Our LMS Focus Group Survey closed on March 31, 2014, bringing our Learning Management System Comparison Project to an end. Now that the survey results are in and we’ve had some time to look at the data, we’d like to share our findings with you.
In our focus groups, participants used this comparison checklist as means for exploring features most commonly used in many face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses here at La Salle. After completing the activities in both Blackboard and Canvas, participants rated their experiences using both systems and provided additional feedback about their exploration.
Fifty-one faculty members signed up for either our in-person or self-guided focus groups and thirty-two completed the survey. Of those who completed the survey,
- 21 are tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track faculty members and 11 are adjunct faculty members
- 30 currently use Blackboard to support their teaching
- 14 have taught an online course.
Participants came from a wide range of academic areas.
What Did We Find?
Participants indicated that while they were familiar with Blackboard, they found Canvas to be about the same or easier to use than Blackboard. These findings were consistent in each of the comparison checklist activity areas.
Among our 32 participants, 24 (or 75%) indicated that, based on their experiences in the focus group, they would rather use Canvas.
While faculty expressed some concerns about the time necessary to learn a new system, many indicated that they felt Canvas would be easy to learn if the University made the switch to a new learning management system.
We truly appreciate the time participants took to be a part of this process. If you were unable to participate but would like to learn more about either Blackboard or Canvas, please feel free to get in touch with any member of the ID team or check out our quick comparison of key features.
If you have questions about the LMS Comparison Project or the focus group data, please feel free to contact John Caputo.