Canvas Transition Information

Timeline & Important Deadlines

Canvas will become the University's sole learning management system (LMS) at the start of the Summer 2022 semester. All faculty should review the information below to ensure they are ready for the transition from Blackboard to Canvas.

Important Deadlines

  • May 23, 2022: Faculty should verify all courses that they taught from Blackboard between Fall 2018 and Fall 2021 are in Canvas.
    • Spring 2022 courses taught through Blackboard will be copied over to Canvas by mid-June, 2022
  • June 15, 2022: Faculty should have all of their Blackboard course files backed up
  • June 27, 2022: Blackboard will become unavailable to all faculty, staff, and students
  • June 30, 2022: Blackboard will be fully decommissioned

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Why We're Moving

Why are we transitioning away from Blackboard?

Educational Technology's duties include analyzing available technologies to ensure the University is using the best tools for student learning. During our routine analysis and our work with our consultants at Gartner, we determined that Blackboard was no longer the best-suited learning management system (LMS) for our institution. The decision to leave Blackboard was based largely on their lack of innovation over the last several years, their decreased level of support, and their decline in Standard and Poor's credit rating.

How did we choose Canvas?

In November 2019, Educational Technology conducted a survey to learn how our instructors were using Blackboard, which features they liked, and which features they felt were lacking or needed to be improved. We used this information when comparing leading learning management systems, including Blackboard Ultra, Canvas, and D2L Brightspace. After performing this initial research, seeing demonstrations of each of the tools, and talking to other Universities who recently switched LMSs, we determined that Canvas was the best solution to meet our faculty and student needs moving into the future.

What are the key benefits of Canvas?

  • Clean, user-friendly interface
  • Content-focused design
  • An engaging platform for cultivating interconnected, digital teaching and learning opportunities
  • Frequent feature and tool updates
  • 24x7 student and faculty support