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University of Mary Washington Selects Canvas Over Moodle

October 10th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to 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.

For all you out there who are on Moodle 1.9.x now and are thinking about “upgrading” to 2.x, you should really think about making the move to an LMS that was designed for this century. Canvas is open source and is light years ahead of Moodle in about every way. Upgrading to Moodle 2.x will get you no increased functionality; you will have a much more complicated and slower system; and you will still have one of the most insecure systems on the net. If you’re happy with 1990’s technology, then stay with Moodle, but if you want an open source LMS that was designed for this century, then Canvas is the way to go.

A university in Fredericksburg, VA has begun its move to a new open source, SaaS-based learning management system. Several instructors at the University of Mary Washington have started using Instructure Canvas in place of Blackboard software for their summer courses. The campus, whose Blackboard contract ends in August 2011, will move fully to Canvas in the fall semester.

An LMS committee of faculty and students had been meeting since spring 2010 to evaluate alternatives to Blackboard. The college had been running version 8, which was initially released in early 2008. Finalists under consideration included Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodlerooms, and Instructure. In January 2011 each vendor gave a two-hour presentation, in which they were expected to enter a syllabus, upload and manage media, control course and guest access, use built-in and third-party tools, and demonstrate other aspects of the applications. Instructure was announced as the winner in February.


Moodle–1990’s technology in 2011!

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  1. Eduardoit
    October 31st, 2011 at 22:25 | #1

    I was taking a look at CANVAS, and while it looks as a good alternative; specially its user interface, for my work it won’t be accepted as it doesn’t support SCORM. Sad.

  2. December 17th, 2011 at 13:23 | #2

    In fact Canvas DOES support SCORM.
    Canvas is really, really good!

  3. Eduardo
    December 18th, 2011 at 12:23 | #3

    @Frankie Kam
    Thank you for the info. It is good to know Canvas supports SCORM!

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