CSUN is Moving to Canvas!
Throughout the 2017 calendar year, CSUN will transition from Moodle to Canvas -- a modern, open, user-friendly teaching and learning platform for today's faculty and students. The CSUN Canvas environment is now available at http://canvas.csun.edu. Log in using your CSUN user ID and password.
Background. CSUN has been on its current LMS, Moodle, since 2009. Since then, learning management systems (LMS) have evolved, offering increased usability, features and integrations with other eLearning tools. In Spring 2016, as part of the system-wide evaluation of LMSs, Provost Li invited a group of CSUN faculty to evaluate and recommend whether CSUN should consider an alternative to Moodle. The majority said yes, and the favored LMS was Canvas.
Why Canvas? In Spring 2016, four LMSs were evaluated as part of both CSU system-wide and CSUN evaluations. CSUN faculty scored Canvas the highest. For students, Canvas offers an enhanced, contemporary learning experience. For faculty, Canvas offers superior performance in terms of ease-of-use, analytics, grading, course migrations and openness. These advantages are expected to provide an enhanced teaching experience for faculty and an enhanced learning experience for CSUN students.
Timeline. To enable a Moodle to Canvas transition, CSUN will enact a multi-semester timeline for faculty to migrate their existing course content and have time to attend CSUN-delivered Canvas training and workshops. Faculty can choose to teach using Canvas in Spring 2017. Others can explore Canvas, refine their courses and elect to teach using Canvas in Summer 2017 and/or Fall 2017. At the end of December 2017, Moodle will be discontinued, and the entire campus will have switched over to Canvas.
Support. CSUN faculty will receive support with the transition from the Faculty Technology Center (FTC). We will help faculty migrate courses, or faculty can choose to do so themselves. Regardless, faculty will need to carefully review and potentially update their Canvas course materials to benefit from the Canvas look and feel, and the new features. FTC instructional designers and technologists will be available to work with faculty to review the courses and advise on beneficial changes. Check out CSUN’s Faculty Canvas Support Website for resources on getting started in Canvas and receiving additional support.