Canvas Transition

Instructure's Canvas has been selected as the University’s new learning management system (LMS) and will replace the current Blackboard LMS effective Fall 2014. All courses will then be delivered on the Canvas LMS and Blackboard will no longer be available.

Canvas is selected as Montclair State University’s new learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard system effective Fall 2014. This is a strategic decision made based upon careful review, extensive testing and thoughtful recommendations that were conducted by the Provost's LMS Review Committee. The Committee was staffed with twenty-one thought and practice leaders from among the academic community of faculty and seven stakeholders from Academic Affairs and Information Technology’s Technology Training & Integration (IT-TT&I) unit. A group of fifteen student representatives also participated in the Canvas review and evaluation.

Canvas, oriented more towards teaching and learning efficacy, is designed with a pedagogical paradigm clearly concentrated on student-centered learning and interaction. 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 audios, collaborative workspaces for groups, real-time web conferencing with 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.

Canvas is well on its way to replace Blackboard effective Fall 2014. The integration of the Canvas system with the University’s administrative systems was successfully completed tested and is seamlessly working in production today. MSU faculty members have started to embrace this exciting new learning management system. There are well over 200 faculty members who are teaching over 400 courses in Canvas with more than 8,000 students this spring. 60% of Bb communities has been transferred to Canvas for administrative

Please read the an updated letter to the Campus Community, from Willard Gingerich, PhD, Provost & Vice President: Canvas Transition Update

Archive: Willard Gingerich, PhD, Provost & Vice President's letter to the Campus Community in it's entirety: Transition to Canvas LMS