Seattle Pacific University, with its top-notch blended and distance teaching and learning, had used its former learning management system (LMS) for over a decade.
Dr. Rolin Moe, the director of academic innovation at Seattle Pacific, said that teachers and academic technology staff were increasingly frustrated with their former LMS because it didn’t improve the learning experience. “We had evolved. We needed something new, something dynamic, something that could grow with us rather than hold us back,” Moe said.
Seattle Pacific tested the Canvas LMS by Instructure. Users said Canvas was intuitive, flexible, and easy to use, and had a pedagogical, rather than technical, learning curve and a strong LTI foundation with building blocks. IT staffs could have more time to focus on important tasks instead of system maintenance. With a desire to jump in quickly, and smooth course migration, Seattle Pacific switched to Canvas in just 11 months, with a campus-wide rollout in the summer of 2016.
Read about Seattle Pacific's "Three Es" of distance learning and the opportunity that faculty had to create new content at https://www.canvaslms.com/change.