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Digital Learning Environment Transition Begins 

On October 16th, UW-System released another major announcement: Canvas will succeed D2L as the digital learning environment. This transition will take place in stages over the coming semesters and culminate in the summer of 2020 when access to D2L will end.  
Canvas won the bid in a rigorous RFP process because instructors and students found that if offered greater functionality and a better user experience at the same time. In fact, there was side-by-side user testing between Canvas and D2L as part of the selection process. Canvas out-paced D2L in terms of usability by students and instructors across the UW-System, despite the fact that users had far more experience with D2L. While this change comes at a time of uncertainty, it is also a chance to take advantage of some features that many instructors will find exciting, such as peer review, and easier assignment feedback.
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is coordinating this project with the help of Information Services. We will be visiting with departments in the coming weeks and months to get a sense of the impacts that this transition will have and how we can best meet your needs. In the meantime, System is configuring Canvas – making sure it works with SIS, for example – and it should be available for training sometime in the Spring of 2018. Once Canvas is available, CATL will begin training instructors based upon what we learn from our departmental visits. We know that this is yet another source of uncertainty but CATL is committed to working with the campus community – students, instructors, and staff – to help make this as much of a positive experience as it can be. 

Posted: 10/19/2017 8:44:32 AM by Luke Konkol | with 0 comments


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