When their LMS admin involved in implementation retired, Keenan said it didn’t take long to get their new systems administrator, Jennifer Blake, up-to-speed. The easy transition was thanks to all of the resources provided by Instructure - like webinars. Additionally, Colohan said that anytime they’ve run into questions along the way, support has been there to point them in the right direction.
“Canvas LMS is so user-friendly, you can look at it, and even someone who has never been in before can go in and create a course. Everything is laid out for you,” Blake said.
In addition to an easy-to-use interface, connecting with fellow Canvas users is another significant benefit.
“The Community is huge,” Jennifer Blake said. “I found that in working with Instructure, they are very big on getting you in contact with other people doing the same thing you are. You don’t have to search for information on your own. It’s great to reach out to someone doing the same process as you.”
Canvas LMS also connects essential tools to streamline access and keep students learning. Districts like Virginia Beach are swimming in edtech tools. Colohan described Canvas LMS’s extensive LTI capabilities as a significant selling point for the new learning management system in gaining educator buy-in.
“Each time we can say, ‘And remember it's in Canvas LMS,’ it’s a win for us, Colohan said.
In addition to its connectivity, Colohan and team emphasized the value of flexible, easy-to-access course design in Canvas LMS. Their elementary courses direct students to Modules, and their middle and high schools follow a similar homepage design for consistency.