LMS Transition: Detailed Timeline

The University's multi-year transition to Canvas offers multiple opportunities for course migration requests through the end of the 2024 academic year, when all remaining courses will be migrated.

Through the 2024-2025 academic year, limited support will be offered for legacy platforms (Blackboard and Moodle), though new courses can no longer be created. By Summer 2025, legacy platforms will no longer be supported.

The detailed project timeline below encompasses the full scope of UMass Amherst's LMS transition.

To view a timeline specific to course migration, visit: Canvas Course Migration Schedule


 

Spring 2023

Canvas Announcement & Planning

Contract Signed with Canvas

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Campus Alignment

Spring 2023 Outreach to Schools & Colleges

  • 2 year migration timeline presented
  • Deans determine strategic approach for larger migration
  • Faculty and instructors receive Canvas sandbox
  • Training and workshops announced

Academic Year 2023-2024

Migration & New Course Build Requests

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Course requests begin for Fall 2023

Request migration or new course build (request in SPIRE) to be ready to teach Fall 2023 or later.

Friday, June 16, 2023

Migration requests due for Fall 2023

Request migration

Monday, July 3, 2023

Course requests begin for Winter/Spring 2024

Request migration

Friday, September 8, 2023

Migration requests due for Winter/Spring 2024

Request migration

Monday, September 11, 2023

Course requests begin for Spring 2024

Request migration or new course build (request in SPIRE) to be ready to teach Spring 2024 or later.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Migration requests due for Spring 2024

Request migration

Monday, November 6, 2023

Course requests begin for Summer 2024

Request migration or new course build (request in SPIRE) to be ready to teach Summer 2024 or later.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Migration requests due for Spring 2024

Request migration

Academic Year 2024-2025

New Course Build Requests, Legacy Platforms Retired

Monday, January 8, 2024

Course requests begin for Summer 2024

Request migration or new course build (request in SPIRE) to be ready to teach Summer 2024 or later.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Migration requests due for Summer 2024

Request migration

Monday, March 4, 2024

Course requests begin for Fall 2024

Request migration or new course build (request in SPIRE) to be ready to teach Fall 2024 or later.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Course requests begin for Fall 2024

Request migration

June, 2024

Migration of all remaining courses

Thursday, August 1, 2024

Legacy Platform Course Creation Retired

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.

Summer 2025
Majority of Courses Taught in Canvas

Legacy platforms no longer supported.

  • Archived courses remain accessible until Saturday, May 25, 2025.
  • Contracts with Blackboard & Moodle end Monday, August 25, 2025.