D2L-to-Canvas: Known Issues


While most content and assignments transfer directly into Canvas from D2L, there are idiosyncratic D2L features which are unnecessary because of Canvas’ structure, or need copied manually, or (in a few cases) presently have no equivalent in Canvas. Professors are responsible for ensuring the integrity of their courses, whether migrated or not.

Please use the list below as a guideline for checking your migrated course in Canvas before the course begins, or before June 2018.

The items listed below can not be moved into Canvas as part of a whole-course migration, but mostly can be accomplished automatically or manually using Canvas tools with similar functionality.

D2L Feature: Canvas Alternatives:
Attendance/Seating Chart Use the Attendance/Roll Call tool in Canvas.
Checklists Canvas has a “To Do list” that is automatically populated from assignments in your course.  You may also want to use Module Requirements
Content/Page/Topic Descriptions Create Text Headers or create a Module Page with Introductory content.
External Tools LTI tools available in D2L are also available in Canvas.
Glossary Use Pages tool to create your own glossary.
Groups/Sections Student-related data do not transfer; custom release conditions may be affected. Use course tool to create groups.
Homepages You can create a custom home page in Canvas using the Pages tool.
SCORM Objects (such as SoftChalk, Captivate, Articulate) SCORM Objects will need to reloaded from their original source files
Quicklinks Contact the Ed Tech Center if you have collections of links you would like moved from D2L to Canvas.
Release Conditions Dates/Prerequisites do not transfer. Module Requirements and Prerequisites are available in Canvas.
Rubrics The Rubrics tool in Canvas displays within SpeedGrader for ease of use.
Widgets The Pages tool in Canvas can be used to create or embed custom content.
** Content Import Errors In Canvas, go to Settings – Import Content and click on the “Issues” link to see a list of items that did not import from D2L correctly. You can also use the Validate Links button to check for broken links.
Intelligent Agents No equivalent tool.
Replacement Strings No equivalent tool.
FAQ No equivalent tool.
Quiz Issues
  • Matching questions in quizzes do not transfer correctly.  If your quizzes use matching questions, you will need to manually correct them by referencing the question in D2L.
  • Randomized question banks in D2L generally do not copy correctly into Canvas. If your quizzes use randomized question banks, please contact the Educational Technology Center.
  • Images embedded in quiz questions sometimes fail to import.
  • Quiz introductions and/or descriptions sometimes fail to import.
  • Question feedback sometimes fails to import.
  • Quiz section text does not import.

Other Known Issues

  • Check “Modules” in Canvas against “Content” in D2L. Check each module to make sure all pages and files are present.  Be sure to click on each page to make sure there are no empty pages.