Canvas Live for Spring 2017

To: UCSC Faculty, Staff, and Students

From: Leslie Kern, Information Technology Services

ITS is pleased to announce that the new Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas at UCSC will launch for spring quarter. Courses offered in the Canvas LMS prior to this have been part of a pilot in partnership with UCOP. Beginning with spring quarter, the Canvas service will be live.

Faculty have options to teach in Canvas right away or continue using eCommons, our legacy LMS, for a few more quarters. A course shell with enrollments will be created in Canvas for all courses in the Registrar's catalog, and any instructor who wishes to use Canvas for spring quarter will be able to do so. While we encourage faculty to adopt Canvas as soon as possible, eCommons will continue to be available through winter 2018 for undergraduate courses that already have materials in that system, allowing additional time to get existing course content migrated. New courses and graduate-level courses should be hosted in Canvas.

Canvas will be live and available to faculty to work in by early March. Additional information will be provided at that time on accessing the system, how to use the system, how course materials can be migrated, and how to get support 24x7. Students will receive additional information on accessing their courses and getting help with Canvas prior to the start of spring quarter.

We look forward to supporting the new opportunities for teaching and learning provided by Canvas. Please contact the FITC with any questions. The FITC can be reached through, by phone at 459-5506, or by stopping by the FITC offices in McHenry Library, Room 1330 between 8AM and 5PM Monday through Friday.

Leslie Kern
FITC Operations Manager