Why the switch to Canvas?
The university has to comply with legal regulations. That meant that we had to carry out a European tender procedure for our Learning Management System in 2016. The winner of this tender was Instructure, with their product Canvas.
What are the benefits of Canvas?
Canvas has a modern user interface and is more intuitive. Therefore we expect that users will find the system more enjoyable and easier to use. While Canvas certainly offers flexibility to lecturers, we expect that the set-up of courses will become more consistent for students. Furthermore, Canvas has more innovative functions such as recording audio and video as feedback. It also offers extensive options for group collaboration. By default, integration with over 200 external tools is possible.
When will I get access to Canvas?
Technically every member of our university can access Canvas already. So, if you are curious, you can login already at canvas.utwente.nl with your ICT account. In the coming months we will provide every user with training opportunities and other important information, so that you are able to use the full potential of Canvas. From February 2018 you will be able to request a practice course in Canvas. Everyone should be properly prepared by June 2018. You can find more details in our timeline.
What will happen with Blackboard?
In academic year 2018-2019 Blackboard will no longer be used. From 1 October 2018 a Blackboard archive will be set up to save all the Blackboard Course and Organizations material.
Can I still access Blackboard after 1 September 2018?
Yes, you can. There will be a so-called archival copy of Blackboard made available (this will be read-only).
Can I use Canvas on my mobile device?
Yes, you can. But as a teacher, we recommend you to use the full functionality of Canvas through a web browser on your regular computer. The Canvas app is called 'Canvas by Instructure'. The app is available for Android and iOS.