UCCS to adopt new learning management system

Canvas is scheduled to replace Blackboard as UCCS’ learning management system by summer 2018 after several months of evaluation by faculty and students.

Blackboard, Blackboard Ultra and Canvas were evaluated by the Faculty Representative Assembly to find a system that would best support campus needs.

“We’re always looking for better ways to teach and learn,” said Dave Anderson, director, Faculty Resource Center.

A Canvas pilot program with about 60 instructors and 90 courses began in May as a way to collect user feedback. The decision to adopt Canvas came after receiving positive mid-semester surveys from students and faculty. 96 percent of participants were either satisfied or very satisfied and four percent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, Anderson said.

CU Boulder and CU Denver will also use Canvas as their learning management system.

“This transition will be a huge advantage to students – especially with the new three-year online cross-campus program.” Anderson said.

Canvas and Blackboard will run parallel during spring and summer courses. All courses will be in Blackboard during spring 2018 and faculty members can opt in to Canvas. During summer 2018, all courses will be in Canvas with the option to use Blackboard instead.

Blackboard will expire after summer 2018 and all content will be archived in the Office of Information Technology.

Canvas trainings are scheduled 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 in El Pomar Center 237. Trainings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and registration is required. Some colleges will offer training from the resident educational technologist or instructional designer. Additional training is available on Lynda.com.

Visit the Canvas Support page for more information on training and resources or contact the Faculty Resource Center with questions.

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