University selects replacement for Succeed

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Photo: University of Stirling

The University of Stirling has found a replacement for the Succeed portal, the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

The new system, called Canvas, is being implemented in time for the new 2017/18 year, with the aim of being in place for the new wave of students coming to the university in September.

VP Education Matt Adie said: “The desires of students have been represented at all stages in this process, from providing feedback on their current experiences to inform development of our statement of requirements, to testing our potential products and evaluating suppliers.

“Having been involved in the work of the evaluation group, I’m confident that the new system Canvas will deliver an attractive, responsive and easy to use system to students, regardless of the device they access the system from – meeting some of students’ key asks.

“The new system will be implemented in time for students returning in Autumn 2017, until then work will continue to ensure staff and students are appropriately trained to make the most of the new system, helping transform learning and teaching at Stirling.”

Blackboard, the current platform for Succeed, has come under criticism from students, with an overabundance of notifications and the lack of a mobile friendly set-up high in their critiques of the outgoing system.

Canvas advertises its simplicity, its iOS and Android applications, and its customisable notifications centre.

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