Canvas, developed by Instructure, replaced Blackboard as Newcastle's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from August 2020. This was the result of a highly collaborative requirement gathering phase with colleagues and students and a rigorous procurement process. 

Canvas and the Education Resilience Framework

Canvas is the platform that you will use to build your flexible 2020-21 courses. Further information, about the tools and resources to support the implementation of the ERF, is shown below and further detail about the Flexible Learning 2020 support you can expect can be found on the Flexible Learning webpages. 

This infographic shows the elements that support the implementation of the Education Resilience Framework. Please see the PDF below for an accessible version.

Canvas Project Milestones

The key project milestones below show how we made the transition to Canvas:

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September 2019

Canvas announced as Newcastle's new Virtual Learning Environment from the 2020/21 academic year.

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January 2020

Over 60 early adopter Semester 2 modules are delivered on Canvas. Canvas 24/7 help is launched for staff and students for 'how do I' type questions and for any technical help.

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February 2020

Colleagues get access to Canvas. Colleagues will have a personal sandbox course and a Canvas at Newcastle orientation course. Training sessions will be available to book.

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March/April 2020

All modules for 2020/21 created in Canvas once final approval in MOFS has taken place. Content from 2017/18, 2018/2019 and Semester 1 2019/20 content will already be migrated into Canvas for reference. Semester 2 content will be migrated once Semester 2 teaching ends.

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April 2020

A comprehensive training programme will begin in early April. Training and support will be offered via a range of methods including bespoke sessions on request. Further information will be available shortly. 

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August 2020

Blackboard's licence ends on the 31st July. From the 1st August, all content previously delivered on Blackboard will be delivered on Canvas.