UMW Conversion to Canvas Learning Management System

In November 2021, the Montana Board of Regents determined that the state of Montana will utilize a single Learning Management System (LMS) across all Montana public institutions of Higher Education. In September 2023, Canvas was selected as the single LMS for the Montana University System. This page is intended to help track the progress of the preparation and progress of UMW’s transition to Canvas. 

State Progress Page:

The MUS has put together a web page to help track the details of this project.

Available Canvas Support

Feel free to contact the ITS Support Desk, 406-683-7777, during normal business hours. You can also reach out directly to Canvas support, even after normal business hours. Click on Help in the Canvas Global Navigation bar, where you can find a variety of ways to reach support:

  1. Students can complete the Passport to Canvas training.
  2. Faculty and students can search the Canvas guides.
  3. Faculty and students can chat with Canvas support personnel.
  4. Call the Canvas Support Hotline.
  5. Complete a trouble ticket that will be forwarded to UMW staff as needed.

Canvas Video Guides

Resources for Instructors

Resources for Students

ITS eLearning is in the process of developing resources specific to our installation. We will let you know when they are available.


UMW Campus Implementation Team

Jaime Ochoa, Registrar [email protected] 
Mel Ewing, CIO [email protected]  
Sophia Romanic, LMS Administrator [email protected]  
Leslie Johnson, Instructional Designer [email protected]  
Luke Schuler, ITS Software Engineer [email protected]  
Shane Borrowman, Professor of English/Faculty Association President [email protected]
Bonnie Graham, ECE Faculty [email protected]  
Ian Furguson, ASUMW Student Senator [email protected]  
Mira Azevado, ASUMW Student Senator [email protected]  

Fall 2024 Canvas Faculty Training Schedule

Online Self-Paced Course

UMW has created an asynchronous online Canvas training. Faculty can work through the entire course or simply use the buttons on the landing page to locate the needed information.

Half-Hour Webinar Series

We will again offer the half-hour webinar series in early August.

Site and Course Navigation in Canvas

  • TBA

Rich Content Editor and Page Creation

  • TBA

Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions

  • TBA

SpeedGrader and Gradebook

  • TBA

Communication in Canvas

  • TBA

Drop-In Support

May 15, 8 AM – 5 PM and May 16, 1 – 5 PM

We know that faculty will have questions and want some 1:1 support available as they work through their courses. eLearning staff will be available in STC 104 so that you can work on your course shells and find the help you need. Computers will be available, but feel free to bring your laptop.