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Project and Timeline

  • Spring 2020 – Voluntary faculty migration of courses from TRACS to Canvas; New faculty teach with Canvas

    Fall 2020 –  Last semester a course can be taught using TRACS.

    January 2021 – All courses taught in Canvas. TRACS goes into a read-only state. Faculty can log in and continue to access content and data but not develop or publish new courses or sites.

    January 2023 – TRACS will move into an archival state. Faculty cannot access content any longer; data will only be available per statutory data retention policies.

  • Starting Spring 2020 and through the eventual sunsetting of TRACS we realize there may be confusion for students who are not sure which tool faculty are using for their classes. We are developing a custom tool where students, faculty, and staff will be able to log in and see their courses, as well as whether the courses are in TRACS or Canvas. This will help to mitigate confusion for all Canvas and TRACS users.

  • We understand that TRACS project sites are extensively used throughout the university community. Canvas will offer a project site option. Texas State also currently offers tools available to manage projects, collaborate with others, and store files (such as Planner, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Department Share Drives). Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to use the tool most comfortable to them to accomplish their goals.

    Specific to Canvas project sites, Faculty, Staff, and Students can create Project Courses in Canvas now. Learn how to create a Canvas Project Course.

  • This decision is the culmination of more than two years of research by staff in the Division of Information Technology and the Office of Distance and Extended Learning in Academic Affairs. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff members tested the systems and provided feedback. The information from these efforts was combined into a report and presented to the Learning Management System Advisory Committee on May 15, 2019. The committee unanimously recommended Canvas as Texas State’s new learning management system. 

    To learn more about how the decision was made, visit the pages linked below:

    Announcement about the Canvas selection from the Provost and Vice President for Information Technology

    LMS Project Archive pages show the activities involved in the search for Canvas and leading up to the selection of the new LMS.