Information for students: The new Canvas Learning Management System (LMS)

In semester 2, 2019 a select number of subjects will be delivered in the University's new Canvas LMS.

To find out if you are enrolled in a Canvas subject for semester 2, see below for the full list of subjects being taught through Canvas.

All other subjects in Semester 2, 2019 will continue to be taught using Blackboard LMS and should use the 'Blackboard LMS' link (below) to access their subject.

For help regarding either your Canvas or Blackboard login,
please go to lms.unimelb.edu.au/support/request#students.


Background: why do we need a new LMS?

In 2018, the University launched an initiative to understand and document the University's current and emerging requirements for an LMS, and to facilitate a decision on the next LMS for the University. As part of the review process, an online survey was conducted about the LMS, asking staff and students for feedback and information about what they would like to see in a future LMS. 7,992 students and 816 staff completed the survey, and several key pain points relating to the LMS were identified, including:

  • Lack of good user experience and lack of accessibility on mobile devices
  • Issues with reliability and functionality
  • Lack of an enterprise system for hosting video for teaching and learning

How was Canvas chosen?

Once a robust set of requirements was developed, the tender process to evaluate the LMS options took place between July and October in 2018. Candidate LMS vendors were asked to address and demonstrate how they met criteria that were derived not only from survey responses, but also from Faculty and School representative workshops, and other stakeholder discussions. An evaluation team which included representatives from the Academic Board, Faculties and Graduate Schools, Learning Environments, and Infrastructure Services completed a rigorous review of the vendors' tender responses, and recommended the adoption of Canvas as the new LMS.

Canvas benefits

Some of the benefits of Canvas include:

  • Clean, intuitive and organised layout
  • Simple navigation and edit functions
  • User-friendly mobile navigation and content display
  • New options to support assessment, including an 'Assignment Speed Grader', peer-reviewed assignments, and submission of video assignments (Kaltura)

Subjects in Canvas, Semester 2, 2019

Canvas will be implemented across the University beginning with a pilot group of subjects in Semester 2, 2019. Faculties were asked to nominate a list of subjects for inclusion in the pilot. After a period of work migrating subject content from the existing LMS to the new Canvas LMS, the following subjects are confirmed as being taught in Canvas in semester 2, 2019:

  • Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

    Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    ABPL20036_2019_SM2 Environmental Building Systems Undergraduate Level 2
    ABPL30041_2019_SM2 Construction Design Undergraduate Level 3
    ABPL90169_2019_SM2 Design Thesis Graduate coursework
    ARCH10001_2019_SM2 Foundations of Design: Representation Undergraduate Level 1
    ARCH10002_2019_SM2 Construction as Alchemy Undergraduate Level 1
    CONS30002_2019_SM2 Building Information Management Undergraduate Level 3

  • Faculty of Arts

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Culture and Communication AHIS20018_2019_SM2 Art, Market and Methods Undergraduate Level 2
    Culture and Communication SCRN30004_2019_SM2 Film Noir: History and Sexuality Undergraduate Level 3
    Historical and Philosophical Studies HPSC20001_2019_SM2 Darwinism: Evolution & Revolution Undergraduate Level 2
    Historical and Philosophical Studies PHIL20030_2019_SM2 Meaning, Possibility, and Paradox Undergraduate Level 2
    Historical and Philosophical Studies PHIL30007_2019_SM2 The Philosophy of Philosophy Undergraduate Level 3
    Language and Linguistics UNIB20016_2019_SM2 Same-Sex Desire and Transsexuality Undergraduate Level 2
    Social and Political Sciences INTS10001_2019_SM2 International Politics Undergraduate Level 1

  • Faculty of Business and Economics

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Department of Accounting ACCT20007_2019_SM2 Accounting Information: Risks & Controls Undergraduate Level 2
    Department of Accounting BUSA20001_2019_SM2 Management of Business Data Undergraduate Level 2
    Department of Economics ECOM30002_2019_SM2 Econometrics 2 Undergraduate Level 3
    Department of Economics ECOM90014_2019_SM2 Advanced Econometric Techniques 2 Graduate coursework
    Department of Finance FNCE90062_2019_SM2 Capstone Studies in Finance Graduate coursework
    Department of Finance FNCE90011_2019_SM2 Derivative Securities Graduate coursework
    Department of Management and Marketing MGMT20012_2019_SM2 Business Case Analysis Undergraduate Level 2
    Department of Management and Marketing IBUS90001_2019_SM2 Global Corporate Strategy Graduate coursework
    Department of Management and Marketing MGMT90027_2019_SM2 International Human Resources Graduate coursework
    Department of Management and Marketing MGMT90176_2019_SM2 People and Capability Graduate coursework
    MSPACE Community Professional Communication Fundamentals  
    MSPACE Community Business Fundamentals  
    MSPACE Community Data Fundamentals  
    MSPACE Community Legal Fundamentals  

