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About Canvas

Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that can be used as an additional space for instruction, a communication hub for students, as well as a place to collect, grade and track assignments.

Why Canvas?

CU Boulder launched an initiative in late 2016 to identify the best LMS to meet CU’s teaching, learning and administrative needs. After months of evaluation, the university announced the selection of Canvas to replace Desire2Learn. Learn more about the selection and implementation process on the D2L to Canvas migration website.


Canvas Features

  • Simplified course creation and navigation
  • Mobile applications for both Instructors and Students
  • Easy collaboration and communication with Students 
  • Efficient assignment grading with SpeedGrader
  • Integration with other teaching and learning applications
  • Learn about Canvas’ Latest Updates and Feature Options.

Get Started

Faculty can now create their official CU Boulder courses in Canvas.

  1. Create your Canvas course(s) through MyCUInfo. View our Create a Course tutorial to learn how.
  2. Open a supported browser.
  3. Go to
  4. Login with your Identikey credentials.
  5. Your new courses will be listed on your Canvas Dashboard.

Faculty can also explore Canvas in their Sandbox, listed on their Canvas Dashboard after logging in. If you do not have a Sandbox, complete the request course form. Community Courses that are not connected to an official CU Boulder course can also be requested at this time by filling out the Community Course Request form.

How to get Support

For support, including one-on-one consultations or requests for departmental trainings, please contact the IT Service Center by phone, 303-735-4357 or by email at You can also fill out our consultation request form. For additional assistance, visit our Canvas Help or Canvas Student Support pages.

Migration from D2L to Canvas

Learn about how to access migrated course content from D2L by visiting the D2L Migration and Retirement page.


Student Data & OIT Services

A variety of data types are utilized by the University of Colorado in order to facilitate the academic experience and advance the success of the student body. In an effort to promote good digital citizenship, CU Boulder has created a resource for our student and faculty communities to better understand how personal data from our students is used within OIT’s services and tools.

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