Penn will be operating on a uniform online learning management platform in the new academic year.

Instructure, the company which owns the learning management system Canvas, announced today that the University will be using Canvas for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Over the past year, Penn has been evaluating the use of this system in the Graduate School of Education, the Wharton School, and the Law School, in addition to a year-long pilot study that Penn Libraries conducted.

According to the Instructure press release, most of the professors using the system during this pilot period found that Canvas “offered better teaching tools than traditional learning management systems and met or exceeded their course development needs.”

“We selected Canvas because it offers flexibility for this wide range of schools and interdisciplinary programs on our campus,” Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns said in the press release.

Canvas will be available to any instructors wishing to use it during the fall and spring semesters. By the summer of 2014, it will be fully implemented across the University.

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