Canvas has been chosen to replace Blackboard as the university's main Learning Management System (LMS). Case Western Reserve University chose Canvas after an extensive, 18-month evaluation and piloting process that focused on satisfaction with current systems, including Blackboard, and a review of other LMS options. Canvas is cloud-based and powered by instructure that will provide campus members the tools and resources needed for in-person and online teaching and learning.
Canvas includes tools faculty and students have come to depend on, such as assignments, announcements and tests, while offering new time-saving features such as drag-and-drop course interface and planning tools like "What-If" grades for students.
Canvas will be available for classes beginning in Spring 2017 for faculty and programs that wish to get started now. Starting Fall 2017, all courses must be taught in Canvas, with Blackboard remaining available through Spring 2018 for faculty and students to export or download their course content.
While a move from one system to another may seem daunting, UTech is committed to making the transition as smooth as possible. The Teaching + Learning Technologies Team will have multiple types of training and resources available to help aid in the change process. In addition, UTech is focused on making sure no content is lost between systems.