I'm curious as to which other LMS platforms have contributed in your quest to be here, using Canvas.
We came to Canvas via Angel via WebCT.
What a great idea for a poll! When I first started teaching online at my school back in 2002, we had Blackboard, but nobody was really happy with that, and we switched to D2L I think in 2004 (?), and then we finally switched to Canvas in 2016. After all that time with D2L, I was thinking the transition was going to be really difficult (and inertia was a big part of why we had stayed with D2L all those years), but the transition actually went really well. I'm sure glad we have Canvas now!
Same here...Pearson eCollege's Learning Studio.
In reverse chronological order:
2010 to Aug 2018 - CampusCruiser - Portal (2009) & LMS "Course Cruiser", new branding for LMS coming soon: Knosis
2006 to 2010 - Blackboard (WebCT) 8 - this is why claiming Other - we never used native Blackboard LMS.
2002 to 2006 - WebCT 4, 6
2001 to 2002 - Jones Knowledge e-education platform
Prior to that folks tried out some free online course platforms including something called "Blackboard" in 1999-2001 years.
Aaron Bahmer, How Interesting! Someone who can actually relate to WebCT...I actually thought about putting it on the list but then decided against it. Around the year 2000 I learned on WebCT v2 and went through the even-numbered upgrades up to WebCT8/Blackboard. That was about the time that school went to Moodle. I actually enjoyed working with WebCT, in fact it was one of my programmers who submitted the quiz parser to WebCT for version 6. Small world!
We also had Jones Knowledge e-education, Aaron Bahmer. Then we moved to Pearson eCollege's Learning Studio...then to Canvas.
Moodle: 2002-2013 with Mahara ePortfolio 2008-2013
I made it work for me. Gave me loads of skills to easily transfer to Canvas. AND PURPOSE!
When I worked at the University of Florida we had Sakai and the move was difficult. Recently I have been working at the University of Oklahoma and we moved from D2L.
John Boekenoogen , early in the Canvas transition at OU, I was talking with some people at PACS (then CLS) via Twitter (that's how I keep up with OU stuff now since I moved away) who were worried about migrating some of their course designs that had been very specifically tooled to D2L (understandably, since we had been with D2L for forever). Did that get worked out to everybody's satisfaction? I hope so!
And listen, are you going to be at InstructureCon? It would be great to meet you in person!
Yes and No. We redesigned the way our courses were built to better use the Canvas tools. IT seems that it has taken us over a year to finally catch up with the migration that we are now able to begin utilizing the best features of Canvas and expand our student experience.
Yes, I would love to meet sometime. I am planning to be their late Tuesday and stay until Friday. When it gets closer, we can trade information and see if we can find some time.
Oh, that would be super! I will definitely want to seek you out. :-)
We came to Canvas via Angel, via Blackboard, via WebCT.
When I first started back 2001 we were on WebCT 3. We then moved to WebCT 4.0 in 2002-2003. Then in 2006-2007 we were forced to moved to WebCT 6 which ultimately became Blackboard learning system because Bb bought WebCT. This move required a full migration which wasn't easy. We moved off WebCT 6 to Canvas in 2012.
We moved from WebCT to Blackboard in 2000 (when I arrived at ERAU). We also added Managed Hosting by 2002. I mention that because I feel it had a lot to do with us surviving on Blackboard as long as we did. We moved to Canvas in 2014.
It's interesting that many of us have had similar journeys...some with more trails than others
I should have also mentioned PowerCampus by Ellucian. I took my Master's on this LMS, and having never seen the admin view, it was the most boring, linear, non-graphical system, but it could have also just been DeVry University's standards. Conveniently, they did fully integrate fully with some eBookshop program, so I never had to go elsewhere to buy or "bring in" books, it was all embedded. I signed up for the next class, voila, I had my books over in this tab.
Anyway, I realized that I had left out a major player, even though it's not so dear to my heart, but maybe some of you have used/admin'd PowerCampus before...?
There was a brief time when we considered (then Datatel) Ellucian's product. But, as with all of their services, the up-front $$$ and annual $$ were just too much to compete with anything else, aside from having nowhere near the look, feel, and capabilities of an LMS.
My school moved from Moodle to Canvas a year and a half ago.Converting courses has been something of a challenge.
Canvas has a clean nice look and feel for students and is simpler to set up. However, I very much miss many Moodle features. The Canvas quiz engine is very limited in its flexibility compared to Moodle. For example, you cannot allow multiple correct answers from a multiple choice quiz or assign partial credit for certain answers that are almost right. I have to manually regrade to do this, which wastes time and frustrates students, since their initial quiz grade is not correct. Its grading of short answers is dreadfully frustrating -- again, requiring a lot of regrading. The Canvas gradebook is easier to set up, but not as flexible as the Moodle gradebook. However, I can live with this.
Overall, I would give Canvas a "B" grade -- It is very pretty, but it is a "Procrustean bed" that forces me to change my teaching to fit its limitations.
I agree that partial credit in a multiple answer question type needs to be available. While I haven't tested it, the quizzes.next appears to fix many of these challenges we face in the current quiz features.
We started out with WebCT in 1999, then went to Blackboard when they bought WebCT. We go live with Canvas for summer classes and we are so excited! Bye bye Blackboard :-)
Oh, this is a similar story...I've been down that road. I trust your journey will be exciting (in a good way) and I could say that the training initiatives should be easier now than with Bb...
Just after we signed our Angel contract to move from Blackboard, Blackboard bought Angel. We held onto Angel as long as we could before it was deprecated, and then, we moved to Canvas in 2014.
We are currently in the transition stage. Our university has also built an add on Results Moderation tool which is now being rolled out. I think it is going to be great but will be gald when we can just have the one system and not managing two at once.
Hi Andreana, I understand the woes of having to manage two systems. It's awful, not only for the supporting staff, but for all the dear folks who are clinging to the old system (and all its frailties) while trying desperately to figure out the nuances (and benefits???) of a new system.
Good on you for the Results Moderation tool! I wish you all the best success and patience in the transition stage!
Thanks Larry, roll on 2019
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