Project Implementation and Timeline

Canvas Adoption Progress

Days Remaining Until End of Spring Quarter (June 15th, 2017)

99% Complete
X Days Remaining

The campus has now adopted UC Davis Canvas for instruction. SmartSite can still be used for project sites until sometime in 2017-18.

* Figure depicts percentage, of all undergraduate and graduate students, who used Canvas Fall 2016. The adoption rate among undergraduates alone is nearly 100 percent.


Canvas SmartSite
Pre-Launch Winter-Spring 2016 Single LMS Provider
Initial Adopters Summer 2016 Minus Initial Users
First Wave Fall 2016 First Wave
Second Wave Winter 2017 Second Wave
Third Wave Spring 2017 Third Wave
All Classes Taught in Canvas Summer 2017 Limited Access – No Guest Logons
Single LMS Provider Fall 2017 Legacy Mode

Winter-Spring 2016

During the winter and spring of 2016, the Move to Canvas team will be preparing the Canvas implementation and training materials for campus.

Summer 2016

During summer 2016, campus faculty may use a basic version of UC Davis Canvas.

Fall 2016

During fall 2016, Canvas will officially become the main campus Learning Management System for UC Davis. SmartSite will remain available for teaching through the spring.

Winter 2017

During winter 2017, most instructors who have not yet started using Canvas for their courses will be invited to do so. SmartSite will still be available for teaching.

Spring 2017

During spring 2017, Canvas will be used for most course sites. SmartSite will be available for teaching for the final classes that still need it.

Summer 2017

Canvas is now the main learning management system for the campus. On July 14th SmartSite will be divided in two. One site, available to instructors at, will contain legacy course sites for at least another year. The other, still called, will continue to support project sites. See more at

Fall 2017

Work continues on moving project sites from SmartSite to new resources. See more at

Project Implementation

The Move to Canvas Implementation Team will provide a supportive and collaborative environment that empowers faculty, students, and staff to succeed in transitioning to Canvas, UC Davis’ new learning management system (LMS).

Who is Instructure?

Instructure was founded in 2008, and the learning management system (LMS) Canvas was first released on a limited basis in 2010. A unique combination of an open-source and proprietary platform, Canvas is the fastest growing LMS on the market today, both in K-12 and higher education segments. According to Instructure’s philosophy, Canvas was, and continues to be, built and updated according to feedback and suggestions from its community. Canvas is used by more than 1,600 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world. Closer to home, Canvas is currently used by UC Online, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Irvine, and it is being investigated at other UC campuses.

How big is the team’s effort?

  • Approximately 50,000 faculty, students and staff used SmartSite during the past year
    • About 20,000 use SmartSite on a typical day
    • Concurrent use averages 8,000 to 11,000 sessions, peaking at 15,000 during finals and the start of each term
  • SmartSite has about 36,000 course sites and 9,000 project sites
    • Approximately 6,000 course sites and 4,000 project sites are active in any given academic year

SmartSite has many users:

  • Instructors of Record (IORs)
  • Guest Instructors
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Teaching Assistants (TAs)
  • Staff
  • Admin Assistants (ADMAN)
  • Researchers
  • Lab Managers
  • Departments
  • Majors
  • Graduate Programs
  • Scholar Programs
  • Internship Programs
  • Student Success Center
  • Student Disability Center
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Teaching Centers
  • International Education Programs
  • Fellowship Programs
  • Training Programs
  • Award Committees
  • Review Committees
  • Faculty Groups
  • Master Course Developers
  • Public Course Providers
  • Paid Course Guests
  • Shared Resource Groups
  • Research Centers
  • Lab Groups
  • Program Review Groups
  • Boards
  • Department Event Planners
  • Student Organizations & Clubs
  • Student Event Groups
  • Sports Clubs
  • Major Clubs
  • Fraternities / Sororities
  • Student Businesses
  • Forums

What is the plan?

  • During the pre-launch phase, the team will work with Instructure to prepare Canvas for UC Davis use. This will include integration with local systems and databases.
  • UC Davis will launch Canvas as the campus LMS in fall 2016.
  • Instructors and project site owners will have the option of moving to Canvas anytime during fall, winter or spring of the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Training and site setup sessions will be provided to campus throughout the year.
  • Educational Technology Partners will be available to assist instructors in their move to Canvas as needed.
  • Site owners may elect to set up entirely new courses or project sites in Canvas; or they may elect to move materials from SmartSite to local or web-based storage, and then to Canvas.