Blackboard Is Being Replaced by Canvas
On April 24, 2015 the Task Force for Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation voted in favor of a recommendation to switch from Blackboard, our current LMS, to Canvas. Based on this recommendation, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Information Technology (which had jointly charged this task force), have decided that St. Edward's University should transition from the Blackboard Learning Management System to Canvas beginning in Summer 2015 with all courses migrated by Summer 2016.
The task force chose Canvas based on its service reliability, its design for digital learning, and its potential for serving future learning needs of St. Edward's University students and faculty. Faculty input played a major role in the creation and evaluation of criteria used in making this decision. The task force included faculty from every school, drew on input from faculty surveys in 2010 and 2013, and evaluated data on current faculty use of the learning management system. Furthermore, eighteen faculty piloted Canvas in spring 2015 (including two teaching the same course in both Canvas and Blackboard) and their feedback gathered through three surveys and two course demonstration focus groups was a valuable asset in the task force recommendation. The full recommendation report, which details criteria and data, is available online: Final LMS task force recommendation
Courses will only be available in Blackboard through the end of the Spring 2016 semester. Faculty should export course materials they might need in the future by saving them in Box which is the university's file storage application. Blackboard will remain available as a read-only resource for grade challenges and export of materials through Spring 2017.
All classes and enrollments for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 are loaded in Canvas as well as in Blackboard. Training is available for Canvas in multiple formats including an online class, workshops and one-on-one appointments. You can log into Canvas by going to https://stedwards.instructure.com.
- All courses and enrollments are automatically loaded into Blackboard. Courses for the upcoming semester are loaded into Blackboard 45 days prior to the first class day.
- All courses are made available to students by the instructor. Students can only access classes the instructor has made available to them.
The current version of Blackboard is Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 11. Faculty and students can log in to Blackboard at http://blackboard.stedwards.edu.