Emerging Service

UC Davis Canvas

A service of IET

UC Davis has chosen Canvas by Instructure as the new campuswide learning management system (LMS).

The service, called UC Davis Canvas, will replace SmartSite starting in fall quarter 2016. SmartSite will remain available until spring 2017 to allow multiple opportunities for individuals to move to the new LMS. IET will work with the campus to manage the transition.

The LMS is a linchpin of educational technology at UC Davis. Faculty use it to present and store class materials, assign and view homework, and connect with their students. The system must be reliable, integrate with campus systems and third-party apps, work comfortably on mobile devices, and be easy to adapt as technology keeps evolving.

  • Large research universities with profiles comparable to UC Davis already use and trust Canvas.
  • It is regarded as dependable, rich with features, and intuitive.
  • It can be integrated with campus systems and data sources, as well as with relevant third-party applications.
  • Canvas has demonstrated that it can meet UC Davis’s high-level requirements in terms of usability, reliability, accessibility, security, learning tool integration, mobile use, and frequency of updates.
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Find out more about UC Davis Canvas at movetocanvas.ucdavis.edu.




Instructors, staff, TA's and students can access Canvas support via live chat or phone 24/7. To access support options, click on the "Help" link in the lower left corner of any page, or call the UC Davis Canvas hotline at (844) 303-8285.

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