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U of I Selects Canvas (2021)

Market Share Trends

Canvas is the preferred LMS among K-12 and higher education institutions nationwide. With year-end 2021 data, Canvas leads with 34% of US & Canadian higher ed institutions, followed by Moodle at 21%, Blackboard at 20%, and D2L at 14%.

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2021 Canvas Pilot

Canvas by InstructurePILOT REPORT (Aug 31, 2021)
Canvas Pilot Recommendation Report

UofI Moving to Canvas for LMS

UofI Transition to Canvas


The goal of the 2021 Canvas Pilot was to provide faculty exposure to Canvas so they could provide feedback on its ability to meet their LMS needs. Feedback generated by participating faculty was presented to leadership at the end of Summer 2021.

Feedback Categories

  • Faculty experience associated with migrating to Canvas
  • Canvas features look and feel
  • Support needed by faculty during a potential migration
  • Recommended practices in teaching effectively with Canvas

Pilot Participation

  • Spring Canvas Pilot
    Fifty-eight faculty from 9 colleges (CAA, CALS, CBE, CLASS, CNR, EHHS, ENGR, LAW, SCI) participated in "getting to know" Canvas, experimenting with its key features, and providing feedback about their experience.
  • Summer Canvas Pilot
    Twenty faculty from 6 colleges (CAA, CBE, CLASS, CNR, EHHS, LAW) went on to teach 23 summer courses in Canvas to a total of 312 students.


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