Instructure offered Ithaca two options—they could stick with a manual migration or work with K16 Solutions. The team tested both options. The LMS vendors’ tools only supported a few types of content, and they weren’t necessarily usable. Exams and quizzes didn’t reproduce well.
The committees governing the migration process, which included faculty, staff and students were supportive of working with K16 Solutions on an automated migration, in part, because of the college’s tight timeline.
Ithaca opted to break its 3,500-course migration into three batches. Because faculty don’t teach every course every semester, this strategy allowed them to add courses they teach on a rotating basis. It also meant the Ithaca team could manage special requests. “This was a big benefit,” says Jenna Linskens, Ithaca’s Director of Learning and Innovative Technologies.
By using an automated course migration in batches, Ithaca’s faculty could focus on refining and redeveloping their classes on Canvas. Because they didn’t have to spend time copying and pasting content from one platform to the other, Linskens and her team could help faculty focus on instructional design. “We could work with them on making courses more accessible for students,” she says, adding that they can now consider what elements make courses truly effective and engaging.