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Important Update

After an extensive review process, the Academic Senate voted to approve the Academic Planning, Assessment, & Resources Committee (APARC) and Academic Technology & Instructional Spaces Subcommittee (ATISS) recommendation that Sonoma State University adopt Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS). Provost Vollendorf has approved that recommendation and campus will now begin implementing Canvas as our new LMS.

The transition to Canvas will take approximately 12 months; starting Summer 2018 and conclude by end of Spring 2019. The Fall 2019 semester will be the first regular semester exclusively on Canvas.

The LMS Project Final Report regarding the pilot of 16 Canvas courses during the Spring 2018 semester is now available.

How will this change affect you?

For all other questions about the transition, please reach out to lmsproject@sonoma.edu.



Considerations for LMS Assessment

In September 2017, Provost Vollendorf asked the Academic Senate's Academic Technology and Instructional Spaces Subcommittee to undertake an assessment of Learning Management Systems, including Moodle. This request was made in response to feedback gathered over the prior academic year about the stability of our self-hosted Moodle solution and the best practice of evaluating our LMS every few years to ensure we have a strong solution to support teaching and learning at SSU.

  • Awareness of shifting Learning Management System environment, particularly in the CSU, with rapid changes in campus adoption of newly available platforms
  • Faculty feedback about Moodle’s lack of responsiveness and limitations and relatively low faculty utilization of the platform
  • Campus concerns about ongoing outages that led us to need to assess hosted solutions and other ways of ensuring that we have backup systems in place
  • Campus stakeholders’ knowledge of other Learning Management Systems that support a more robust integration of multimedia technology capabilities and built-in analytics that we may or may not have in Moodle
  • The budget will be more closely aligned with priorities in the future, so during 2017-2018 the campus will assess its priorities and identify items that may need new funding in a new, more strategically aligned budget going forward as part of a new campus strategic plan

Decision Framework

  • By mutual agreement of the Executive Committee of the Senate and the Provost, the Senate considered the recommendations of the ATISS subcommittee and APARC at the May 17, 2018 Academic Senate meeting, ultimately approving the recommendation to move to Canvas. All recommendations, considerations, and accumulated data from the year-long evaluation were evaluated as part of the final decision by the Provost who approved the recommendation for implementation
  • During Summer 2018, an extended pilot of the Canvas LMS will include an additional 40 courses. The Canvas pilot is closed for additional participation at this time.