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The University of Minnesota is moving from Moodle to Canvas and the College of Veterinary Medicine is currently in the process of transitioning courses. You can log into Canvas by going to MyU and clicking on the teaching tab or you can go to to log in to Canvas directly. For more info about how the University of Minnesota as a whole is transitioning you can go to the UMN's Canvas transition page. For more information on using Canvas, The Canvas Learning Center is a Canvas course that teaches how to use Canvas. OIT's Canvas self help guides also provide a detailed list of tutorials.

Instructional technologists from your department will help you transition your course from Moodle to Canvas or create a new course in Canvas if you'd like to start from scrtatch. Are you eager to try Canvas out before you start preparing your actual course? You can get a Canvas Development Site by logging into Canvas, clicking the Help icon on the left an then choosing "Course Request (Non-academic)."

For more CVM specific information see the tabs below regarding the CVM transition plan and Rotations in Canvas. If you have any questions please email

CVM Canvas Transition Plan

The graphic below details the current CVM Canvas Transition Plan for the DVM program. We will be meeting with you before your course is transitioned and will be making the transfer to Canvas for you initially. 

CVM Transition Plan

What can you do to prepare for the transition? 

  • Course Coordinator Meeting - We will meet with CC’s to discuss the transition 9 - 12 months before the course goes live in Canvas
  • Organize files - Possibly your course has compiled files over the years that you're not using anymore. Now is the time to get rid of content that is not being used anymore. 
  • Compile your course outside of Moodle - if you'd prefer to start from scratch with Canvas and not import using Moodle there is a way to import based on your own folder system. Plus, it's always a good idea to have your course in two places
  • Organize question banks - Canvas only supports 1 tier of categorization so if you have a host of question banks in your course and they are organized by category and sub category it would be a good idea to rename them before the transfer happens. The section called "Flatten your Moodle Question Bank" on the Migrate a Course from Moodle to Canvas page explains this in further detail.

What does the Moodle to Canvas transfer entail?

  1. We will be  creating a Moodle backup of your course
  2. We will import that backup into your current Canvas course shell
  3. We will organize your course using the CVM Canvas templates

OIT has put together some great resources for further understanding how Moodle files and activities will tansfer into Canvas. See the "Canvas Transition: Migrate a Course from Moodle to Canvas" page for more details. 

What about undergrad courses and rotations?

Undergrad courses will be supported by the department the courses reside in and are welcome to use the same templates as the DVM program courses. Rotations will also have a Canvas site and course coordinators will be able to use it to access class lists and email the students. See the Rotations tab on this page and/or email Ryan Rupprecht ( for more information about rotations in Canvas.

CVM Rotations

Canvas course shells are populated for each fall, spring and summer semester based on Peoplesoft data. Each section of a rotation will automatically obtain a separate Canvas course shell about 4 months before that semester begins. The staff at Academic and Student Affairs will consolidate the course sections based on semester and course. For example, when you log into Canvas you will see 3 different courses depending on when your rotation is offered; a fall course, a spring course, and a summer course. Each course will have the sections for that semester enrolled and grouped according to their section. Unless you choose to do so the course shells will be unpublished and not available to students. 

Currently, the CVM is supplying a rotation template along with the course. Many of the rotations are primarily hands-on and some have not seen the need to have a course site for their rotation but using Canvas for your rotation does give the course coordinator access to the section class lists and the ability to email the current section as well as the ability to open and close the course based on the current section. 

This Canvas for Clinical Rotations Presentation highlights some of the ways you can use Canvas to prepare and interact with students on your rotation. 


How do I find a class list in Canvas?

  1. Reference the Rotation Sections spreadsheet below to find the class section of your choosing. Please note that there are only sites available currently for Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 in Canvas 
  2. Click "Grades" on the left in the Canvas navigation menu
  3. The gradebook defaults to showing all sections but if you click the "Showing All Sections" dropdown on the top right and choose the desired section to view, it will display the students for just that section.


Rotation Blocks (Canvas calls blocks "Sections") 

You can use the calendar below to reference which blocks happen when. If you'd like to add this to your own Google calendar, click the link in the lower right of the calendar that says +Google Calendar. 


How do I email students inside of Canvas?

  1. Click the "Inbox" icon to the left to access the Conversations area of Canvas
  2. Click the "Compose a new message" icon to open the message box
  3. Select the course you'd like to receive a message
  4. In the "To" field select the users you'd like to communicate with using the icon to the right
    • Teachers will send a message to anyone enrolled in the course under the Teacher role

    • Students will send a message to every student enrolled in the course across all sections

    • Course Sections will send a message to the section of your choosing if there are multiple sections in your course

    •  If you've set up Student Groups you can choose to send a message this way as well

  5. Enter your subject and message and click Send at the bottom 

This sends a message to students in Canvas and to their UMN email. They will see that it's from Canvas and from the course that you've chosen.

Warning: The course will have to be published and students will have to accept the invitation to Canvas before they can receive emails so it's important that the course availability is communicated to them beforehand.