To keep Oncourse, or not to keep Oncourse, that was the question…
…and now we have an answer. Over the next two years, Indiana University will be transitioning away from Oncourse as our learning management system (or LMS, for those who like acronyms and abbreviations), in favor of a new LMS called Canvas. Canvas is offered by a company named Instructure, and as we at IU start moving over, we’ll have a series on this blog detailing some of the neat new features that Canvas has to offer.
Ready to learn more about Canvas? Try these links to start with:
- http://www.instructure.com/about-us has a short video, and the Higher Ed tab at the top has more detail.
- Head to http://next.iu.edu/canvas-platform/index.php to learn more about why Canvas was chosen. (You can also browse http://next.iu.edu to learn more about other technologies being piloted at IU).
- Want to start exploring? Faculty and staff can request Canvas accounts site by completing the contact next.iu form. Pick “I would like a Canvas account” in the “reason for contact” field.
- Canvas has help documentation at http://guides.instructure.com/
- lynda.com has a course on Canvas also. If you have an IU login (from any IU campus), you can access lynda courses for free by going to http://lynda.iu.edu and logging in with your IU account.
Perhaps some of these features will lead you to switch your course management to Canvas long before Oncourse is retired. I know once I saw the Calendar tool, I was a huge fan. More to come!