In June 2015 the Online Education Initiative (OEI) officially announced the selection of Instructure Canvas as the Common Course Management System (CCMS) for the California Community College (CCC) Online Education Initiative. As part of the contract process, the OEI will subsidize the cost of services for Canvas to all colleges in the system through the 2018-2019 school year, if the college replaces their current systems with Canvas. The OEI “is optimistic that this level of support will continue.”
MPC currently has a contract with Remote-Learner to host Moodle (MPC Online), the Learning Management System used by MPC, through June 30, 2017 with the option to renew and continue services for subsequent years.
MPC has the opportunity to decide to adopt Canvas or continue to use Moodle as its learning management system. As recommended by the Online Education Initiative and Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, MPC will rely on faculty expertise as well as student, support staff, administration, technology staff, and research to make a final decision.
On May 28, 2015, the MPC Academic Senate voted to task the Institutional Committee on Distance Education (ICDE) with the responsibility of conducting an evaluation of Canvas and bringing a recommendation back to the Senate.
At the September 18, 2015 meeting, ICDE created a plan for conducting an evaluation of Canvas with the intent to deliver one of the following recommendations back to the Academic Senate by March 30, 2016:
- Stay with Moodle and sign a new contract with Remote-Learner extending beyond June 30, 2017.
- Transition from Moodle to Canvas by the time our current contract expires on June 30, 2017.
- Extend our contract with Remote-Learner one additional year and continue the evaluation of options.