The campus engaged in a thoughtful and deliberate examination of available learning management systems (LMS) this semester. Faculty, staff, and students had the opportunity to attend vendor demonstrations of the LMS, participate in multiple surveys, and through open forums, discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with each product.
Committees from the Faculty Senate, University Assembly, and Student Government Association, along with the Provost’s Council and staff from ITS and CTL used campus input to offer assessments of each product and recommendations of the best product for our campus.
The unanimous recommendation was to adopt Canvas as our new LMS. I am pleased to announce UMSL faculty, staff, and students will have access to Canvas as early as January 1, 2017, though most courses will move to the new platform in the summer and fall of 2017.
More details about the transition to Canvas are coming soon. The Faculty Resource Center and Center for Teaching and Learning will offer opportunities for faculty and staff to manage the transition during the 2017 calendar year. Opportunities to help students make the transition are being developed as well.
(Original email sent on 12/20/2016 from Christopher D. Spilling, PhD, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.)