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Canvas :: Canvas - Overview (UW-Madison)

This document outlines resources for instructors on how to get started with Canvas at UW-Madison.

Note: Based on feedback from UW-Madison users, Canvas functions best when used with Chrome or Firefox. Safari is not recommended.

Credit-based Courses Available in Canvas

All credit-based courses are  available in Canvas and can be accessed at https://canvas.wisc.edu

For details on the Canvas automated creation schedule each term, refer to Canvas - Automatic Course Creation Schedule. For information on how courses and sections are created, based on the configuration in the Student Information System, refer to Canvas - How Automated Course and Section Creation Works.

Currently DoIT does not remove past Canvas courses or restrict access to instructors to past courses. This policy may be revisited in the future as needs change. 

Non-Credit Courses in Canvas

Canvas can be used to deliver non-credit courses. This includes courses in the following areas:

  • Lifelong learning (enrichment or professional training) courses for external audiences
    Employee/Staff onboarding and training courses
  • Large‐scale training and compliance courses for employees
  • Large‐scale compliance courses for students

Request a Canvas Course

Canvas sandbox courses are available for those who wish to experiment with Canvas and begin designing courses in the meantime. Requests can be submitted through the Canvas Course Request form.

In addition, you can use the course request form to have a Canvas course created for non-credit delivery purposes.

Traditional, for-credit courses are automatically created and do not require a request. Information on the automatic creation of Course Guide courses in Canvas is available in Canvas - How Automated Course and Section Creation Works

Canvas Support and Training

Technical support of Canvas at UW-Madison is provided by the DoIT Help Desk. So if you have questions about Canvas, or are experiencing issues with Canvas, the Help Desk is the best resource.

For information on available Canvas training, please see Canvas - Training Resources (UW-Madison). For the latest updates about Canvas, please see the UW-Madison Canvas Information website. We also encourage you to use the UW-Madison Canvas Community.

For general questions about delivering a Lifelong Learning (enrichment or professional training) course for external audiences to Canvas, please contact:

For questions about using Canvas to deliver employee/staff and training courses, large-scale training and compliance courses for employees, and large-scale compliance courses for students, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.

Canvas System Requirements and Supported Browsers

Canvas Release Schedule

Instructure releases updates to Canvas monthly. Please see "Canvas Release Notes" for information on new releases. New releases also generally contain a short video summarizing changes in a release. Check the release notes often to stay informed on bug fixes or new features coming to Canvas.


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1 Canvas - Known Issue - Fillable PDFs Do Not Display Correctly in Speedgrader
1017902020-05-0753
2 Canvas - Student Tech Modules in Canvas Commons
1016942020-05-06206
3 Canvas - Best practices for delivering online quizzes and exams in Canvas
1013862020-05-08547
4 Canvas - Setting a Time Zone in Canvas
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5 Learn@UW - Service Status Pages for Learn@UW Tools
992002020-03-20265
6 Canvas - Course Readiness Support Role
988842020-03-16213
7 *** Canvas - Importing Content from another Canvas Course
985892020-03-10155
8 Canvas - How to extend time for a quiz
984842020-04-10477
9 Canvas - Linking to a Kaltura video from a Canvas course module
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10 Canvas - Upload, access, and share video in Canvas with Kaltura My Media
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11 Canvas - Embedded content, third-party cookies and Chrome 80
976362020-04-21463
12 Canvas - How to Mute/Unmute Assignments in the New Gradebook
955432019-11-041625
13 Kaltura/Canvas - Known Issue - Kaltura Media displays "API Error" when trying to access Kaltura media in Canvas
950892020-03-10631
14 Canvas - Known Issue - Roll Call Unable to Track Attendance Across Sections
949272020-05-19435
15 Canvas - Roll Call tool
948512019-11-04295
16 Atomic Assessments - Accessibility & Usability Guide for Instructors
946422019-11-22403
17 AEFIS - Eval - Viewing Survey Response Rates & Results (TA)
945792020-03-171043
18 Canvas - Examining the Grade Posting Policy
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19 Canvas - Known Issue - Internet Explorer Unsupported
944402019-09-11409
20 Canvas - Known Issue - Cannot Browse for Images to Insert to Course Summary
941972020-03-06429

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