The University of Central Florida (UCF) is the second-largest university in the United States. Its 12 colleges offer 210 degree programs and serve 61,000 students at three campuses and ten regional centers. The university delivers 38 percent of its total credit hours online.
UCF chose the Canvas LMS for its extensibility—the flexibility of the platform to be customized to meet the institution’s unique needs and to solve problems. The university has used the LTI standard to build integrations for third-party tools, as well as for its own custom apps. For example, UCF developed a custom LTI integration for OneSearch Lite, a library search tool that helps connect students with research materials. Within the first weeks after integrating the library tool with Canvas, it was accessed by 20,000 unique visitors.
Instructional designers say the continual upgrades to Canvas incorporate technical, as well as pedagogical improvements, which enables instructors and designers to achieve a balanced approach in their online courses.