T-Square Being Phased Out, Use of Canvas to Begin this Semester
After two years of testing and discussion on technology solutions that best support the academic enterprise, Tech’s primary learning management system, T-Square, is being phased out.
Georgia Tech has contracted with Canvas by Instructure for this new service. Transition to the new platform will begin with a small group of users this semester. Those who will be part of the initial group were notified last week.
Canvas will eventually be used in Tech’s residential and virtual courses as well as non-credit, professional education, and lifelong learning opportunities. The implementation will expand in Spring 2018 and will reach completion by Spring 2019.
T-Square will be available for course sites until the end of 2018. Beginning in Spring 2019, all courses will reside in Canvas. T-Square will no longer be supported for course sites beginning in January 2019.
For the past two years, the Office of the Provost spearheaded an in-depth testing process in which faculty, staff, administrators, and students evaluated and provided feedback on a number of learning management solutions. The collaborative effort was led by the Center for 21st Century Universities, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Professional Education, and the Office of Information Technology.
“We are committed to providing students and faculty with the best tools to make learning and teaching an enjoyable experience,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “Managing the process with Canvas will allow the faculty and students to focus on learning.”
The Canvas platform provides a cloud hosting solution, an open application programming interface (API), mobile applications, and the possibility of future software add-ons. As Georgia Tech continues to expand, digitize, and diversify its educational offerings, Canvas will provide a flexible infrastructure for educational growth and innovation.