Posts Tagged ‘Canvas’

Harding University Dropping Moodle for Canvas

February 17th, 2013 2 comments

Harding University is just one of the droves of colleges and universities beginning to realize that Moodle’s 1990’s technology and pathetic security record is simply not meeting the demands for today’s learners or educators.

Harding dropping Moodle for Canvas:

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New Canvas Network

November 4th, 2012 No comments

Canvas enters the open course arena with the Canvas network. Connecting students, teachers and institutions, through an open, online course network.

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University of Texas LMS Comparison — Canvas First; Moodle a Distant Last Place

June 18th, 2012 No comments

Below are some of the key findings by the University of Texas LMS committee–the complete report is linked below. Bottom line: Of the 5 LMS’s they evaluated, Canvas came out on top, and Moodle was a distant last place. Page 5, user testing, has some sobering statistics for Moodle with nearly 88% of the students, staff, and faculty indicating they would not recommend Moodle as a replacement for Blackboard and Moodle scored far below all others on the usability survey.

Moodle = “1990’s technology in 2012”

Blackboard Owns Moodle — Will Never Buy Canvas

March 27th, 2012 1 comment

I love it when people tell it like it is…especially when that person is the leader of a very successful endeavor and doesn’t care that the truth may offend the “elites” in the industry. Kudos to the Canvas leadership for putting it out there.

But what about open source? Yes Ray Henderson talks a lot about open source, but clearly it’s eyewash. Blackboard hasn’t changed, but hope springs eternal.

So, what’s going to happen now? Expect more confusion. I don’t think it requires much imagination to suppose that the Moodle and Sakai community will become even more jumbled and Blackboard will shove innovation even further back on the burner.

A dose of Moodle reality by Matt Bury

March 26th, 2012 5 comments

Blackboard was bought out by Providence Equity Partners venture (vulture?) capitalists, who specialise in leveraged buyouts, last year. Presumably they borrowed the $1.64 billion they paid and need to see a significant return on that ASAP. Leveraged buyouts are usually about a fast turnaround and how to extract the biggest possible return in the shortest possible time regardless of the long-term outcomes. If they destroy Moodle and/or Blackboard in the process, that’s just business.


“Moodle fell right off the radar of pretty much everyone”

December 18th, 2011 No comments

I thought for sure we were headed for a showdown of Blackboard vs. Moodle. However as time progressed, even months before the RFP went out I could tell that there was a big buzz about Canvas. So much that Moodle fell right off the radar of pretty much everyone.


Moodle: 1990’s technology in 2011

University of Mary Washington Selects Canvas Over Moodle

October 10th, 2011 3 comments

This is  becoming an everyday thing now. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with all the colleges, universities, and K12 systems that have decided to dump Moodle and move into the 21st century with their LMS, but whether I post about it or not, the move is happening.

San Antonio Community College Adopts Canvas — Moodle not even mentioned

October 3rd, 2011 No comments

I’m reminded of a line in that commercial…Lost another to Ditech, aka, Moodle lost another to _____________ you fill in the blank 🙂

A learning management systems task team composed of 20 faculty, four from each of the colleges, chose Instructure Canvas over Blackboard Learn 9.1 and 10 other systems during the summer.

“We took 12 proposals from various learning management system vendors and narrowed it down to two,” Usha Venkat, director of information and communication technologies, said Sept. 19.


Moodle = 1990’s technology in 2011!

Brown University Selects Canvas over Moodle

October 3rd, 2011 2 comments

The switch to Canvas represents “a really necessary upgrade to kind of move into the 21st century,” he added.

After analyzing over 1,000 faculty and student survey responses and listening to feedback from focus groups, CIS opted for the Canvas platform. When the committee tested different systems in front of groups of students in the Sharpe Refectory last spring, the response to Canvas was overwhelmingly positive, Kagan said.

In many ways, the new system will be like “a blank canvas,” facilitating the addition of new tools as they emerge as well as having multimedia capabilities, Bergeron said.

