The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce a new online tool to support instructional needs across campus. The University has begun a phased implementation of a new online course management system that will eventually replace Blackboard.

The decision to move to Canvas was heavily influenced by the UK community. Canvas was chosen because of its:

  • Ease of use - managing course materials will be easier for both faculty and students.
  • Multimedia - integration and delivery.
  • Mobile friendliness - no native app required - even with a mobile web browser Canvas is beautiful.
  • Integration options with existing teaching tools at UK including Google Apps for Education.
  • Cloud SaaS subscription service with open source software and agile development approach- means consistent introduction of new functionality without major upgrades so less disruption for users.
  • Compliance with accessibility standards - Canvas has been recognized by The National Federation for the Blind for compliance and conforms to the W3C’s WAI WCAG guidelines.
  • Favored by multiple constituencies: faculty, students, distance learning, and staff.


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