UofM Canvas LMS Transition 2022
Starting with the Spring 2022 semester, the University of Memphis will begin using Canvas by Instructure as our new Learning Management System (LMS). Our current LMS, eCourseware (D2L) will be retired on December 31, 2021.
LMS Decision-Making Process
Selecting a new UofM LMS began with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) LMS bid process in February 7, 2020. Our current license with D2L cannot be extended beyond December 31, 2021 without such a process. UofM was asked by TBR to evaluate Blackboard, Canvas, and D2L as the finalist vendors.
Vendor proposals, four-hour presentations, and sandbox courses were each scored by forty-one faculty and staff from across UofM during Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. Canvas received the UofM top composite score of 93% (D2L received 88% and Blackboard 82%). The scoring was submitted to the Provost and CIO, who then commissioned a Canvas feasibility study.
The Canvas Feasibility Group (17 faculty and staff) spent November 2020 analyzing the work of the LMS evaluators and the Canvas LMS features. They recommended it was feasible and beneficial to transition to Canvas in 2022.
After further evaluations, eventually the University leadership from the Provost, CIO, and Faculty Senate approved a plan to go live with Canvas in Spring 2022. Canvas will become our official LMS on January 1, 2022.
Why did the majority of our forty-one evaluators choose Canvas?
Some of the key reasons are outlined below:
Getting Started Aids
To get a head start on how to teach with Canvas, view the Canvas Overview (Instructors) video.
Students can learn more about how to take courses in Canvas by viewing the Canvas Overview (Students) video.
Read more about Canvas in general on the Canvas by Instructure home page.
Screenshot of Canvas LMS course home page.
The following timeline indicates when D2L courses will be migrated into Canvas, users will have opportunities for training (which will include access to migrated courses).
|Stage of Implementation||Event Phase||Target Date|
|Stage 1: LMS Selection and Pilot||LMS Vendors Analysis Phase||February 7, 20 – February 23, 2021|
|Licensing Phase||April 15 – May 1, 2021|
|Soft Pilot Phase||April 19 – June 4, 2021|
|Stage 2: Infrastructure Setup||Initiation Phase (Week 1)||July 6 – July 7, 2021|
|Planning Phase (Week 1)||July 8 – 9, 2021|
|Execution Phase (Weeks 2-4)||July 12 – August 2, 2021|
|Technical Completion Phase (Week 5)||August 9 – 13, 2021|
|Onboarding Phase (Weeks 6-11)||August 16 – September 20, 2021|
|Stage 3: Campus Engagement||Semester Courses Migration Phase||August 2 – 27, 2021|
|Faculty Training Phase||August 30, 2021 - Ongoing|
|Class Offerings Phase||January 1, 2022 - Ongoing|
The following are providing executive leadership for our transition to Canvas.
- Thomas Nenon, Provost
- Robert Jackson, CIO, Information Technology Services (ITS)
- Dr. Jill Dapremont, President, Faculty Senate and Professor, Loewenberg College of Nursing
Our Steering Committee will provide general oversight to the Project Implementation Team. The membership is listed below.
|Robert Jackson||CIO, Information Technology Services (ITS)|
|Jill Dapremont||Faculty Senate President|
|Karen Weddle-West||VP for Student Academic Success|
|Scott Vann||Assistant Director, Digital Learning|
|Robert Johnson||Associate CIO, Information Technology Services (ITS)|
|Roy Bowery||Director, Distance Learning|
|James Orr||Vice Provost Academic Affairs|
|Richard Irwin||Executive Dean, UofM Global|
|Justin Lawhead||VP Student Affairs|
|David Simmons||SGA Designee|
|Ashley Rosen||GSA President|
|Maurice Goldstein||GSA Vice President|
|Derek Hardaway||ITS - Center for Teaching and Learning|
|Barrett Schwarz||UM3D and UofM Global|
|Tara Buchannan||Director, Disability Resource for Students (DRS)|
|Bridgette Decent||Director, Office of Institutional Research (OIR)|
|Melanie Drisdale||Director, HR Employee Engagement|
|Advisory Group||Deans Designee|
Project Implementation Leadership
Our transition to Canvas will be executed under the direction of the following staff.
- Project Director: Dr. Scott Vann (email@example.com)
- Assistant Director: Dr. Robert “Bob” Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You may want to view the slidedeck Canvas LMS Transition 2022 Overview. Please forward your questions and comments to Drs. Vann or Johnson.