Duke University and Duke Kunshan University are moving from our current learning management system (LMS), Sakai, to the Canvas platform. All instructors may now use Canvas, and starting in Summer 2024, Canvas will be the only LMS available to instructors at Duke University and DKU.

Note: Prior to this university-wide transition, the Duke University School of Medicine and Duke's Fuqua School of Business had already established their own instances of Canvas. If you are attempting to access a course for either of those schools, you can access their instances of Canvas below.

Instructor Insights


Emma Grisham

Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

“I’m glad Duke is making the switch to Canvas. I used Canvas for years at a previous institution, which helped smooth the transition for me. Even still, after using Sakai for a year, I had to relearn some of the features, and I was surprised by how intuitive the design felt in comparison. In my opinion, the interface is more user-friendly and SpeedGrader for assignments is a huge improvement over Sakai’s grading capabilities. I’ve had a great experience and think it will be a better, more functional LMS for instructors.”


Mark Hart

Director of Digital Learning at Sanford

"I was really surprised with how so much came over from the Sakai course cleanly to Canvas, especially being two separate platforms, through the migration process.  Most every file, video, assignment, etc. came over correctly labeled, with settings intact, and organized in the correct course placement so that gave us a great head start with updating these courses.  All in all, it has been an easy process and now we are excited to be utilizing the full capabilities of Canvas while also taking advantage of its ease of use in course building for faculty to create an intuitive experience for students." 


Caitlin Donovan

Instructional Staff in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

“From an instructor lens, Canvas has the most easy-to-use and glitch free Speedgrader tool for quick yet substantive feedback on student assignments. It also integrates well with other edtech platforms and supports engaging assessments. Students have also reported its mobile functionality is the most streamlined and easiest to use. Aesthetically, course sites are more polished and reflect contemporary design trends, so it feels nicer to use.” 


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