Currently, the college is choosing a new Learning Management Software to replace iCampus. The former company that created iCampus has been bought out by Blackboard, and the software is outdated and will not be updated.
The school is looking into three new possibilities, which include Blackboard Learn, Desire 2 Learn, and Canvas by Instructure.
Here are some of the attributes of all three potential LMS systems:
Blackboard is one software that would be easy to migrate to because many staff members are already familiar with the software. Submitting assignments through Blackboard is also easy.
Blackboard also allows teachers to attach rubrics to grades so students are able to see specifically what they made mistakes on. Blackboard also allows users to create discussion groups as well as private messaging, which allows for easy collaboration.
When it comes to reading files on Blackboard, the software does not do well with files like PDF, PPT or Word documents; all files would have to be downloaded and the student would need specific software for that file in order to read it. When it comes to the mobile app, Blackboard has by far the best user interface and ease of use, but students would need to pay $1.99 per year in order to use the app.
Desire2Learn offers an easier interface in order to access your grades and assignments. One of the things that Desire2Learn does best is that it categorizes assignments and allows students to view their progress in certain areas of a course whether quizzes, assignments, or participation.
Desire2Learn also allows teachers to attach rubrics to grades so students can see what they specifically got wrong. When it comes to reading content, Desire2Learn does a great job; it can natively read many file types and makes it easy for teachers to post content like readings or PowerPoints and for the students to read them.
Unlike its counterpart Blackboard, Desire2Learn offers a mobile app for free, but the app is only available for IPhone and IOS users.
When it comes to easy interface and providing useful tools for students, Canvas wins hands down. Canvas makes clear reminders of what assignments that you need to do.
Canvas also allows students to enter “what if” grades. That means that if a student wants to see what her grade would be if she got an 80 out of 100 points on assignment, she would enter 80 on that assignment in the grade book. Canvas would then show her what her grade would be if she got an 80 on that assignment.This is a very useful and valuable tool that all students would love to have.
Canvas also makes it easy to contact a professor or fellow student with private messaging.
When it comes to reading files, Canvas also does a very good job of allowing students to read content within the software itself. Canvas also features a mobile app that is free and is available for both Android and IOS users.
All things considered, we believe that if the school is looking for a useful , easy-to-use and flexible learning management software, Canvas is the best candidate for the job.
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