D2L - Automatic course creation (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

This document describes when D2L courses will be automatically created for upcoming semesters.


Desire2Learn courses are created and rosters are updated based on the Registrar's enrollment schedule. All courses listed in the timetable are created automatically, except for Independent Studies (sections listed as IND). Throughout each academic term, Desire2Learn courses and rosters are updated on a daily basis for that term only.

As a term's beginning nears, courses and rosters are loaded once so that instructors may begin course preparation. Similarly, as each term comes to a close, daily updates to its course and roster data cease. At that time, data for the upcoming term begins being updated each day.

Approximate Transition Schedules

Below you can see the planned dates for the upcoming semesters (along with a more general schedule in parenthesis).

The first date is the "Initial Load" when courses will be first available to instructors to start preparing them. The second date is when "Daily Updates" to the D2L courses will start and the student rosters should match the SIS rosters.

Fall Courses
Initial Load: 1 week after enrollment begins
Interim One-Time Load: Approx. 4-5 weeks before instruction begins
Daily Updates: Approx. 2 weeks before instruction begins

Spring Courses
Initial Load: 1 week after enrollment begins
Daily Updates: On or around last day of Fall classes

Summer Courses
Initial load: 1 week after enrollment begins
Daily Updates: On or around last day of Spring classes

If you are an instructor and wish to start working on your course before the Initial Load date, please see the following document:
Requesting a course that is not automatically created (future, non-timetable)

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