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Canvas - General tips and issues for instructors for moving to Canvas from another learning management system (UW-Madison)

This documents outlines some general issues an instructor may experience moving to Canvas from another LMS.

The following are some of the issues reported by users to the Canvas Pilot team as part of the 2015-2016 pilot. This list is not intended to be comprehensive but will assist instructors making the move to Canvas. Please use the comment feature at the bottom of the page to make suggestions for additions or changes to this document as you discover issues or best practices you feel other instructors would benefit from::

  1. We recommend that you either adjust or remove event and due dates on any content you import into Canvas from D2L or Moodle.
  2. The Canvas course menu items are not customizable. Any customizations to your course menu you have done in D2L or Moodle will not transfer to Canvas. You can use the settings tab in Canvas to hide items in the course navigation bar that are not being used or reorder navigation menu items.
  3. HTML pages are not editable inside Canvas. A D2L export and import into Canvas will convert HTML pages in your D2L content area to Canvas Pages which are editable. If you want to keep your HTML pages as HTML pages alternate solutions include uploading your HTML pages to Canvas but editing them offline and uploading updates to Canvas, or hosting your HTML pages on a separate web server and linking to them from your Canvas course.
  4. When creating announcements, make sure to include the course name in the body of the message - either at the beginning or the end. It might look a little off inside the course, but when your students get e-mail notifications of announcements students don’t readily see what course the announcement is being sent from.
  5. Canvas does not allow javascript in pages - make sure you remove it from any material in your existing courses.
  6. Canvas does not allow you to use cascading style sheets (CSS) in your material. Canvas should automatically strip it out, but be aware of any layout or readability issues this may cause with your students.
  7. If you previously had video in your course on the D2L or Moodle server, plan to upload it to Kaltura MediaSpace and embed the video content into Canvas pages rather than uploading the videos to Canvas. Please visit Kaltura at UW-Madison: Known Issues, Workarounds, and Best Practices for more information about Canvas/Kaltura integration issues.
  8. Make sure tools like Articulate Presenter 13 are updated to the latest version and that you are exporting HTML5 content or you may find that your content won’t work in Canvas. You can also export your lectures to videos for hosting in Kaltura MediaSpace or host them on a separate web server and link to them from inside Canvas.
  9. It is recommended that you consider removing Flash content from your course and replacing it with alternate content as it will likely not be viewable on mobile devices your students may use to access your course.
  10. If you think you may want to try exporting your content from D2L or Moodle and importing it into Canvas, test the export function early to make sure it works and your course will export within the Canvas course quota limit. Canvas courses currently have a size quota limit of 1 GB. 
  11. If you choose to export your content from D2L or Moodle and import it into Canvas, take time to preview your course as a student to see how your content looks and works in Canvas.
  12. Use div tables to create grid layout on pages. Traditional HTML tables are not responsive.

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Keywords:lms, transition, move, Canvas,Moodle, tips, issues,d2l,desire2learn,brightspace,scorm   Doc ID:62784
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2016-04-19 11:43 CDTUpdated:2017-03-16 13:00 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Learn@UW Madison, UW-Madison Canvas
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