APU is moving from Sakai to Canvas!

As teaching and learning evolve, so do the systems and tools that shape the way faculty and students engage and interact with one another. After a rigorous, campus-wide, year-long evaluation, APU selected Canvas as the successor to Sakai (see final recommendation).

To ensure a smooth transition, APU will implement a school-by-school transition from Sakai to Canvas over an 18-month period. The first group of schools/colleges to teach entirely in Canvas will start summer 2018 (see timeline). After migration, Sakai archived courses will be accessible through July 31, 2019.


APU has been on its current learning management system (LMS), Sakai, since 2011. Since then, LMS have evolved, becoming more modern, offering increased usability, features, and integrations with other tools. Starting fall 2016, a core committee met weekly to evaluate an alternative to Sakai. In spring 2017 the committee recommended Canvas to the Provost as a replacement for Sakai. The recommendation was based on 348 individuals, including faculty, student, and staff, who participated in the pilot evaluation and provided invaluable feedback. The recommendation was accepted and funded.

Why Canvas?

Four LMS were evaluated as part of project process, and Canvas received the highest marks across the board. Faculty and students rated Canvas as superior on dimensions such as ease of use, simple and clean user-interface, integration with many tools, and robust support resources. These advantages should provide an enhanced teaching experience for faculty, and an enhanced learning experience for APU students. To learn more about Canvas, please visit Instructure.

This website - Go Canvas - provides important resources to help the APU community transition to Canvas. We will update this website regularly. If you have questions or comments, please contact the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology at ittsupport@apu.edu.