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Learning technologies are always evolving.

IU continues pilots to extend the Canvas LMS

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Indiana University recently selected the Canvas learning management system (LMS) as the successor to Oncourse. IU has turned its focus toward exploring tools that complement and extend the platform's capabilities.

New fall pilots include three video management systems: Ensemble Video, Kaltura MediaSpace, and Canvas’ built-in video capabilities. IU has also obtained a system-wide license for Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor—two products that increase the security and protect the integrity of non-proctored, online testing within Canvas.

The VoiceThread and Piazza pilots, which started in the spring, are continuing for an additional semester. Both are integrated with Canvas and Oncourse.

For more on these evaluations, visit the Pilots page.

Help us explore the next generation of teaching and learning technologies at IU.

As students evolve, so do the systems and tools that shape the way we engage, educate, and inspire them.

Next.IU is a program to discover what might be next for teaching and learning technologies at Indiana University. The Next trials do more than explore the latest trends. They investigate the tools and approaches that best support IU's pursuit of excellence in the classroom and beyond.

Going forward, the program will concentrate on pilots that complement and extend the capabilities of Canvas, particularly those serving the needs of flipped, hybrid, and fully-online classes.

The history

1992 IU begins evaluating commercial course management systems
1998 IU develops Oncourse; pilot testing begins in 300 courses
1999 Oncourse available for all courses at IU Bloomington and IUPUI
2002 Oncourse usage grows to 65,000 unique users across all IU campuses
2005 IU introduces Oncourse CL for pilot testing
2007 Oncourse CL becomes IU's default LMS
2012 IU launches Next.IU pilots
2014 IU selects Canvas by Instructure as its new LMS

The process

  • evaluate options Pilots will include multiple open source and vendor-provided products
  • formal research IU will conduct formal research and assessment of pilot outcomes
  • options evolve Software options will evolve based on feedback from faculty and students
  • platform selection IU will base selection on input from learning technology strategy teams

If you'd like to suggest a particular system or tool please let us know. We want to find approaches that a variety of people want to try.

Suggesting a system or tool does not mean it will be added to the pilots. We will evaluate approaches that make sense for the university community as a whole.