Hawaii Department of Education Drops Moodle for Blackboard

September 29th, 2011 No comments

Hawaii Department of Education Selects Blackboard Learn 9.1 to Replace Open Source LMS.

The Hawaii Department of Education’s Extended Learning Opportunities and Student Support section has chosen Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 to replace an open source learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) announced today. The platform provides online courses for over 1,200 students through the Hawaii Virtual Learning Network-ESchool (HVLN-ESchool) and over 500 teachers annually through the HVLN-Project Inspire program.

New Mexico State University Moves to Canvas — Moodle Stuck in the 1990’s

September 20th, 2011 No comments

NMSU will be replacing Blackboard CE 8 with Instructure Canvas as its learning management system (LMS) for the Summer 2012 semester.  View announcement here.

In a lengthy evaluation process at NMSU, Canvas received the highest evaluation marks from faculty and students and met the University’s evaluation criteria better than any of the other available options.

According to Steven Leask, senior project analyst for Instructional Innovation & Quality, who managed the evaluation process, the university’s LMS Task Force came to “unanimous agreement on what would be recommended. And there was no second choice.” The task force comprised about 25 faculty, students, learning specialists, and technology administrators from the Las Cruces and Community College campuses.

Canvas Replaces Blackboard — Moodle Not Even Considered

September 20th, 2011 No comments

After nearly 12 years of using Blackboard’s WebCT to run online components of the classroom, the U will be switching to a new online program, Instructure’s Canvas, which will be fully adopted in the summer of 2012.

“Comparing Canvas to Blackboard would be like comparing an iPhone to a cellphone made in 1998,” McGhie said.

If Blackboard is a 1998 cellphone, then that makes Moodle about the equivalent of a Model 28 teletypewriter 😉


Auburn U Moves to Canvas LMS — Moodle doesn’t even make short-list

July 30th, 2011 No comments

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Moodle with its outdated 1990’s technology didn’t even make the short list by the evaluation committee at Auburn. I applaud their decision to adopt a true “web 2.0” platform reflecting the technology of this decade.

Below are some highlights from the full article here:

Auburn University, with about 25,000 students, has decided to move off of Blackboard Vista and onto Instructure Canvas following a multi-months evaluation process.

The LMS evaluation was done by a working group composed of IT people and faculty members. Along with Canvas and Blackboard Learn 9.1, other contenders included Moodle, Sakai, and Desire2Learn. The short-list consisted of only two products: Canvas and Desire2Learn.

New Moodle Leadership: Larry, Mo, and Curly leading moodle into the future ;-)

February 7th, 2011 2 comments

It’s official…Larry, Mo, and Curly leading Moodle into the future 😉

The official advice being given for months on has been, if you are planning on upgrading to Moodle 2.0–don’t! Anyone who has been following the moodle 2 saga, knows that’s good advice. Now, the moodle lead dev (aka Mo) chimes in and announces that support for moodle 1.9.x will cease less than a year from now, in Dec 2011.  So, let’s see where that puts you:

  1. You are responsible for your institutions moodle install.

Instructure to Moodle — “Kludgy” is so 1990’s ;-)

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

A lot of people are posting and tweeting about the following video being a message from Instructure to Blackboard, but seems to me it’s a message to all of the “last decade”, entrenched LMS’s out there. The message may be, your old “kludgy”, closed, ridged systems are on the way out. Students live in a connected, web 2.0 world and Canvas intends to embrace that world.

Canvas LMS goes open source — Moodle is “kind of kludgy”

February 1st, 2011 2 comments

This could be the sign of a real competitor for Moodle in the open source LMS market. I’ve reviewed their Canvas LMS and it’s light years ahead of Moodle in virtually every area. It remains to be seen how “open source” they really become…not all open source is equal. But, for anyone out there looking for a viable alternative to Moodle’s tired old 1990’s look, feel, and functionality, you should take  a look at Canvas to see what a web 2.0 LMS looks like.

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