Online Ed Moves Forward With Canvas

California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeThe Online Education Initiative (OEI) and Instructure Inc. are nearing completion of the contract negotiations and development process to make Canvas the common course management system for the California Community Colleges (CCC).


Discussions with the Instructure team have been very positive and the negotiated rates for use of Canvas will prove very favorable to the colleges, and ultimately to the success of students across the system.

While details of the contract can’t be shared until the contract is signed, the terms primarily address subscription fees, implementation and support. Once the contract is completed and signed, a detailed announcement will be made providing details for colleges to understand how they can adopt Canvas as their college course platform.

Survey Says: Canvas Interest High

A recent survey of Distance Education Coordinators across the community colleges found that 76 percent of responding colleges are interested in adopting Canvas as the CCC common course management system during the next four years. Ninety colleges responded to the Canvas Implementation and Support Survey.

The survey asked colleges which of the six implementation cohorts they would choose to participate in to adopt Canvas. While the reporting is non-binding, this information will assist the OEI staff to allocate appropriate resources based on feedback from each campus as it relates to interest in upgrading to Canvas. Additionally, the survey asked colleges to report on their existing Tier 1 support services for students and faculty.

CCC Promotional Video

An exciting, new promotional video highlighting Sierra College’s and Pasadena City College’s successes with Canvas is now available to support local discussions regarding the adoption of Canvas. As these two colleges were the first in California to adopt Canvas, the video profiles the experiences of students, faculty and distance education staff in supporting student success. Additionally, two OEI staff members share the benefits of Canvas as the choice for the common course management system as part of the OEI.

The video is among many resources available in the Common Course Management System Consideration Resources, which can be found at The resources are intended to assist colleges as they consider adopting Canvas as their course management system, including who on campus to involve in the process. Resources cover the selection of Canvas by a statewide faculty committee, information about what is Canvas and why a college should consider adopting it, profiles of colleges using Canvas and a guide from the OEI Steering Committee: Engaging in Campus Conversations on the Course Management System Selection.

Steve Klein is Statewide Program Director for the
California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative.



# RE: Online Ed Moves Forward With CanvasSatish Singhal 2015-06-04 23:49
When would Canvas be available to replace the current course management system? Also would faculty be required to go through mandatory training, before using Canvas? I would recommend that any training be voluntary.
# Statewide Program Director, OEISteve Klein 2015-06-05 16:22
Colleges will be able to choose to adopt Canvas based on their own local college decision-making process as well as likely timed to the ending of the contract with their current LMS. While Canvas will provide faculty training as well those provided by @ONE, any requirements for training at a college will be determined by the individual college.