Planning the Next Generation of Trunk and TUSK

Over the next three years, Tufts is adopting a new, university-wide Learning Management System (LMS) to replace Trunk and TUSK. After more than a year of careful research, Educational Technology Services selected Canvas by Instructure as our new LMS.

Why are we adopting a new Learning Management System?

Trunk and TUSK play an critical role in supporting teaching and learning at Tufts. However, these systems are aging, and Tufts is missing important opportunities to collaborate with other institutions. We need an alternative that is more modern, more sustainable, and better-suited to faculty and student needs.

Why Canvas?

Video: The Cool Things You Can Do With Canvas

Canvas is a best-in-class, open source LMS with an intuitive interface, a robust feature set, and excellent vendor support. Many of Tufts’ local peer institutions – including Boston College, Harvard University, Brown University, and Emerson College – have adopted Canvas, providing an opportunity for us to work with our colleagues on suggesting and creating new tools and features.

Watch a video introduction to Canvas and learn more about some great Canvas tools.

When am I moving to Canvas?

We are in the first year of a gradual, three-year rollout of Canvas. Faculty play a key part in our implementation of Canvas and we are working with instructors, deans, and academic staff to configure Canvas for individual schools and programs.

The following schools and programs will begin using Canvas in Summer and Fall 2018:

  • The School of Arts & Sciences
  • The School of Engineering
  • The School of Dental Medicine
  • Tufts Summer Session

The following schools and programs transitioned to Canvas in Fall 2017:

  • Fletcher School
  • Friedman School (on campus and online programs)
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Gordon Institute (MSEM program)

Implementation dates for other Tufts schools and programs will be announced as they are determined. See a tentative timeline.

What will happen to my content?

We understand that many instructors have a wealth of teaching materials in Trunk and TUSK. We are exploring the best tools and procedures to migrate files, assignments, assessments, and other materials from our current systems to Canvas. When your school or program makes the switch, we will provide an easy way to move your materials from Trunk or TUSK to Canvas and help you with every step of the process.

How can I learn more?

We will update this website with answers to frequently asked questions, implementation details, and other project news. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at