Classes*v2 to Canvas

All Yale University academic courses (except for the School of Medicine) are now using the Canvas learning management system.  

To log into Canvas, please go to https://canvas.yale.edu

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact canvas@yale.edu.

Why can't I access the v2*Vault?

On Friday, May 31, 2019 the v2*Vault was permanently closed and decommissioned.

In 2016, Yale University elected to transition from the Classes*v2 learning management system (LMS) to Canvas.  Part of this plan included the eventual decommissioning of the Classes*v2 servers, scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2019.

In the summer of 2017, content for over 18,000 Classes*v2 course sites were automatically migrated in bulk over to Canvas.  For more information about what courses and what content was migrated, please check out our Bulk Migration section below.  Instructors for the migrated courses can find their migrated course sites in Canvas under their Past Enrollments.

In March 2018, the Classes*v2 was re-branded to the v2*Vault and included a brand new tool called Course Archiver.  This tool provided instructors with the ability to download copies of the courses to their computers.  These downloadable copies included data that could not be migrated to Canvas including rosters (with photos) and grades.  For information on how to use the archives, please check out our section below on How to Use Downloaded Course Archives.

If you are interested in more information, please refer to our Canvas Transition site.

Bulk Migration Information

Note: Only faculty content was migrated- no student submissions have been migrated into Canvas. Courses that have been migrated over that you do not plan on using can be ignored.

Examples of What Will be Migrated:

  • If you taught the same course every year for 8 years, you would get one copy of that course, the most recent version.
  • If you taught a different course every year for 8 years, 8 different courses would transfer.
  • If the same course is taught by a different person each year for 8 years, 8 copies would come over, with the different instructors enrolled in their respective course.

How to Access Your Migrated Courses:

To view your past courses, click the "Courses" button in the Global Navigation bar and select "All Courses". For more information, please refer to the "How to View Courses Migrated from Classes*v2" section below.

How to Copy a Canvas course into another Canvas course:

Since the migrated courses are in a read-only state, to edit, revise, or utilize the information, you will need to copy the migrated course into an active course site. To do so, please read our help article: Copy Content from One Canvas Course into Another Canvas Course.

How to View Courses Migrated from Classes*v2

1. In order to view courses migrated from Classes*v2 to Canvas, click on "Courses" from the global navigation

2. From the side menu that appears, click “All Courses”

Click "Courses" and then "All Courses"

3. Under the "Past Enrollments" section, you will find a list of your inactive courses. Courses whose term ends with a "T" denote that they were "Transferred" from Classes*v2

Tool Comparison

Classes*v2 Canvas About What was Migrated
Announcements Announcements

The Canvas Announcements tool is similar to the Classes*v2 Announcements tool.  You can post announcements to your students immediately, or you can schedule them to appear at a later date.

For more information, please go to the Announcements guide.

Excluded from bulk migration


Assignments Assignments

The Assignments tool in Canvas allows you to create activities for your students.  This Canvas tool allows you to create assignments that can be submitted online, submitted through an external application, or that will be submitted on paper.  You can also use the Assignments tool as way for students to share drafts of documents for you to review.  Assignments can be graded or ungraded and can be scored in points, percents, or complete/incomplete.

For more information, please go to the Assignments guide.

NOTE:  As part of the process of grading your assignments, you have access to the exciting SpeedGrader feature which allows for robust and easy to use grading tools.  SpeedGrader can be used to grade your assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions.  

For more information, please go to the SpeedGrader guide.

  • All assignments were migrated into the Assignments tool in Canvas with due dates, points, and closed status.
  • Assignment attachments were migrated into Files in a folder labeled “assignments.”
    • Some file types may not have migrated properly - please double check any of these file types that you may have had in your Classes*v2 course.
Drop Box Assignments

Canvas does not have a distinct tool which functions exactly like the Classes*v2 drop box.  Instead, in Canvas, you leverage the ease and organization of the Assignments tool to coordinate file sharing between instructor and individual student.

For more information, please go to the Assignments guide.


Email / Messages Inbox / Conversations

Canvas does not have a distinct tool which functions exactly like the Classes*v2 drop box.  Instead, in Canvas, you leverage the ease and organization of the Assignments tool to coordinate file sharing between instructor and individual student.

For more information, please go to the Assignments guide.


Forums Discussions

Asynchronous online discussions are easy to create and manage in Canvas' Discussions tool.  Like Classes*v2, you can have threaded discussions which are graded.  Canvas does allow you to restrict students from viewing posts in a discussion board until they have posted a reply.  

For more information, please go to the Discussions guide.

  • Forums moved over as a discussion with a “Forum -” prefix.
  • Topics moved over as a discussion as-is.
  • The order (top-bottom) of Forums and Topics were maintained in Canvas.
  • Both Forums and Topics are at the same level in Canvas as Canvas does not have the same Forum > Topic hierarchy as Classes*v2.
  • Forums/topics that were in “draft” state in v2 come over to Canvas without that designation.
Groups (Site Info)
Groups (People)

In Canvas, the ability to create and modify Groups is found within the People tool.  You can manually create groups, randomly create groups, or create self sign-up groups.  

