Posts Tagged ‘Instructure’

“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

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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Moodle with its outdated 1990’s technology didn’t even make the short list by the evaluation committee at Auburn.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.