BlueLine2 is Chosen

Creighton University has selected Canvas as the next Learning Management System (LMS). Promoted as BlueLine2, this new LMS was recommended unanimously by the BlueLine admins and approved by the Academic Technology Council and the IT Steering Council. The decision culminated six months of research, testing and evaluation as chronicled in the BlueLine blog (http://blogs.creighton.edu/blueline/). BlueLine2 is very student-centric and positions us well for the future as mobility and multiple communication channels are becoming standard expectations.

In addition to the functionality you’ve come to know in an LMS, BlueLine2 is built on modern technology and offers a host of new features:

  • Mobile access across devices
  • Integration with social media applications and Google Docs
  • Increased efficiency in grading through Rubrics and the Speed Grader application
  • Student choice of notification options (text, e-mail, Facebook) with no additional steps for faculty
  • Dynamic feature upgrades as they are developed thus eliminating patches and down time
  • Cloud-based storage and server technology supported by Amazon Web Services

Deans, department chairs and department managers will be contacted to schedule an introduction to BlueLine2 allowing for a focused and collaborative approach to learning this new LMS. Training and faculty development (both face to face sessions and online tutorials) will be concentrated throughout the spring semester into the summer with a full launch in the fall of 2012. The campus community has until June 1, 2013, to complete the transition to BlueLine2 at which time the “2” will be dropped and the name BlueLine will remain.

Want to schedule an introduction session for your department? Contact the Academic and eLearning Technologies team at [email protected] and we will coordinate a time at a location of your convenience.

Getting Started: Following the introduction session within your department or work area, you have some options. We can create a “sandbox” course site for you to experiment with (but not use as a live course) or you can further the learning process by accessing a series of tutorials (http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4210) in anticipation of the summer and fall courses being available to work on just after spring break. We anticipate some instructors will be ready to teach using BlueLine2 in the summer and many will be ready in the fall. Our goal is to have everyone transitioned in the spring semester of 2013.

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