Canvas has arrived at UBC

In June 2017, UBC announced that Canvas will replace Connect as the core of our learning technology environment. Canvas is a powerful, user-friendly tool for supporting teaching and learning that will allow instructors to be even more creative (and efficient) in how they teach. Read about why we’re excited about our new learning management system.

The Fall semester is UBC’s Canvas soft launch, with nearly 1,000 course sections offered in the new system. The university will continue to transition gradually to Canvas over the 2017/18 academic year. As of September 2018, Connect will no longer be available as a tool for teaching courses.

The Learning Technology Environment Renewal Team is making steady progress with the implementation of Canvas, but some Canvas integrations are still under development. Please see our working timeline for more information about when Canvas features and tools will be ready to go.

Canvas transition plan

Each UBC faculty has developed its own plan and timeline for moving from Connect to Canvas. Some faculties have chosen to transition a significant number of courses to Canvas this September, while others will be moving courses to Canvas in future 2017/18 semesters. For more information about your faculty’s timeline for transitioning to Canvas, please contact your Department Head or Director.

The transition schedule below shows how many course sections in each UBC faculty have moved to Canvas as of Winter 2017/18 Term 1. Faculties’ projected transition timelines for upcoming semesters will be updated in the coming months.


UBC Course Sections in Canvas by FacultyFall 2017
UBC Total973
UBC Vancouver
Faculty of Applied Science4
Faculty of Arts428
Faculty of Dentistry1
Faculty of Education20
Faculty of Forestry45
Faculty of Land and Food Systems27
Faculty of Medicine46
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences2
Faculty of Science61
Sauder School of Business11
Peter A. Allard School of Law8
Vantage College77
UBC Vancouver Total730
UBC Okanagan
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences81
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies59
Faculty of Education3
School of Engineering60
Faculty of Health and Social Development32
Faculty of Management8
UBC Okanagan Total243