Features and benefits

Through UM Learn, instructors can securely:

  • Distribute course materials
  • Create, collect and grade assignments
  • Deliver quizzes/surveys
  • Add a teaching assistant or grader/marker to a course
  • Use rubrics and a gradebook

Microsoft Teams is not a learning management system and therefore does not replace UM Learn. Microsoft Teams is meant for student, staff, and faculty collaboration.

What’s new

October 12, 2021 - Set and view user pronouns

  • Users can now set and view their pronouns through Account Settings. 

October 5, 2021 - New import, export and copy components and discussions features

  • Import/Export/Copy Components – Export release conditions in course packages
    • Now when you export Brightspace Learning Environment course packages, you can export release conditions and any associations. As a result, you no longer need to re-create these release conditions when you import the course package.
  • Discussions – new Discussion evaluation experience
    • With this setting, the new evaluation experience for Discussions appears first for all users, but you have the ability to opt-out until the December 2021/20.21.12 release, at which time the new evaluation experience for Discussions will become the only option available.
    • Evaluation tools like Grades, Rubrics, and Feedback are moving to the Right-Hand panel. No more scrolling up and down to see both the rubric and the post at the same time!
    • Learn more about the new discussion evaluation experience in UM Learn support documentation 
  • Discussions – Improvements to visibility and posting restrictions
    • This change simplifies date management for discussion activities, offering a more consistent, simplified, and consolidated experience for instructors.
    • Availability (start and end dates) and Locking/Unlocking of forum/topic has been restructured to the following:
    • Visible with access restricted before/after start/end. The topic/forum is visible to learners before/after the start/end date, but they cannot access it. Previously, Classic Content was the only tool to make discussions visible without access. 
    • Visible with submission restricted before/after start/end. The topic/forum is visible to learners before/after the start/end date and they can access it, but they cannot post new threads or replies. This effectively makes a discussion read-only. Previously, this was accomplished with the lock option or unlock dates.  
    • Hidden before/after start/end. The topic/forum is hidden from learners until the start/end date. This is a new feature. Calendar events for Availability Starts and Availability Ends are hidden until the start/end date. Notifications are also not sent until the start/end date. Previously, the hidden status of a discussion topic was decided by the tool displaying the topic. 
    • Learn more about the changes to visibility and posting restrictions in discussions in UM Learn support documentation. 

June 27, 2020 - UM Learn login changed


Please use your UM email address instead of your UMNetID to log in to UM Learn.

On the new UM Learn login page, click the UM Learn Login button (Figure 1) and you will be taken to the new login page (Figure 2).

If you require further login assistance, visit the UM Learn Resources Page. You may also contact the IST Service Desk at servicedesk@umanitoba.ca, call (204) 474-8600 or North America toll-free 1-844-626-1756.

After this system refresh, UM Learn will require you to use your UM email address instead of your UMNetID to log in.

UM Learn Login Changed Login Step 1
Figure 1. Select ‘UM Learn Login’ to access UM Learn.
UM Learn Login Changed Login Step 2
Figure 2. The new login page requires your UM email (instead of your UMNetID) and password.

For more information about changes to UM Learn

Accessing UM Learn

How do I log in to UM Learn?

  1. Go to www.umlearn.ca
  2. Click on UM Learn Login button.
  3. On the new login page, enter your UM email address.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Click Sign in or press Enter.

How do I access my course(s) in UM Learn?

To access your course in UM Learn:

  1. Log in to UM Learn (www.umlearn.ca) using your email address and password.
  2. Scroll down the page until you see the “My Courses” widget where each course is represented by an image.
  3. Click “List all courses” to see courses that do not appear in the list.
  4. If you need to search, you can use the Advanced Search option to find the course.
  5. Click on the image or course name to access the course.

Detailed instructions and screenshots for course access are available on UM Learn. Log in to UM Learn > Support > Getting started.

What do I do if I forgot my email address or password?

If you have forgotten your email address or password, you will need to contact the IST Service Desk (204-474-8600 or servicedesk@umanitoba.ca) to request a password reset.

Video tutorials

  • Add content to UM Learn

  • Guide to accessing support documentation

  • Assessment - assignments

  • Assessments - quizzes


Support documentation

We provide extensive support documentation for UM Learn. You can find answers to some of the most popular questions on this page. For more in-depth support documentation, log in to UM Learn.

