites are scheduled to transition later this year. Outreach to transition these sites will begin mid-late summer and continue through the autumn 2017 quarter.

NOTE:  Canvas transition for faculty in Booth, Law and Pritzker will be supported by their local support staff and has already begun.  Check with them to find out more about your transition timeline and support.

Keep in mind that you can begin migrating your materials over to Canvas ASAP even if you are not teaching in summer or autumn 2017.  We are happy to set up test courses where you begin moving and rebuilding content well in advance of the full transition in summer 2017 – just email us at canvas@uchicago.edu to request your test courses.

How do I get started?

  1. Request your Summer 2017 courses now (CNetID login required; see our step-by-step guide), or put in a request for your Autumn 2017 courses to get a head start.
  2. Email canvas@uchicago.edu to request a test course if you won’t teach until after autumn 2017. Discover and try out tools before you use them in your real course; migrate your Chalk course content over so that you have them for future reference.
  3. Take the self-paced Learn Canvas 2016 course for instructors from Lynda.com (CNetID login).
  4. Attend one of our upcoming workshops or walk-in sessions.
  5. Schedule a consultation to help evaluate your course and identify strategies to best leverage Canvas’ functionality.

Experience Canvas!

Canvas has been selected by the LMS Review Faculty Committee to replace Chalk as the University of Chicago’s Learning Management System (LMS). The transition from Chalk to Canvas will take place in phases between Fall 2016 and Spring 2018. During this time Chalk will still be available. For more information about the transition, see the Canvas Transition page.

Benefits of Canvas

  • A modern and uncluttered interface
  • Easy to use, intuitive features
  • Improved mobile experience
  • Better collaboration features through Google Docs and UChicago Box integration
  • Robust environment for content authoring