Northwestern University will be adopting Canvas, a new Learning Management System (LMS), powered by Instructure, beginning summer quarter, 2014. Canvas is a modern learning management system designed to better support Northwestern’s blended learning, “flipping the classroom,” and online education activities. Its functionality includes a robust learning repository for course content, assignments, discussion boards, messaging, assessment, grades, and communications between instructors and students.
The University’s approval of Canvas was based on a recommendation of the LMS Review Group, sponsored by the IT Governance Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC). The LMS review process included a thorough assessment of current LMS providers, on-campus demonstrations of the leading educational technology platforms, and pilot course offerings in multiple environments.
Visit the LMS blog to read more about what Northwestern students and faculty experienced in the Canvas pilot.
Transitioning to Canvas
ETAC has formed the Canvas Transition Committee, co-chaired by Tom Collinger, Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and Victoria Getis, Manager, NUIT Academic & Research Technology Faculty Support Services with representatives from across the schools as well as the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, the NU Library, and NUIT, to coordinate the successful move from Blackboard to Canvas. A phased deployment will take place over the next academic year.
The University’s current Course Management System, Blackboard, will continue to be available until August 2015.
More about the Canvas transition at Northwestern.
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Last Updated: 21 August 2014