Published: July 24, 2017

The Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation and Selection Initiative is now complete. Based on extensive evaluation and the project team’s recommendation, campus leadership has chosen Canvas by Instructure, Inc. due to its:

  • Ease of use and intuitiveness
  • Mobile friendliness
  • Publicly available system performance reports
  • Open-core architecture allowing flexibility and interoperability with outside tools.

Contract negotiations were completed on Friday, July 21 and a new project to manage the migration to and implementation of Canvas will begin soon.

We heard you!

During the evaluation, many faculty expressed enthusiasm about moving to a new system, but many shared concerns about the expected disruption and level of effort required to move to a new LMS. They also expressed a desire to avoid that disruption and effort unless the new platform offered significant advantages.

The project team and campus leadership are confident that Canvas will provide significant improvements to the user experience and system functionality—our two highest-priority evaluation criteria. Additionally, the migration and implementation project team will work to ensure the best possible faculty and student experience from day one by providing robust course migrations, comprehensive technical support and extensive training.

What happens next?

Desire2Learn (D2L) will continue to be available and supported until the end of the spring 2019 term. Faculty, students and staff will be able to use Canvas as soon as spring 2018.  The migration and implementation project team will communicate progress and engage the campus community in the coming months.

We recognize transitioning to a new LMS will require significant time and effort. Because of this, the migration to Canvas will require thoughtful planning. Therefore, we will be taking time to mindfully design the transition, with full faculty and student participation and counsel.

If you have comments or questions, would like to learn more details or get involved, please visit the Desire2Learn to Canvas Migration website.

Best regards,

Mary Kraus,
Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Larry Levine,
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer