Maricopa County CC’s rolling out Instructure’s Canvas LMS
Following the successful implementation of a new Learning Management System (LMS) at Mesa Community College, the Maricopa Community Colleges have announced a schedule to make available the new LMS at eight more colleges at the start of the fall semester.
An LMS is software designed to allow a college to administer college courses online, as well as, among other things, to provide ways for students to obtain content and submit assignments online.
When fully implemented, the new system, Canvas by Instructure, will be used at nine of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges. Full implementation is expected to occur by the start of the first summer academic session in 2013, when the LMS now used at those eight colleges, Blackboard, will no longer be available.
Rio Salado College will continue to use its proprietary RioLearn LMS. Because Rio starts classes frequently, it has different LMS needs than do the nine other colleges.
“We’ve been very happy with our progress in rolling out Canvas at Mesa Community College and expanding its use at other colleges,” said George Kahkedjian, Vice Chancellor for Information Technologies. “Improving our Learning Management System will help make our students more successful.” Student success is a primary goal of the Maricopa Community Colleges.
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