Transitioning to Canvas

Brown is pleased to announce a new online tool to support instructional needs across campus. Beginning this fall, the University will begin a phased implementation of Canvas, an online course management system that will eventually replace MyCourses.

Computing and Information Services (CIS) worked extensively with the Brown community to identify the best possible learning management system for Brown’s diverse curricular needs. Over 1,000 students, faculty, and staff responded to surveys, participated in focus groups, and tried out several online course-support systems. In the end, the overwhelming favorite was “Canvas” by Instructure.

Students and faculty appreciate Canvas’ ease of use, its multimedia delivery, and its ability to integrate with existing teaching tools, such as e-reserves and lecture capture. In addition, faculty will be able to migrate their MyCourses’ materials into Canvas with a minimum amount of effort. We are confident that, with this new tool, managing course materials will be easier for both faculty and students.

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