Canvas is a cloud-based, vendor-hosted learning management system (LMS). Based on positive results from pilot studies and campus feedback, Canvas was adopted as the single, centrally supported UW-Madison LMS in 2016. Canvas is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies provided by campus.


  • Easy-to-use, learner-centered, content-focused design
  • Core LMS functionality, such as grading, quizzing, calendaring, discussions and more
  • SpeedGrader feature allows simple grading with timely feedback options
  • Browser-based interface works on multiple devices
  • iOS and Android apps for students and instructors
  • Frequent feature and tool updates
  • Graphic analytics reporting engine
  • Robust notifications
  • Integrated with Kaltura MediaSpace, Zoom, Piazza, Top Hat, Google Apps and many other external tools
  • Holistic integration of learning outcomes, rubrics and grading
  • Rich, multimedia feedback options (including text, audio and video commenting in messages, assignments, course discussions, graded work and grade submissions) — without downloading and re-uploading files
  • Integration with the university’s Student Information System (SIS) to provide auto-creation of courses and rosters
  • Easy access to the Canvas Commons learning object repository to share and collaborate on course content
  • High-quality end-user documentation in the Canvas Community

Getting Started

To log in to Canvas, visit

Available To

SMPH Faculty, Staff and Students