Canvas: On the LMS Front

canvasThe University of Missouri-Columbia issued a call for a cloud-hosted learning management system (LMS) with an add-on option for other UM campuses.  Two companies were awarded contracts and UMSL may now choose between them.  To be certain – UMSL will be with Blackboard this fall.  Even if our faculty and students suggest we change LMS, the process will be gradual and structured.
We are all familiar with Blackboard – our current LMS – which we rebrand as MyGateway.  For the last 2 semesters – and continuing this fall, a few faculty members have been/will be piloting another LMS called Instructure Canvas. Early this fall semester, UMSL will host open forums where Blackboard and Canvas representatives each demonstrate their products/services and will be available to answer questions. We’ll also be sharing a survey to gather your input on which LMS you believe best meets our needs going forward. More information will follow regarding the dates and times for the fall informational sessions.

Andy Goodman
Associate Provost
Center for Teaching & Learning
goodmanjam@umsl.edu