Let's start with what Canvas is: it is the UW's new feature-rich learning management system. In 2011-12 an evaluation pilot of Canvas was undertaken as part of the Provost's 2y2d Initiative, the results of which led to its endorsement by the UW Board of Deans and the Teaching and Learning Technology Oversight Committee as the enterprise LMS for all three campuses.
A Canvas Course "site" is created for every scheduled course every quarter. One page of this site is the Syllabus, which consists of four parts:
- Description: A description at the top of the page; rich text, images, hyperlinks, and video are all supported
- Assignments: An auto-generated list of all the assignments in the course
- Calendar: The course calendar, located on the right-hand sidebar. Assignment due dates and course event dates appear in bold
- Grading: The course grading scheme, located on the right-hand sidebar
It is the Syllabus Description - and not the Assignments, Calendar or Grading - that will replace ICDs. That is, only the content in this section will be surfaced in MyPlan.