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A New Learning Management System is Coming in Summer 2020

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 10:47

An exciting change is coming to Pitt in the Summer of 2020, as we transition from CourseWeb (Blackboard Learn) to a better, more modern Learning Management System (Canvas).

This enhancement is a direct result of a unanimous recommendation following a comprehensive assessment conducted by a committee of faculty, staff, and students from nearly every department and across all campuses. What’s more, Canvas is the dominant LMS among our peer schools in the Association of American Universities.

Moving to Canvas allows instructors to spend more time teaching and less time on mundane administrative tasks. Additional benefits include:

  • An intuitive, easy-to-use interface
  • Similar experiences whether you use a web browser or app
  • Integration with Lecture Capture (Panopto), Student Information System (PeopleSoft), Top Hat, Turnitin, and more
  • Regular system updates without scheduled outages

To get started, the University Center for Teaching and Learning (UCTL) is ready to assist you with the following resources:

  • Training on how to migrate content from Blackboard, as well as building Canvas content from the ground up
  • Individual one-on-one assistance
  • Plus, 24/7 online support from Canvas

Please note the following important dates for instructors:

  • December 2019 – Instructors have access to demo content including course materials at canvas.pitt.edu
  • January 2020 – Instructors can see summer programs in Canvas
  • May 2020 – Instructors will not be able to teach using CourseWeb (Blackboard Learn).
  • June 12, 2020 – CourseWeb content will no longer be available/exportable

Learn more about next steps to transition your courses to Canvas by visiting teaching.pitt.edu/canvas today.