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Canvas at Fresno State

Why Canvas?

For several years our campus, along with the California State University system, explored learning management system (LMS) options.

During Spring 2018:

  • Some of our faculty ran trials of the three systems approved under a system wide agreement-Blackboard Ultra, Brightspace, and Canvas;
  • We surveyed faculty and students about LMS usage (many of our students have used both Blackboard and Canvas since the latter is used by all of the community colleges);
  • We held focus groups with full time and part time faculty;
  • A faculty learning community met throughout the semester to consider the alternatives;
  • Results from these efforts were shared with the academic senate.

After careful consideration, we adopted the Canvas LMS.  

During academic year 2018-2019, both Blackboard Learn and Canvas were available.  Selected faculty adopted Canvas in Fall 2018 with limited training and support.  We appreciated and applied forward feedback from these early adopters.   

A wider roll-out with expanded training and support occurred during Spring 2019. Beginning with the Summer 2019 term, Blackboard was no longer available and all courses have since been taught in Canvas.