When we surveyed students and faculty at the end of the Fall quarter 2013 about their experiences in the Canvas pilot, their preferences were clear: both groups preferred Canvas to Blackboard by wide margins. Will the same be true during Winter quarter 2014?
The Winter quarter pilot included about 40 classes and an equal number of faculty. There are around 1350-1400 students in these classes. So far, 22 of the faculty have filled in the survey; about 212 of the students have filled in the survey. What will their verdict be?
We survey the faculty and students in the pilots to make sure that the university considers the opinions of those who are most informed about the LMSs with which the university is experimenting. These surveys will figure largely in the recommendation that the LMS Review Committee makes to the Educational Technologies Advisory Committee. We expect these recommendations and decisions this spring.
Keep tabs on this blog for more information about the surveys and the recommendations. If you’re in one of the pilots, please fill in the survey — you’ll find the link in your email or in Canvas itself.