Flexible Learning: Learning Management System Transition at UMass Amherst

Canvas by Instructure

In spring 2023, UMass Amherst announced Canvas will become the official learning management system (LMS) for on-campus and online courses.

Why Canvas

  • Canvas provides an accessible and inclusive experience, centered on ease of use for students and instructors.
  • A mobile-first platform with customizable options, Canvas offers students true flexibility in how and where they learn.
  • Canvas is a robust and reliable system that integrates easily with other technologies at UMass Amherst.
  • A single, university-wide LMS reduces complexity and simplifies the learning and teaching experience for students and faculty.

From Moodle & Blackboard to Canvas

  • The transition will take place over 2 years, starting in fall 2023.
  • An automated data transfer service will help move your course content from Moodle or Blackboard.
  • Multiple training opportunities will be available, in person and virtual, one-on-one and in groups. 
  • Important Dates & Deadlines

About the LMS Exploration Process

Canvas is the leading LMS among public research universities and stands out for its flexibility, ease of use, and mobile capabilities.


Transition Timeline

Winter 2022 -
Summer 2023

Canvas Announced, Outreach, Training & Rollout Begin

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  • Multi-year transition strategy announced
  • Requests opened for Fall 2023 courses
  • Requests opened for moving Fall 2023 course content to Canvas
  • Training opportunities available
Fall 2023 -
Summer 2024

Majority of Courses Transitioned to Canvas

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  • Courses continue to move to Canvas
  • Course migration support available
  • Training opportunities available
Fall 2024 -
Fall 2025  

All Courses Move to Canvas

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  • New courses will no longer be created in Blackboard and Moodle. Courses already in Blackboard and Moodle can be taught-out in those platforms. Limited support for legacy platforms continues for existing courses only.
  • Access to archived courses available through the end of the 2024-2025 academic year; ends 5/25/25

View the Canvas Course Migration Schedule

View the Canvas Transition Detailed Timeline


Important Dates

Monday, March 4, 2024

Final concierge migration requests open

for teaching in Fall 2024 | Request Concierge Migration

Friday, May 3, 2024

Final concierge migration request deadline

for teaching in Fall 2024 | Request Concierge Migration

Learn more about content migration options. Stay tuned for more dates & updates.

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Previous important dates
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Requests open for Fall 2023 Canvas Courses

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Training options available

Friday, June 16, 2023

Deadline to request fall course content to be moved to Canvas


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