Rutgers selects Canvas as learning management system (LMS)

Members of the Rutgers Community:

We are pleased to announce the selection of Canvas as the university’s official learning management system (LMS).

By choosing Canvas, we will be taking a significant step to enhance the educational experience at the university. Recognized for its ease of use, flexibility, and mobile capabilities, Canvas is the leading LMS among Rutgers’ peer institutions. Learning management systems have become essential tools in higher education, used for everything from assignments and syllabi to content sharing and discussion groups. The move from multiple systems to a single, university-wide LMS will foster collaboration, reduce complexity, and simplify the learning and teaching experience for Rutgers students and faculty.

The selection of Canvas was made after consideration by an LMS committee with faculty, staff, and student representatives from across the university, as well as a thorough review of best practices at peer institutions. As an enterprise-wide technology, Canvas will be managed and supported by the Office of Information Technology.

The transition to Canvas will require time, effort, and careful thought. We recognize the many issues raised by this step, including important concerns and questions about course migrations, faculty training, technical support, and other issues. With this in mind, we will soon be forming a steering committee to ensure involvement by faculty, staff, and students as we embark on the considerable planning required for this effort. An initiative of this magnitude will not happen overnight, and we want to reassure you that instructors will be given ample time to make the transition.

For questions and concerns related to this transition, please contact:

You may also email gocanvas@rutgers.edu with general inquiries.

For additional details on the transition to Canvas, please visit: https://gocanvas.rutgers.edu

We look forward to working as partners to ensure this transition is a success for the entire Rutgers community.

Best regards,

Barbara A. Lee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Michele Norin
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer