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Canvas Pilot - Fall 2014

In Fall 2014, 45 instructors and 962 students successfully piloted Canvas in 49 courses.

The goals were 1.) to determine how Canvas works for users and administrators, and 2.) to see how we can make the move from RamCT to Canvas the smoothest for instructors and students.

Feedback from students is very positive:

  • Canvas is quick to learn, and easy to use.
  • When a course is well-organized, Canvas is easier to use than RamCT.
  • Most did not need any user support at all.
  • Biggest dislike? The Course List does not display on the Canvas home page, rather you have to click on the “Courses” tab.
  • Top like? The Grades tool has the ability to calculate grades with and without ungraded assignments, and using “what if” scores.

Feedback from instructors is positive:

  • It does take time to become familiar with Canvas because it is different than RamCT.
  • The training, online materials, and support provided what was needed.
  • Preparing materials in Canvas takes similar time and effort as RamCT.
  • For re-developing content from RamCT, it helped to start from migrated content.
  • Biggest dislike? The absence of an anti-plagiarism tool; CSU is looking for a solution asap.
  • Top like? Ease of use!

Huge thanks to all those who participated in the Canvas pilot!

Fall 2014 Pilot Courses

Instructor Feedback

One of my favorite features in Canvas is the SpeedGrader. This tool allows me to grade papers online, including making comments and changes similar to the “track changes” format in Word. It’s automatically saved and I can move between student’s assignments easily. I don’t need to download the assignment, grade it, and then upload back to the website; it’s all online.

Barbara Richardson
Associate Director of Assessment & Strategic Initiatives , The Career Center

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