1. What is a learning management engine or LME? 
    learning management engine or LME is a software service that operates like an ‘operating system’ on a smart phone. The service platform will allow for the integration of other educational technology tools. This allows for greater pedagogical flexibility.
  2. What is Canvas? 
    Canvas is the modern LME software made by Instructure Inc. that U of T has selected to power its academic toolbox.
  3. What is Canvas like? Will I benefit from it?  
    We expect that you will enjoy the Canvas as part of a renewed academic toolbox. You will quickly discover how easy it is to use. Here is a video that gives a quick overview of what can be done with Canvas https://youtu.be/TdDS6gVdI10 
  4. When can I start to use Canvas? 
    The aim is to have all courses in the new environment by September 2018. The expected implementation timelines are as follows:

    • October 2017 – December 2017: Primary Technical configuration; Divisional Meetings; Train the trainers and early adaptors

    • January 2018: Early Adaptors start using Canvas; Course Sandbox becomes available to everyone

    • January 2018 – August 2018: Advanced Technical configuration; Community training and communication, Content deposition to Canvas

    • September 2018 – Ideally, all courses in the new environment; decommissioned Portal

      To follow along as the process unfolds, please bookmark the Toolbox Renewal project website and check back regularly.

  5. What will happen to the Learning Portal (Blackboard)?
    The Learning Portal, currently power by Blackboard 9.1, is being used through-out the 2017/2018 academic year. The portal will be phased out through the spring and summer terms of 2018, with no more teaching occurring on the Blackboard portal as of September 2018.
  6. How was Canvas selected?
    Canvas was selected through a formal RFP process that included community consultation. You can learn more about the selection at http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/the-portal-is-changing/ 
  7. Why is it called Quercus?
    A student contest was conducted in the fall of 2017 to name the new LME. Three students proposed the name Quercus, all citing it as the Latin word for the Oak tree genus and its relation to the University of Toronto coat of arms’ oak tree and motto “velut arbor aevo”, Latin for “as a tree through the ages”. Learn more about the name in our blog post about the contest winner.


  1. I have support questions.  Who do I contact?
    Contact your divisional/ departmental educational technology support if you have questions.
  2. I do not know who to contact for support in my division or department?  
    Email lme.migration@utoronto.ca and the LME Migration team will put you in touch with your divisional/ departmental representative. 

Last Updated: Tuesday January 9, 2018


St. George Campus in December 2017