How to add content to UM Learn

Course assignments

How to merge (cross-list) two or more sections of the same course together

Cross-listing (merging), in UM Learn, allows two or more courses (sections of student enrollments) to be brought together under one course offering page. Cross-listing of courses in UM Learn may be requested by the listed course instructor for one of the following reasons:

  1. An instructor may be teaching multiple sections of the same course in the same semester.
  2. A single course may be offered by two or more different departments, with different course codes.
  3. A course has one or more lab sections, and the instructor wants to use a single course for the course and lab material.
  4. The course may be spanned, which means it spans two consecutive terms (e.g. fall/winter or winter/summer) and students only register for the course once.

The cross-listing process deletes all existing student data including grades, assignment folder (dropbox) submissions, discussion posts, etc. Due to this, cross-listing will not be performed on courses which are currently running. Cross-listing a course requires up to five business days to process, and delays can be expected at the start of term.  It is highly recommended that you make your cross-listing requests well in advance to the start of the term.  The course instructor must send a request to the Service Desk servicedesk@umanitoba.ca and detail the following information:

  • Exact course Names (e.g., CHEM 2370 A01)
  • Exact course CRNs (e.g., 12345.201850)
  • Exact course Terms (e.g., Fall 2018)

How to add a demo student to verify your course is working properly

Instructions can be found in Use a Demo Student.

How to add a Teaching Assistant, Grader/Marker or Liaison Librarian to a course in UM Learn

Directions on how to do this are found in the support section on UM Learn (log in required).

How to email students from UM Learn

The easiest and safest way to email students from UM Learn is to use the “Email Classlist” button found under “Communication” and “Classlist and Email”. Click here for detailed instructions on how to do this.

How to un-enrol a student who had dropped my course

Student enrolments are managed by Aurora – if a student appears in the classlist in UM Learn, but claims to have dropped the course, s/he must contact the IST Service Desk who can confirm their enrolment status and edit as necessary.

How to request a course to be created (one that is not using Banner/Aurora or FlexReg)

You can request the creation of a course shell in UM Learn for courses that are not linked to Banner/Aurora or FlexReg. Complete the Course Creation Request Form.

Other support found in UM Learn

Support Documentation – Log in to UM Learn and click Support at the top of the page.

UM Learn offers several video tutorials, including: 

Log in to UM Learn > Support > left side bar > look for UM Learn Video Tutorials.

Accessibility ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker is integrated with UM Learn. Instructors do not need to turn on ReadSpeaker, but they do have the option to turn it off for quizzes.

With ReadSpeaker webReader, the content on a website can be read aloud to you. Just one click, and the text on a web page is simultaneously read aloud and highlighted so you can easily follow along, regardless of device or where you may be. This makes the content more accessible and visiting the website is a more enriching experience. As a user, you don’t have to download anything.

Learn more about ReadSpeaker in UM Learn documentation.

Technical support

What are the technical requirements for UM Learn?

Your course (online or blended delivery) is offered through UM Learn and employs a number of different technologies that require a modern computer and internet access. Verify that you can meet these technical requirements prior to course registration:

  • Access to UM Learn
  • Computer with Windows 8, 10, or Mac OS 10.11+
  • Latest version of either Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge web browsers.
  • JavaScript and cookies enabled.
  • Run a system check to verify that your system is configured properly.
  • Must be able to install and run Respondus LockDown Browser. Note: This should be downloaded directly from the course and not outside of UM Learn.
  • Broadband internet access (minimum bandwidth of 512 Kbps)
  • Student Connectivity Recommendations (PDF)
  • Speakers or headphones.
  • Microphone.
  • Webcam
  • Some courses require the use of a printer and scanner for assessments.

What do I do if my account is disabled?

If your account is disabled, you will need to follow the instructions on how to claim your UMNetID.

What do I do if my courses do not appear in the “My Courses” widget?

If you are not seeing a course that you expect to see in the My Courses widget in UM Learn, you will need to take the following steps:

 - Instructors:

1. Confirm with your department that  you have been listed as an "instructor" in  Aurora.

2. Contact the Service Desk (204-474-8600 or servicedesk@umanitoba.ca) to be added to your course in UM Learn.

- Students: 

1. Confirm that you are enrolled in the course in Aurora. 

2. Contact the Service Desk (204-474-8600 or servicedesk@umanitoba.ca) to be added to your course in UM Learn.


Contact us

For more information or assistance with UM Learn and Webex, please call 204-474-8600, or email servicedesk@umanitoba.ca. If the technician is unable to answer your question, it will be forwarded on to the Learning Technologies team at the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning to be addressed.

For assistance in teaching remotely, please email thecentre@umanitoba.ca.

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus) 
65 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB 
R3T 2N2, Canada 

For more information or assistance with learning technologies, please call 204-474-8600, or email servicedesk@umanitoba.ca.

For assistance in teaching remotely, please email thecentrecontactus@umanitoba.ca.