Henderson State University has chosen the Instructure Canvas learning management system (LMS) following a long-term association with the Blackboard platform.
“Canvas is a clear leader in ease of use and functionality,” said George Finkle, senior instructional applications administrator at Henderson State. “It is a cloud-based LMS developed and owned by Instructure, Inc. Canvas has a simple and intuitive look and feel with integration for Henderson students’ Office365 suite.”
An LMS is an online tool that allows instructors to create and deliver all or part of their coursework online.
Fully online courses may include communication through discussion boards, email and announcements; and curricular content such as lectures (video and audio) and reading assignments, quizzes and exams, course calendars and grading, said Jennifer Holbrook, director of instructional technology and the Multimedia Learning Center.
“Both faculty and students can access the courses through desktop computers, laptops and mobile, devices,” Holbrook said.
Finkle said a committee, mostly consisting of seasoned online faculty members, spent several months reviewing proposal responses to a Request for Proposal (RFP). They also participated in online product demos, vendor interviews and reviewed other survey data.
Several vendors were invited to demonstrate their products to faculty and students.
“Canvas’ ease of use will help keep students engaged and successful at Henderson State,” Finkle said. “Courses will be delivered through Canvas starting with the first summer session this June.