In March 2018 Canvas was chosen as the new virtual learning environment (VLE) for Oxford. The decision to use Canvas, provided by Instructure, is the result of a process that began with the 2016 Digital Education Strategy implementation consultation, which identified the need for a more intuitive and user-friendly VLE. Following a rigorous selection process, Canvas was identified as the solution which would provide the best quality of user experience to support teaching and learning at Oxford.
You can find more information on the process that led to the selection of Canvas on the VLE Review page.
As of June 2018 the project has moved to the early adopter phase, which will involve several departments and faculties moving their courses to Canvas.
Early adopters will attend a number of design and training workshops, and will be closely supported by Learning Technologists and implementation coordinators throughout the duration of the phase. Students on early adopter courses (first year undergraduate and graduate students on courses starting in Michaelmas term 2018) will be contacted by the project before they begin their course of study at Oxford and will be supplied with any support materials needed. The early adopter phase will undergo a rigorous evaluation which will be used to inform the wider rollout, expected to take place from summer 2019.
A series of roadshows are being run during the lifetime of the project, with the dates being widely communicated across the University each term. The first set of roadshows took place during Trinity term and were attended by nearly 200 people in total.
You can find more information about Canvas on the Digital Education website