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If you need assistance with using Canvas, log into Canvas and click on the “Help” icon in the global navigation menu for 24/7 chat and phone support. Also see the Training page for Canvas resources, tutorial videos, and help guides. Check the Current Canvas Status opens in new window.


Digital and Lifelong Learning and ITS Educational Technologies have conducted a pilot of the Canvas Learning Management System. A diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate courses during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters were selected to assess Canvas’s value as a possible replacement for Sakai.

Participating faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional support staff received technical training and support to build their courses in Canvas. All users received the same level of support as they do with Sakai.

Canvas by Instructure is used by more institutions of higher education than any other learning management system, including other UNC System schools and UNC-CH’s peer institutions. Canvas is easy to use and offers improved calendar services, a smartphone app, robust email and app notifications, and a more intuitive interface for designing courses. Additionally, Canvas’s cloud architecture requires little to no downtime for feature upgrades and system maintenance.


All Fall 2022 Registrar courses are now available in Canvas! Instructors may choose to teach their FA22 courses in either Canvas or Sakai. See these 5 Quick Steps to Set Up a Course in Canvas. Requests for non-Registrar courses in Canvas will be accepted after July 15. The University’s Canvas license is limited to courses with instructional purposes only, such as non-credit training. Other collaborative projects not intended for instructional purposes unfortunately cannot be accepted.

  • Fall 2021 – Spring 2022: Pilot conducted through several courses across various academic units. Begin planning for FA22 and SP23 courses.
  • Summer 2022: No courses taught in Canvas. System access available for future course development.
    • May 20: All Fall 2022 courses available in Canvas. All active Onyen users granted access to Canvas.
    • July 15: After this date, requests for non-Registrar courses will be accepted.
  • Fall 2022: Canvas available for any course listed in ConnectCarolina. Content migration from Sakai will not be available.
  • Spring 2023: Canvas will be available for any course listed in ConnectCarolina. Course sites available by mid-October. Content migration from Sakai may be available.
  • TBD: Sakai no longer available to host courses. (No earlier than end of Fall 2023 semester.)
  • TBD: Sakai retained for a limited period of time as an archive.

More Information

For general questions about the Canvas pilot, please complete the Information Request Form opens in new window (Onyen login required).

For information about blank Canvas development sites, please review the Site Request Form opens in new window (Onyen login required).