It’s official: UMN to phase out Moodle

The shift to the more flexible platform is expected to take two years.

by David Clarey

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday its plans to shift from Moodle to a new learning management system, Canvas.

The shift is expected to take two years, and Moodle will stay active during the transition. The move was announced in a Wednesday email to faculty and staff from Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson and Information Technology Vice President Bernard Gulachek.

The Minnesota Daily previously reported Moodle has grown resource-intensive. The platform was not tailored for large institutions like the University.

In a pilot survey by University Learning Technology Advisors, a faculty and administrative committee, in the fall of 2016 showed about 80 percent of instructors and about 60 percent of students thought the University should switch to Canvas.

Writing studies professor Ann Hill Duin, piloted the Canvas platform for her classes and previously told the Minnesota Daily that Canvas is cleaner, with the ability to share performance analytics — like participation, grades and missed assignments — with students to see how they compare to peers.

The University’s decision to switch from Moodle to Canvas comes less than week after the appointment of Gulachek as the vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

Correction: A previous version of this report incorrectly stated Bernard Gulachek’s title. Gulachek is the University’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.