Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) announces that Canvas has been chosen as the new VLE for Oxford.
I am very pleased to inform you that Canvas has been chosen as the new virtual learning environment (VLE) for Oxford.
Canvas, provided by Instructure, was the unanimous choice of the VLE review project board as the preferred supplier to deliver the new virtual learning environment that will eventually replace WebLearn. The decision is the result of a process that began with the 2016 Digital Education Strategy implementation consultation. This identified the need for a more intuitive and user-friendly VLE. More information about this process is available on the VLE Review web pages.
The decision is also subject to contractual and commercial approval, and follows a rigorous selection process to identify the solution which would provide the best quality of user experience to support teaching and learning at Oxford.
...I trust that I can count on your support on the next phase of this exciting journey, so that we can work together to deliver a VLE that will help to advance education at Oxford by providing an intuitive digital platform for academics, students and staff.
Professor Martin Williams, Pro-VC (Education)
Next steps for Canvas
The Canvas @ Oxford team is currently identifying early adopters who will migrate their content and launch their new-look courses in Canvas in the 2018-2019 academic year. This will be followed by rollout to the wider University in 2019-2020. Roadshows to demonstrate how Canvas works are being planned for Trinity term 2018.
Availability of WebLearn
WebLearn will remain available for now, including for purposes other than teaching and learning, until alternative solutions are identified, support is in place and prior notice has been given.