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Transitioning to Canvas

Brown is pleased to announce a new online tool to support instructional needs across campus. The University has begun a phased implementation of a new online course management system that will eventually replace MyCourses.

Computing and Information Services (CIS) worked extensively with the Brown community to identify the best possible learning management system for Brown's diverse curricular needs. Over 1,000 students, faculty, and staff responded to surveys, participated in focus groups, and tried out several online course-support systems. In the end, the overwhelming favorite was Canvas (Instructure Inc).

Why Canvas?

The decision to move to Canvas was heavily influenced by the Brown community. Canvas was chosen because of its:

  • Ease of use - managing course materials will be easier for both faculty and students.
  • Multimedia - integration and delivery.
  • Mobile friendliness - no native app required - even with a mobile web browser Canvas is beautiful.
  • Integration options with existing teaching tools at Brown including Google Apps for Education.
  • Cloud SaaS subscription service with open source software and agile development approach- means consistent introduction of new functionality without major upgrades so less disruption for users.
  • Compliance with accessibility standards - Canvas has been recognized by The National Federation for the Blind for compliance and conforms to the W3C’s WAI WCAG guidelines.
  • Favored by multiple constituencies: faculty, students, Continuing Education, School of Medicine.

Teach with Canvas

Instructors can sign up to teach with Canvas in the upcoming semesters. Visit the project timeline to view more details about the community transition to Canvas. The Instructional Technology Group is dedicated to supporting instructors and is offering a range of services.

Have questions or concerns? Contact ITG@brown.edu