Modern tools for students and faculty.
The Canvas Implementation Project aims to ensure Trinity successfully transitions from TLearn (Moodle), our current Learning Management System (LMS), to Instructure’s Canvas. Shifting to a more robust and more user-friendly LMS will enable faculty members to develop a more sophisticated use of digital teaching tools.
As part of Trinity’s Digital Transformation program, faculty took the opportunity to review the University’s current Learning Management System, TLearn (Moodle). After a collaborative process spearheaded by ITS and the Faculty Senate’s Enterprise Research and Technology Committee (ERTC), the University decided to transition from TLearn to Canvas to provide the Trinity community access to a cutting-edge, 21st-century LMS.
Status: 🟢 On track
Current Stage: Faculty training and adoption of Canvas LMS
Winter 2023 | Discovery
ITS and the Faculty Senate’s Enterprise Research and Technology Committee (ERTC) identified LMS requirements and pain points and decided on Canvas to replace the current LMS (Moodle).
Spring 2023 | Planning and Implementation
This is where the Trinity project team worked alongside Canvas, and faculty representatives (ERTC and change liaisons) to plan for and implement an LMS that meets faculty needs and improves current LMS pain points.
Summer-Winter 2023 | Training
No two courses or instructors are the same so our instructional design team members offers ongoing training and provides personal support. Faculty using Canvas in the Fall semester will also continue to have support.
Winter 2024 | Adoption and Sustainment
As faculty become more familiar with Canvas, there will be ongoing Advanced training and new feature releases. Faculty who are considering or recently started using Canvas will be provided support and ongoing training.
Key Dates to Remember
Canvas is live!
Canvas training begins
Individual transition appointments begin
Deadline to schedule a first-time transition appointment
What to Expect
System to Be Replaced:
TLearn will be replaced by Canvas LMS
Systems That are Staying:
Though some faculty use Google Classroom, we encourage you to take advantage of Canvas and its robust offerings along with training and support from the Academic Technology team.
Ongoing communication about features and Canvas tips
Captured feedback from faculty
Assessment of adoption and satisfaction (TLearn is used by approximately 30% of faculty. With Canvas, we hope to streamline the experience for faculty and for students with 70% adoption.)
Continuous improvement and sustainment
Enterprise system implementations are never perfect on day 1. We expect this to be the case, and will work to ensure you have the support you need as you learn the ins and outs of Workday-Student. Continuous improvement is part of our post-launch sustainment plan, so expect to have avenues to provide feedback and share your experiences.
Canvas LMS will deliver improvements that will benefit you, your department, and the entire Trinity community.
The system will:
- Easily move course materials (and entire sections) around
- Seemless import of TLearn classes into Canvas
- Class customization
- Have multiple sections of a class from the same page to avoid additional effort with course pages
- More intuitive for students to use
- Ongoing support from Canvas (no previous support with TLearn)
Meet the LMS Team
- Duane Coltharp, project sponsor
- Art De Los Santos, project manager
- Marina Walton, instructional design
- Kevin Hearn, instructional design
- Martha Moreno, communications
- Michelle Bartonico, organizational change management
Your colleagues are here to be a sounding board and avenue through which you can provide feedback throughout the project.
- Amy Holmes, associate professor, Accounting
- David Collier, enterprise senior systems analysis
- Emma Treadway, assistant professor, Engineering Science and Chair of the ERTC
- Heather Haynes Smith, associate profession, Education
- Lauren Turek, associate professor, History
- Mark Lewis, professor, Computer Science