University of Minnesota selects Canvas to replace Moodle
Following two years of extensive evaluation that included UMN system faculty, students, and staff, the University of Minnesota has chosen Canvas to succeed Moodle as the centrally supported learning management system (LMS). Starting in summer 2017, the University will begin the transition that is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete.
While faculty and instructors are encouraged to become familiar with Canvas, Moodle will remain the preferred system for teaching this fall and will be available and fully supported for the duration of the transition. Those considering a transition soon should connect with their campus or unit Canvas transition contact first to understand the unique plans of their college or campus and to learn what resources and options will be available.
Faculty and instructors should also be aware that the Canvas transition team is working to complete or formalize integrations with other University systems and determine strategies for full deployment. Until then, those who wish to begin learning and building their course in Canvas may do so using a development course site. These may later be easily copied to a live course site in preparation for teaching. Please touch base with the appropriate campus or unit transition Canvas transition contact before beginning course development or migration.
The Canvas transition team will offer training and learning events throughout summer and a wide range of support and help offerings will be made available in addition to the resources provided within colleges or coordinate campuses. Visit the Canvas transition website for up-to-date news, events, and more information.