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The University is Adopting Canvas

The University of Minnesota is adopting Canvas and beginning the migration from Moodle in fall 2017. Eventually, all courses will need to be in Canvas, but as of September 2017, you can continue to teach in Moodle.

Why Canvas?

The decision to move from Moodle to Canvas was heavily influenced by faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota including our CEHD community. The move comes after positive and encouraging results during an in-depth, two-year pilot and evaluation. The pilot included 55 instructors and 87 courses from CEHD.  Data from the pilot showed both students and faculty had a preference for Canvas over Moodle. Canvas was chosen due to its:

  • Ease of use: managing courses and course resources will be easier for both instructors and students.
  • Mobile friendliness: A mobile app for instructors and students makes work on the go quick and easy and even without the application, the mobile web browser works great.
  • Integration: Canvas seamlessly integration with tools used in our courses such as Google Apps, Fliprgrid and Turnitin just to name a few!

What Can I Do With Canvas?

Canvas courses have nearly all the functionalities you are used to, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and so much more!  


What Do Courses Look Like in Canvas?

After supporting CEHD faculty in the pilot, DEI’s team of instructional designers built a few Canvas course examples to share, go ahead and click around to check out some of features.

What Should You Do Now?

Option 1:    Nothing. For Fall 2017, you can continue to work in Moodle if you like.  If you do, DEI has created a template that, with a bit of adjustment, will allow your future transition to go even more smoothly.

Option 2:   Watch for more information from your department chair.

Option 3:  Get Started With Canvas Today!  

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