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

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”

Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) jointly released a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for a learning management system (LMS). The RFQ review committee selected five possible LMS options: Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai. To determine whether any of these options was a viable replacement for the current LMS, Blackboard, the LMS steering committee, made up of representatives from across campus, asked for a variety of data to be collected and analyzed so that an appropriate recommendation could be made.

The project team contacted UT Austin’s 11 peer institutions to determine their LMS costs, likes and dislikes, and process for transitioning to a new LMS. Finally, the team, along with a number of support staff across campus, organized user testing for each of the five LMS options.

The results of the research were presented to the LMS steering committee on June 17, 2011. The committee determined there are two vendors qualified to submit proposals when a Request for Proposal (RFP) is published: Blackboard and Canvas (provided by Instructure).

Source: http://www.utexas.edu/its/course-mgmt/governance/LMS%20Project%20Report%20and%20Recommendations-FINAL.pdf

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