Canvas at JHU

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Overview

The LMS Transition Project will guide the University’s migration to Instructure Canvas. Our configuration of Blackboard Learn, the University’s primary learning management system (LMS) for the last decade, will no longer be supported by the vendor. The University selected Instructure Canvas as a replacement after a comprehensive evaluation process. Thousands of faculty, staff, and students shared their feedback along with an in-depth review by IT@JH, Student Disabilities Services (SDS), and the divisions’ teaching and learning centers. (As a note, the School of Public Health’s CoursePlus and Center for Talented Youth’s Moodle will continue to be maintained by those divisions, and they are not affected by this process.)

The LMS Steering Committee leads this process in addition to several working groups that involve all the migrating divisions. See the Project Team page for more information.

Transition

The transition to Canvas will happen over three semesters:

Spring 2022

In Spring 2022, a small group of pilot courses will run on courses on Canvas. Faculty and students’ feedback will help us customize and prepare the system.

Summer 2022

In Summer 2022, most courses will be taught on Canvas, unless they are granted an exception.

Fall 2022

In Fall 2022, all courses will be taught on Canvas.

December 1st, 2022

The move to Canvas is complete. Blackboard will no longer be available to users on Dec. 1st, 2022.

For more details, visit the timeline page. More information will be available on this site and from your division in early Spring 2022. Your division’s teaching and learning center will be coordinating with faculty to efficiently move content to the new system.

Training and Support

The transition will include a wealth of help, training, and support resources throughout the transition period. More specifics on the available training and support will be shared later in the process.

Early Adopters Pilot

A small number of pilot courses will run on Canvas in Spring 2022. Faculty and student feedback on the system will help support a smooth transition. More information about what courses are eligible for the pilot will be announced in mid-Fall 2021.

Integrations and Tools

Canvas supports most integrations used in Blackboard by our students, faculty, and staff. These include ARES Course Reserves, Panopto, Kaltura, Turnitin, iClicker, and many more. Faculty will still be able to add Zoom links to their course to host synchronous meetings. Before you access Canvas, your division will provide information on what integrations are available to you along with support materials.

Accessibility

Canvas was one of the top-rated systems by Student Disability Services. We will continue integrating Ally to support uploaded content accessibility.

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Questions

If you have questions about this project or how it impacts you, please view the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for more information. Additional project information will be released in Spring 2022 on this site and by divisions. The project team can be contacted by email at lmstransition@jhu.edu for questions not covered by the FAQs.