Project Updates

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Current Project Status: 

Sonoma State University will adopt Canvas by Instructure as our single, centrally-supported Learning Management System.

While faculty and instructors are encouraged to become familiar with Canvas, SSU’s self-hosted Moodle will remain active for teaching Summer 2018 through Spring 2019, remaining fully supported for the duration of the transition year. Faculty have the option to teach in either the Moodle or Canvas platforms during this transition period.




  • 5/23/18: Provost Vollendorf has approved the Academic Senate, APARC and ATISS' recommendations and campus will now begin implementing Canvas as our new LMS
  • 5/17/2018: ATISS votes to adopt Canvas by Instructure as SSU's LMS
  • 4/18/2018: The Academic Technology & Instructional Spaces Subcommittee (ATISS) approves a recommendation that SSU moves forward with Instructure Canvas during Fall 2018 with a full transition to the next generation LMS by Fall of 2019 (or Summer 2019 for those teaching in that term). APARC unanimously endorsed this recommendation. The full report & recommendation can be viewed on the LMS Website Research & Resources page
  • 2/15/2018: By mutual agreement of the Executive Committee of the Senate and the Provost, the Senate plans to consider the recommendations of the ATISS subcommittee and APARC at the May 1, 2018, Academic Senate meeting. This leaves the May 17, 2018, Academic Senate meeting if needed for further consideration. All recommendations, considerations, and accumulated data from the year-long evaluation will be evaluated as part of the final decision by the Provost. Given the timeline of the Academic Senate process, the timeframe for the decision now stands between May 17-June 17, 2018.
    Due to a potential overlap in the Provost’s final decision and the start of summer term, summer courses will have the option to participate in the Canvas pilot or Moodle at the discretion of individual instructors.  SSU’s pilot agreement for Canvas runs the duration of the summer term in order to provide clarity and stability for faculty teaching this summer.
    To ensure that we are evaluating all options based on their ability to support robust teaching and learning with attention to supporting accessibility and course design, the Provost has set aside $300,000 to support training and migration of current courses into a new LMS.  To ensure a smooth transition to the next-generation LMS, an LMS Planning Group comprised of Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs, and IT leaders will convene formally in Spring 2018 to agree on the overall timeline and support model necessary for the LMS transition.
  • 1/22/2018: Canvas Pilot start date to coincide with the beginning of Spring 2018 semester
  • 12/05/2017: Canvas pilot approved by Academic Technology & Instructional Spaces Subcommittee for Spring 2018
  • 11/13/2017 - 11/14/2017: Public LMS Vendor Demonstrations (Instructure Canvas & Moodle by eThink)
  • 9/30/2017: Campus begins a formal investigation on possible next-generation LMS for University