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New Platforms for UC San Diego Online Courses and Programs

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Since 2012, UC San Diego has partnered with edX and Coursera to offer fully online courses to non-matriculated students world-wide. In order to support the growing interest of online course and program delivery, our campus recently launched UC San Diego Online, our own branded instance of Open edX, tailored for the learning needs of our campus and the global community. The Open edX platform is an open source learning management system (LMS) with a large supportive community. It is the same platform that powers

Concurrently, our campus is undergoing a full transition to Canvas, a learning management system that will replace TritonEd by the end of Spring quarter 2020. Canvas is an intuitive, user-friendly platform that is used by matriculated, registered students of UC San Diego for courses that are included in the official schedule of classes. Moving forward, UC San Diego will support two platforms on campus, UC San Diego Online and Canvas, (the learning management system replacing TritonEd).

All new online course and program development will take place on Canvas or UC San Diego Online. Existing courses on edX and Coursera will remain; however no new courses will be added to either platform.

Express interest in using UC San Diego Online by filling out this form 



What platforms can UC San Diego instructors use for online courses and programs?

Canvas and UC San Diego Online. 

Note: TritonEd will be decommissioned at the end of Spring 2020.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) produced by a company called Instructure. UC San Diego began transitioning from TritonEd to Canvas in Winter 2019 and will retire TritonEd after the Spring 2020 term.  Visit for detailed information about Canvas.

What is UC San Diego Online?

UC San Diego Online is UC San Diego's branded instance of Open edX. Open edX is an open source learning management system with a large supportive community. It is the same platform that powers

How are Canvas and UC San Diego Online different?

UC San Diego Online



For UC San Diego online courses available to global learners outside the UC San Diego community.


Primarily for UC San Diego credit-bearing courses. 


For delivery of fully online self-paced and instructor-led courses and programs.


For delivery and management of face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses and programs.

Audience: Global 

Courses can be open to matriculated and non-matriculated students worldwide.

Audience: Local

For UC San Diego students and affiliates (e.g., anyone with a UC San Diego Active Directory account).

Student enrollment options

Capability for flexible enrollment options (e.g., self-enrollment, paid enrollment, course registration).

Student enrollment options

Registered students only.

Instructors can add UC San Diego auditors by request.

Payment system will be enabled

Tuition and fees can be configured.

No payment system enabled 

Standard tuition and fees.

Request a course site

New courses should be requested by emailing

Automatic Course Shell Creation

Courses that appear in the Schedule of Classes will automatically be created. 

How does this affect existing courses and programs on Coursera and edX?

Existing online courses and programs will remain on edX and Coursera, but no new courses will be added to either platform.

How does this affect trainings and offerings on UC Learning Center?

Trainings and materials offered on UC Learning will not be affected.

Get in touch

Digital Learning

For questions regarding developing fully online courses on either Canvas or UC San Diego Online:

EdTech Support

For questions about how to successfully navigate the transition from TritonEd to Canvas: