Rowan University Chooses Instructure Canvas For Its New Learning Management System

Rowan University’s College of Graduate & Continuing Education has chosen Instructure Canvas to replace Blackboard Learn 9.1 as the institutions online learning management system.

The decision stemmed from the faculty’s growing dissatisfaction about the quality of service from Blackboard.

“Canvas emerged as the superior choice time and time again in our evaluation,” said Michael Ciocco, Director of Online Services in the College of Graduate & Continuing Education at Rowan University. “We had experienced a series of on-going issues with Blackboard 9.1, so we chose to look for a more reliable service and discovered Canvas.”

Rowan ran a Canvas pilot and its instructional design team performed a side-by-side comparison of Blackboard to Canvas. The team chose Canvas for a variety of reasons, including its ability to scale with the university and its commitment to include all newly developed features in Canvas without charging extra.

Recently, Rowan’s Department of Nursing surpassed 400 students, including a West Coast RN to BSN program hosted by Stanford Hospitals and Clinics in Stanford, California. Rowan is also preparing for growth in new program areas, including the Cooper Medical School, which officially opened on July 24th of this year.

This growth, along with day-to-day concerns, drove the need for a new platform that could effectively scale. Canvas provides Rowan with a native cloud platform that can scale up or down according to the institution’s fluctuating needs.

“We welcome Rowan University to the Canvas community,” said Devlin Daley, co-founder and CTO at Instructure. “Canvas is native to the cloud, which means it has no versions and no scheduled maintenance. We built Canvas to handle the bursts of website traffic that institutions face throughout the semester and to scale with their enrollment.”

Rowan joins a growing community of Canvas users on the east coast including the University of Central Florida, University of Maryland, Brown University and more. Instructure today services more than 200 universities, colleges and school districts.

About Instructure:

Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. We provide instructors and students modern tools and resources to empower the learning experience. Founded by graduate students in collaboration with educational institutions, Instructure provides Canvas – the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning platform.