Northwestern's Provost Dan Linzer and Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Sean Reynolds, announced Northwestern's switch to Canvas on April 30, 2014. The transition will take place between April 2014 and August 2015.
Canvas is a modern educational platform that supports a deep focus on teaching and learning. The robust features of Canvas help to enhance teaching and learning beyond the physical classroom.
Canvas boasts hundreds of features to help make teaching and learning easier. Several of them are highlighted below. Visit the Canvas website for a complete list of features.
Collaborative—Wikis, discussion boards, and integrated tools like Google Docs, make group learning more productive.
Integrated Media Recorder—Easily include audio or video comments to personal messages, assignments, course discussions, and even graded work.
Mobile Capabilities—Lets students engage in learning anytime, anywhere from any computer or mobile device.
SpeedGrader—Facilitates grading in half the time, plus you can preview student submissions and provide video or voice feedback all in one area.
Other adopters of Canvas include the University of California, Berkeley, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Washington system.