LMS Replacement at Ithaca College

A collaborative effort with the Office of the Provost and Information Technology, with support from faculty, students, and staff.

Canvas, our new learning management system, is now live!

We are thrilled to announce that as of today Canvas is now officially Ithaca College’s new learning management system (LMS)!  With the transition to Canvas, Sakai has been placed into a read-only mode for reference during the fall semester and is no longer available for instruction or project sites.

Canvas has many benefits over Sakai including a modern, user-friendly, content-focused design, a platform for cultivating interconnected, digital teaching and learning opportunities, a consistent, organized way to structure courses, and excellent mobile apps and interfaces for students and faculty.

The recommendation to move to Canvas was made last fall semester by the LMS Selection Advisory Committee which was comprised of faculty, students, and staff, based on extensive feedback from students and faculty over the course of many town-hall-style meetings, surveys, and other discussions regarding preferences in LMS options for the future. Canvas was the clear choice.

Canvas will better enable students and faculty to:

  • Have a more organized, consistent, and streamlined process for both teaching and learning.
  • Utilize technology to better enable Ithaca to reach our core values of Academic Excellence and Innovation.
  • Aid in the cultivation and activation of critical thinking, scholarly inquiry, professional skills, and performance to positively impact, sustain, and advance our local and global communities.
  • Work from mobile devices via seamless mobile interfaces and dedicated iOS and Android apps, enabling students to access their learning in flexible ways.

To access Canvas from a web browser visit apps.ithaca.edu or canvas.ithaca.edu. For a complete list of resources, guides, and video tutorials to support faculty in navigating and preparing to teach in Canvas please visit Ithaca College’s dedicated Canvas space for faculty Canvas Resources @ IC.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the selection and implementation process over the past 10 months.  Your work and dedication was instrumental to making this effort a success.  Canvas helps position us well for our work together in the years to come.


La Jerne Terry Cornish, Provost and Executive Vice President
David Weil, Chief Information Officer

The faculty, staff, and students of the LMS Governance and Executive Committees:

  • Matt Clauhs, Assistant Professor, School of Music (exec committee co-chair)
  • Jenna Linskens, Director, Learning & Innovative Technologies (exec committee co-chair)
  • Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, Associate Provost, Academic Programs
  • Casey Kendall, Executive Director, Applications & Infrastructure
  • Gordon Rowland, Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
  • John Barr, Professor, School of Humanities & Sciences
  • John Vongas, Assistant Professor, School of Business
  • Joseph Ungco, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences & Human Performance
  • Brendan Murday, Associate Dean, School of Humanities & Sciences
  • Candace Receno, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences & Human Performance
  • Amie Germain, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences & Human Performance
  • Dennis Charsky, Associate Professor, Park School of Communications, CMD Program Director
  • Valerie Ober, Adaptive Technology Specialist, Student Accessibility Services
  • Ian Moore, Manager, Student Accessibility Services
  • Benjamin Rochford, Assistant Professor, School of Music
  • Brad Hougham, Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs
  • Gary Wells, Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Sciences
  • Marilyn Dispensa, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Olivia Shultis, Class of 2023, School of Business
  • Deonate Guy, Class of 2023, School of Humanities & Sciences, SGC President
  • Micky Akers-Coville, Business Intelligence & Data Specialist, Information Technology

Additional details regarding the implementation of Canvas including engagement opportunities, project updates, and the timeline to full implementation can be found on the pages within this website or by clicking on any of the cards below. 

Frequent updates from the LMS Implementation Team including the status of the project, next steps, and action items.
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Project Timeline
The LMS implementation project is divided into four phases. Read about the goals of each phase, what is happening and when.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Read through the most frequently asked questions about the LMS project. Have a question? Submit it through the Inquiry Form.
Engagement Opportunities
Explore the opportunities available to learn more about Canvas, IC's new learning management system.
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