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Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: 
 
The current license for our Learning Management System (LMS), eCourseware (D2L), expires December 31, 2021. Accordingly, the University of Memphis has decided to make the transition from D2L to Canvas by Instructure as our official LMS on January 1, 2022. The change is being made after careful study and clear, overwhelming support from faculty. Canvas was the preferred LMS by the vast majority of our 41 faculty and staff evaluators in 2020. As the LMS market leader in North American higher education, Canvas will be a valuable service for all modalities of instruction, including on-ground and online classes. 
 
Dr. Robert Jackson, Chief Information Officer, Dr. Jill Dapremont, Faculty Senate President, and I are serving as executive sponsors of the transition and, with the Canvas Steering Committee, will provide oversight for the Canvas implementation project team. Such oversight will help ensure that the Canvas setup, integration with UofM services, D2L course migration and user training will address the educational needs of all stakeholder units. 
 
Dr. Scott Vann, who oversees our UM3D Instructional Impact services, will serve as director of the Canvas implementation team, along with our Associate CIO, Dr. Robert “Bob” Johnson, as the team assistant director. The team is already working with Canvas staff to ensure that current courses in D2L will be migrated into Canvas and that various opportunities for training will be provided to faculty and students.  
 
Any comments or questions can be forwarded to swvann@memphis.edu or rjohn@memphis.edu. Please view the UofM Canvas LMS Transition 2022 webpage to learn more about reasons for this change and the timeline for course migration and training. 

Dr. Tom Nenon
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
 
 
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