Canvas Replacing Blackboard

Canvas coming this fall. Register today for training.

After careful review and extensive testing, the Provost's LMS Review Committee selected Canvas as Montclair State University’s new learning management system (LMS). Canvas will be replacing our current Blackboard system effective Fall 2014. The committee was staffed with twenty-­one faculty members and seven administrative and professional staff. A group of fifteen student representatives also participated in the Canvas review and evaluation.

Oriented more towards teaching and learning efficacy, Canvas is designed with a pedagogical paradigm centered clearly on learning and collaboration. Canvas provides for dynamic interaction across features and easily integrates multimedia technologies and social media applications. The user-interface design of Canvas is much simpler and more user-friendly, which reduces the learning curve for both faculty and students. Canvas offers a variety of exciting features such as integrated media recorder for videos or audio, collaborative workspaces for groups, web conferencing with real-time audio, video and whiteboard capabilities, powerful authoring tool sets for both instructors and students, interactive grading system which allows for teacher feedback/annotations, robust course notifications, graphical analytics reporting, intuitive interface, etc. Canvas can also be used to facilitate community collaboration for file sharing and communications.

In order to assist the University's faculty, staff and student users to successfully transition to Canvas, Information Technology's Technology Training and Integration Group (IT-TT&I) provides a set of training classes/workshops, which include face-to-face, online and evening classes. Register today.

The Canvas Information Site has been developed to keep you apprised of the timeline, status, tutorials and important resources related to this important transition.

Canvas is well on its way to replace Blackboard effective Fall 2014. There are well over 200 faculty members who are teaching in Canvas with more than 8,000 students this spring. It is highly recommended that faculty start using Canvas to teach their courses as soon as possible. Canvas is accessible via https://montclair.instructure.com/. You can log in using your NetID and password. The site is currently populated with course shells between Spring13 and Summer14 semesters. Please note that starting Fall 2014 all courses will be delivered on Canvas and Blackboard will be no longer available.

Canvas is Coming! Are You Ready?