The Digital Learning Environment: a gateway to education

Education Support

Digital Learning Environment


Maastricht University offers a Digital Learning Environment, with information and tools for students and staff. The way to access to this environment depends on the role of the person logging on.


  • access their course details and course content, for example readers, PowerPoint presentations, assignments, exams, as well as various tools for communication and collaboration through the Student Portal
  • enter work spaces connected to the tutorial group from the Student Portal (e.g. tutorials and practicals)
  • have access to (study related) information via designated sections for specific groups, e.g. all bachelor’s students
  • can also request for sections/group pages which they maintain themselves. Examples are interfaculty work groups or student groups on university-related and other topics and activities.

Teaching and other staff:

  • access courses in the learning management system (Canvas) to add content, communicate with the students or offer tools to the students. Anything published will be made available to the students in the Student Portal. Staff can make use of the Support blog
  • can turn to the blended PBL support team for help by implementing other (e-learning) tools for teaching
  • can also request for organisations which they maintain themselves. Examples are organisations for researchers or interfaculty work groups.

Direct links for students:

Direct links for teachers:

Goodbye to Blackboard

After almost 20 years, the Maastricht University (UM) waved Blackboard goodbye. At the start of the academic year 2020-2021, we transitioned to Canvas. Globally, there are over 20 million Canvas users at 3,000+ educational institutions. Several Dutch universities already use Canvas, e.g. University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Erasmus University, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente and Tilburg University.

Migration to Canvas

The transition from Blackboard/EleUM to Canvas took place in close consultation with faculties. Input from educational directors, teaching staff, students, and support staff is indispensable. Particular points of attention are interface uniformity, user adaptation, accessibility, and the support of activating and collaborative teaching methods, particularly PBL.

Courses and Organisations from previous years still give access to Blackboard Archive. Find out what you can do in these archive courses.


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