The LMS Committee wanted to ensure their administrators, educators, and learners felt fully supported in the transition. With the help of K16 Solutions, an automated content migration service, Howard University began a phased implementation process that will be complete in January 2023 – just three semesters. The LMS committee designed a multi-faceted communication rollout that included a website dedicated to the Canvas transition. As the university fully adopts Canvas, the LMS committee will continue its training and communication efforts. Dr. Thomas will also continue meeting with faculty across Howard University’s schools and colleges to keep everyone informed, answer questions, and address any potential gaps.
“Another thing we did that I found to be very helpful was to convey [to faculty] that many of their current skills were transferable,” Dr. Thomas said. “We provided a roadmap to shadow the various signature features that were in our current LMS, what would be in the new LMS, and where there would be transferable skills. That helped a lot of people know they were not starting at ground 0.”
Howard University has maintained the use of its legacy LMS throughout much of the migration to ensure a smooth transition, especially for faculty needing to access course content. The onus of migrating course content, however, has not been on faculty. “We moved our content to Canvas LMS without any disruption or added work for the faculty,” Dr. Thomas said.