Quercus (Canvas) Help

Beginning Fall 2018, Canvas will be the university's new Learning Management Engine (LME), the interface for Quercus, our new teaching and learning environment.

The new LME will integrate various educational technology applications and functionalities, in addition to supporting many of the tools that faculty are using with Blackboard. Like Blackboard, Canvas is integrated with ACORN/ROSI (UofT's student information system).

What you need to do

Access to Blackboard will expire on August 31, 2018, and all Blackboard content will need to be archived and/or exported prior to August 31st.

We strongly recommend that you complete the following:

  • Export a Course in Blackboard
    Creates a zipped package that does not contain student data such as grades in the Grade Center, student file submissions or student course interactions in the Discussion Board or Blog tools. IMPORTANT: Click Select All to include all course files in the Export package.
    Note - do not open or change the name of the Export zip package(s) to avoid corrupting the files.
  • Archive a Course in Blackboard
    Creates a zipped package with all course content, including student enrolment and students' course interactions.
    Note - do not open or change the name of the Archive zip package(s) to avoid corrupting the files.
  • Download the Grade Center
    You can download the full Grade Center for a course as a .csv file that you can use in a program such as Excel. 
  • Download the Grade History
    You can download the Grade History for a course as a .csv file that you can use in a program such as Excel.  The Grade History page provides a record of all grade actions.
  • Download the content collection files
    Creates a zip package containing your content collection files. You can extract this zip file to view the multiple files contained within.

    Download the Blackboard to Canvas PDF file

How to get started

Instructors can login to Quercus at q.utoronto.ca to access their courses, including their sandbox test course. More information can be found at how to login to Quercus.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Quercus Quickstart Hybrid Sessions
Attend training remotely or in person in the UTM Library Smart Classroom (Room 185, Lower Level).

Quercus Day

Scheduled and drop-in Quercus training and Content Migration workshops (TBA) in the
UTM Library Smart Classrooms (Rooms 185 & 190, Lower Level)

  • Monday August 27th from 10:00am - 3:00pm

  Drop In Quercus Training & Content Migration Clinics
Drop by the UTM Library Smart Classroom (Room 185, Lower Level)

  • Wednesday August 29th from 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday August 30th from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Quercus TA Training
Quercus training for TAs will be held in the Deerfield Hall PC Lab (DH2010).
The one session is part of an all-day training event at UTM organized by central U of T’s TA Training program (which is a service of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation).
Teaching Assistants can register for the day on this page:

For more information regarding this training day, please contact:

  • Thursday August 30th from 12:45pm - 1:45pm, or
  • Thursday August 30th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

Quercus Quickstart Webinars

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/iAAZ3OkOLyIg7Lys2

  • Wednesday August 29th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Quercus Support Resources
There are various Quercus resources, including instructions for various Quercus integrations available in the Quercus Support Resources public course. 

Canvas Community
The Canvas Community website is a hub for Canvas information; discussion; and improvement, including a Canvas Instructor Guide  and Canvas Student Guide.

Academic Toolbox Renewal
We encourage faculty to follow the migration process, including integration updates (Integration Updates), feature comparisons (Feature Comparison Chart for U of T Instructors and Course Staff ) and FAQs (U of T Toolbox Renewal FAQ) for instructors and students, by visting the university's Academic Toolbox Renewal website at: toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca.

We also encourage instructors to take the Lynda.com Learning Canvas 2018 course by following this link to the Lynda.com Learning Canvas 2018 Course (you may need to log in with your UTORid);