ACU ran a competitive tender process in 2021 to select a new LMS to replace Moodle, the LMS that underpins LEO. That tender was run so that ACU could provide a contemporary LMS that supported developing pedagogies at ACU and the possibility of new product lines, such as microcredentials. Canvas was found to be the most suitable LMS through that tender process.
Our current LMS is over 10 years old and is not meeting the demands of its users, especially around mobile technology.
Learning and Teachingdesign and develop how Canvas will function across ACU to ensure the structure upholds ACU’s Quality Framework & Branding guidelines,
ensure the learning and teaching needs of the university are met in a fully functional environment,
define the process and clear goals for each unit’s transition.
The Learning and Teaching stream are working to:
Data and Content Migration
The Data and Content Migration stream will work in partnership with our vendors to:
migrate all active content from Moodle to Canvas
archive inactive content currently stored in Moodle appropriately
define and configure the Canvas dashboards for any relevant reporting.
Change and Transition
The Change and Transition stream will guide all staff and students through the change by:
helping to raise awareness of the change
providing the appropriate training opportunities and access to support
keeping all stakeholders informed of any decisions and associated impacts.
The Technology stream will work to:
create a safe, secure and supportable Canvas environment
integrate all learning tools and enterprise applications through testing and release phases.
Other universities who use Canvas have found that students find it intuitive and easy to use. Through this project we will create a consistent online interface for students. Every unit they undertake at ACU will have a familiar layout, so students can focus on their learning objectives.
Faculty input will be sought during all phases of the project. Part of the project governance structure is to have reference groups to provide a forum to review plans and designs, and to influence how Canvas will operate at ACU. Faculty staff will be involved in these groups. The project aims to be fully transparent and will encourage feedback and input at all stages.
User-friendly interface: the interface is designed to be intuitive and straightforward, making it easy to find information and complete tasks quickly.
Mobile compatibility: a mobile app for iOS and Android devices, allowing access to course materials and collaboration on-the-go.
Integration with other tools: integrates with a wide range of tools and applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Echo360, and much more.
Customer support: provides 24/7 customer support, allowing users to get the help they need when they need it.
Analytics and reporting: provides advanced analytics and reporting features, enabling staff to make data-driven decisions to review and support student learning.