    MSPACE

    Community

    PWC Frontline Leadership Program

  • Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music MUSI20222_2019_SM2 Creativity, Genius, Expertise, and Talent Diploma in Music
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music COM_02317 MCM Online Orientation Community Community
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music MUSI90151_2019_SM2 Music Performance Curriculum & Assessment Graduate coursework
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music MUSI90033 _2019_SM2_STH_1 Music Therapy Methods 2 Graduate coursework
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music MUSI90039_2019_SM2_STH_1 Clinical Training in Music Therapy 2 Graduate coursework
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music MUSI40064_2019_SM2 The Research Process for Musicians Honors
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music MUSI90191_2019_SM2 The Research Process For Musicians (RHD) Graduate Coursework
    Victorian College of the Arts DRAM10030_2019_SM2_STH_1 Body and Voice 2 Undergraduate Level 1
    Victorian College of the Arts FLTV90018_2019_SM2_STH_1 Film Craft Graduate coursework

  • Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Melbourne Dental School ORAL10004 _2019_SM2 Oral Health Sciences 1B Undergraduate Level 1
    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences PSYC10004_2019_SM2 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 Undergraduate Level 1
    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences PSYC30016_2019_SM2 Lifespan Social & Emotional Development Undergraduate Level 3
    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences PSYC90033_2019_SM2 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Graduate coursework
    Nursing NURS90125_2019_SM2 Nursing Science 2 Graduate coursework
    Nursing NURS90131_2019_SM2 Clients with Acute and Chronic Illness Graduate coursework
    Nursing SCWK90056_2019_AUG Program Planning and Evaluation Graduate coursework
    Optometry and Vision Sciences OPTO90031_2019_SM2 Research Studies in Optometry Graduate coursework
    Optometry and Vision Sciences OPTO90015_2019_SM2 Management of Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders Graduate coursework

  • Faculty of Science

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Biosciences ECOL20003_2019_SM2 Ecology Undergraduate Level 2
    Biosciences ECOL20003_2019_SM2 Ecology Undergraduate Level 2
    Biosciences BIOL30001_2019_SM2 Reproductive Physiology Undergraduate Level 3
    Chemistry CHEM10003_2019_SM2 Chemistry 1 Undergraduate Level 1
    Chemistry CHEM10004_2019_SM2 Chemistry 2 Undergraduate Level 2
    Chemistry CHEM30014_2019_SM2 Special Topics in Chemistry B Undergraduate Level 3
    Earth Sciences ERTH10002_2019_SM2 Understanding Planet Earth Undergraduate Level 2
    Earth Sciences ERTH90026_2019_SM2 Climate Modelling and Climate Change Undergraduate Level 3
    Ecosystem and Forest Sciences EVSC30007_2019_SM2 Integrated Landscape Analysis Undergraduate Level 3
    Geography GEOG20015_2019_SM2 Environmental Change and the Human Journey Undergraduate Level 2
    Geography GEOG20017_2019_SM2 Spatial Analysis in Geography Undergraduate Level 3
    Geography GEOG20013_2019_SM2 Health Geography Undergraduate Level 2
    Mathematics and Statistics MAST10005_2019_SM2 Calculus 1 Undergraduate Level 1
    Mathematics and Statistics MAST20022_2019_SM2 Group Theory and Linear Algebra Undergraduate Level 2
    Mathematics and Statistics MAST30022_2019_SM2 Decision Making Undergraduate Level 3
    Physics PHYC10002_2019_SM2 Physics 2 Advanced Undergraduate Level 1
    Physics PHYC20013_2019_SM2 Physics Lab and Computation 2 Undergraduate Level 3
    Physics PHYC90011_2019_SM2 Particle Physics Graduate coursework

  • Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Agricultural Sciences AGRI10046_2019_SM2 Foundations of Agricultural Sciences 2 Undergraduate Level 1
    Agricultural Sciences AGRI10048_2019_SM2 Plant Production Systems Undergraduate Level 1
    Agricultural Sciences AGRI10049_2019_SM2 Animal Production Systems Undergraduate Level 1
    Agricultural Sciences VETS30014_2019_SM2 Veterinary Bioscience: Cardiovasc System Undergraduate Level 3
    Veterinary Science VETS30018_2019_SM2 Veterinary Bioscience: Respiratory System Undergraduate Level 3
    Veterinary Science VETS90109_2019_SM2 Veterinary Bioscience 1 Part B Graduate coursework
    Veterinary Science VETS90059_2019_SM2 Veterinary Bioscience 1B Graduate coursework
    Veterinary Science COM_02262 2019 Veterinary Bioscience:Cardiovascular system  
    Veterinary Science COM_02263 2019 Veterinary Bioscience: Respiratory System

