Canvas is coming soon to a classroom near you

Computing & Information Technology is hard at work preparing to upgrade Wayne State University's learning management system to Canvas. Twenty instructors and 1,500 students are already using Canvas this semester as early adopters. They are providing regular feedback to help create the best online learning experience for our campus.

Blackboard timeline

Blackboard will be unavailable at the end of August 2018. Starting in fall 2018, all courses will be taught in Canvas. Colleges will incrementally transition to Canvas beginning winter 2018; a schedule of conversion dates will be shared as this process moves forward.

What to expect

Canvas differs from Blackboard in a few key ways, but the most important difference is that users will experience fewer bugs and outages. The system was designed for reliability and is hosted by Amazon Web Services, the same service that powers, Netflix and Spotify. Canvas guarantees an uptime of 99.9 percent, which means fewer outages interrupting your courses.

Canvas features are designed with ease-of-use in mind. Submitting assignments and taking quizzes are easier than they were with Blackboard, grading is faster and communication between students and instructors is more powerful and customizable.

Warriors on the move will appreciate that mobility is a key feature of Canvas development. The Canvas app offers a complete experience — you can access most features of Canvas on your Android or iOS device.

C&IT and the Office of Teaching and Learning will provide support and training materials for students and faculty. You can stay up-to-date during the transition by visiting

C&IT, WSU’s central IT organization, in the Division of Academic Affairs, provides technology services and resources that support and enhance WSU's teaching, learning, research and administrative activities. Daren Hubbard is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for WSU and Associate Vice President for C&IT. C&IT is proud to provide both personal and institutional technology assistance. Contact the C&IT Help Desk at 313-577-4357 or for assistance. Learn more about C&IT at

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