In spring 2015 with the input of faculty and the advice of the Digital Education Advisory Committee, the Office of Information Technology, the Office of Digital Education and Fondren Library started exploring options for a new Learning Management System (LMS). Our goals are to provide a better LMS that is easy to use and more effectively supports faculty teaching and student learning while integrating well with various products faculty may choose to use in their classes (library resources, digital materials and other resources).
After evaluating current providers, the results of similar projects at our peer institutions and with feedback from the Digital Education Advisory Committee, we selected Canvas for the campus pilot. As part of the pilot we evaluated Canvas functionality but also ease of migration of our current content in OWL-Space into Canvas as well as migration of our digital assets between Canvas and Coursera or EdX.
During the Summer ’15, Fall ’15 and Spring ’16, Canvas was piloted in over 61 courses. During the pilot, feedback was gathered from faculty and students as to how Canvas met the needs for teaching and learning at Rice University. The newly formed Information Technology Council Academic Technologies subcommittee, chaired and seated with faculty members, talked to their colleagues about what they use in an LMS. After much discussion and feedback, the committee unanimously voted to recommend the university move to Canvas as its LMS beginning in Fall ’16. Read the report here.
As a result of above recommendation, campus LMS will begin to transition to Canvas in Fall 2016. All transition will be complete by Fall 2017 and all academic courses will be offered in Canvas beginning Fall 2017. Faculty members can request migration of OWL Space site content by August 1, 2016 for Fall 2016, or request to have blank sites created.
OWL-Space Project and Collaboration sites:
OWL-Space is also currently utilized for project and collaboration sites. As part of the transition process, OWL Space will remain functional for project and collaboration needs.
Caroline Levander, Office of Digital Education
Klara Jelinkova, Office of Information Technology
Sara Lowman, Fondren Library
Scott Rixner (chair), Information Technology Council Academic Technologies subcommittee
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