One of the most exciting things about Groups in Canvas is that each group gets their own mini course site within your course.  Members of the group can share files, have their own discussion boards and collaborations, and can easily send emails between each other.

As an instructor, you can also assign specific assignments/quizzes/discussions/etc. to your predefined groups.

For more information, please go to the Groups guide.


Media Gallery *** / Panopto Panopto (Media Library)

For video files in Canvas, we recommend that you use Panopto (Media Library).  Panopto is a robust lecture capture, video sharing and streaming tool which makes it easy to store and share files with your students.  Panopto is also capable of allowing students to share files with the class.

*** NOTE:  Media Gallery has been replaced by Panopto in Classes*v2 as of July 2016.  All media files that were stored in Media Gallery have been moved to Panopto (Media Library).

For more information, please go to the Media Library guide.

Excluded from bulk migration


Canvas Files

Video and media files should be uploaded into the Media Library tool and not into Files. If you have some media files within the Files area, you can download them onto your computer to be able to upload into the Media Library. Please see this help document to download a file within your Canvas course.


Media Gallery in Classes*v2

Media Gallery/Media Library files were NOT part of the bulk migration. In order to have your Media Gallery/Media Library content migrated from Classes*v2 to Canvas, please see the articles below.

Resources Files

The Files tool in Canvas is your repository for your documents and files.  You can easily upload your files by dragging and dropping them onto the browser window.  

For more information on the Canvas Files tool, please go to the Files guide.

NOTE:  Each file must be "published" before your students can view it.

  • All resource folders and files migrated over into Files in a folder labeled “resources.”
  • Folder structure remained intact
  • Active website links migrated over in an HTML page. Broken web links DID NOT migrate over.
  • Resources pointing to a local file (ex. file/C:) DID NOT migrate over.
  • Note: The folder from Classes*v2 will have the original folder name rather than the name of the folder that it was changed to. 
  • Note: resource folders with parenthesis may create more than one folder for subfolders and individual files.
Roster People

In Canvas, you can easily view and add members to your course via the People Tool.  The people tool lists your students, their login ID, role, and the last time they were active in your course.

For more information, please go to the People guide.


Syllabus Syllabus

In Canvas, the Syllabus tool functions very similarly to the Classes*v2 Syllabus.  You can upload a file or you can post your content on the page.  

For more information, please see the article How do I post my Syllabus in Canvas?

  • HTML syllabi migrated over as-is.
  • Syllabus attachments were migrated into Files in a folder labeled “syllabus” and linked to from the Syllabus tool.
  • Redirects did NOT migrate over.
    • Alternative - Please go back into the Classes*v2 to capture the URL.
Tests & Quizzes Quizzes

In Canvas, the Quizzes tool allows you to create graded quizzes/tests and ungraded surveys.  You can allow students multiple attempts, allow them to see feedback, and can create feedback at the question or at the answer choice level.  The Quizzes tool currently has 12 different questions types to choose from and you can create your questions in a question bank or directly within a quiz.

For more information, please go to the Quizzes guide.

NOTE:  Canvas has developed a new Quizzes tool (Quizzes.Next), however, it will NOT be enabled in Canvas @ Yale until there is full functional parity with the current Quizzes tool.


Excluded from bulk migration



Web Content Redirect Tool In Canvas, the Redirect Tool allows you to add webpage links to your course navigation. This tool can be found in Settings, under Apps. You can type "Redirect Tool" in the "Filter by name" search box to find it more easily.  Once you add the Redirect Tool app to your course, you will be able to rename it to whatever text you want displayed in the course navigation.

Home Home
  • Homepage descriptions and HTML pages migrated over as-is.
  • Homepage files / images are migrated into Files in a folder labeled “home” and linked to from Home.
  • Note: Images may looked skewed due to the more narrow content area in Canvas. Therefore, images may need to be resized.
  • Redirects did NOT migrate over.
    • Alternative - Please go back into the Classes*v2 course to capture the URL.

How to Use Downloaded Course Archives

NOTE: Please keep in mind your responsibility to protect the confidentiality and security of any materials downloaded from Classes*v2 which identify students in particular Yale classes. You may use Secure Box @ Yale for storage of FERPA-protected educational records. If you have questions regarding proper use and protection of student records, please refer to the following guidance provided by the University:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Guidance for Members of the Faculty and Staff

Protect Your Data

Open Downloaded Zip File

1. Open the downloaded course archive file on your computer (typically found under Downloads).

2. For PC users, click "extract all" to open the zip file.

3. Click on the index.html file.

4. Once you open the index.html file, you will see a folder structure for your v2 course. Each folder can be expanded to show the contents.

Example of Folder Structure

For more help, please contact canvas@yale.edu.