  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level Study Period
    EDUC90830_2019_SM2 The Student as Learner Graduate coursework Sem 2
    EDUC90278_2019_AUG Learners and Learning Difficulties Graduate coursework August
    EDUC90884_2019_JUL Integrating Clinical Practice (Prim) Graduate coursework July
    EDUC90944_2019_JUL Leading for Teacher Quality Graduate coursework July
    EDUC90258_2019_JUL Student wellbeing: Current Approaches Graduate coursework July
    EDUC90902_2019_SM2 Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms Graduate coursework Sem 2
    EDUC90478_2019_JUL Learning Area Visual Arts & Design 2 Graduate coursework July
    EDUC90480_2019_JUL Learning Area Visual Arts & Design (Ad)2 Graduate coursework July
    EDUC90878_2019_AUG Clinical Teaching Practice 2 Graduate coursework August
    EDUC90890_2019_JUL 3-8 year-olds Learning and Development Graduate coursework July
    EDUC90906_2019_SM2 Integrating Language and Clinical Practice Graduate coursework Sem 2

  • Melbourne Law School

    Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    BLAW30002_2019_SM2 Taxation Law I Undergraduate level 3
    BLAW10002_2019_SM2 Free Speech and Media Law Undergraduate level 1
    LAWS50029_2019_SM2 Contracts Graduate coursework Level 5
    LAWS90140_2019_SM2 Disputes and Ethics Graduate coursework
    LAWS50034_2019_SM2 Criminal Law and Procedure Graduate coursework Level 5

  • Melbourne School of Engineering

    School or Department Subject ID Subject Name Subject Level
    Biomedical Engineering BMEN30008_2019_SM2 Biosystems Design Undergraduate Level 3
    Chemical Engineering CHEN20010_2019_SM2 Material and Energy Balances Undergraduate Level 2
    Computing and Information Systems COMP20003_2019_SM2 Algorithms and Data Structure Undergraduate Level 2
    Computing and Information Systems COMP90054_2019_SM2 AI planning for autonomy Graduate coursework
    Computing and Information Systems ISYS90038_2019_SM2 IS Strategy and Governance Graduate coursework
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering ELEN90054_2019_SM2 Probability and Random Models Graduate coursework
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering ELEN90061 _2019_SM2 Communication Networks Graduate coursework
    Infrastructure Engineering ENGM90006_2019_SM2 Engineering Contracts and Procurement Graduate coursework
    Mechanical Engineering MCEN30020_2019_SM2 System Modelling and Analysis Undergraduate Level 3
    Mechanical Engineering MCEN90041_2019_SM2 Advanced Dynamics Graduate coursework

How will this affect me?

If you are enrolled in one of the above-listed subjects in Semester 2, 2019, you will be using the new Canvas LMS to complete the subject. All your other subjects will continue to be taught from the current Blackboard LMS this semester. This means that students enrolled in pilot subjects as well as non-pilot subjects will be using two different platforms - both Canvas and Blackboard.

If you are not enrolled in a pilot Canvas subject this semester, you do not need to do anything differently. Likewise, students who are new to the University this semester and who are not enrolled in a Canvas pilot subject, will be undertaking their studies using the Blackboard LMS. Students not enrolled in a Canvas subject for Semester 2 do not need to do anything to prepare for the roll-out of Canvas in 2020. However, if you would like to familiarise yourself with Canvas before the full implementation in 2020, there are a number of ways to find further information, as listed in the 'How can I get help using Canvas?' section below.

Students enrolled in a Canvas subject this semester will receive further separate communications via their faculties.

What is Kaltura?

At the same time as the University's LMS was under review, a new Video Management System (VMS) was investigated. The University generates a lot of video; hundreds of gigabytes and thousands of individual videos are currently spread across dozens of different accounts and hosting platforms. For this reason, the idea of implementing an enterprise video solution was investigated. After assessing the options, Kaltura was chosen as the best option for hosting video at the University.

Kaltura benefits:

  • Management of large volumes of video content
  • Will enable new and innovative uses of video for teaching, learning and engagement
  • Will integrate with the new Canvas LMS.

Kaltura will be implemented as the University's new Video Management System (VMS) at the same time as the new LMS, Canvas.

Further information about Kaltura can be found on the VMS section of the Learning Environments website.

How can I get help using Canvas?

Student Guides are available as a resource to assist students in their use of Canvas.

For further support, the following channels are available for student support:

Enquiry type Recommended support channel
I am new to Canvas and would like to know the basics of how to use it See our Student Guides section
I would like to sit with someone and get help using Canvas face-to-face Drop-in sessions, pop-up booths, or presentations for students (We will keep this web page updated with dates, times and locations)
I am having a technical problem with Canvas Canvas 24/7 support, including Live Chat and 24/7 Support Hotline 03 8652 1805
I can't find my subject in Canvas Check that your subject is not being taught using Blackboard
My subject is on the list of pilot subjects, but I cannot see it in Canvas

Submit a support request using the Access to subjects and communities in the LMS link on the LMS Support page

I have questions about subject content, assignments, or assessment See your subject coordinator/lecturer