Canvas Statewide Consortium

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Nebraska’s Canvas Consortium

Starting in June of 2020, the NDE announced it had entered into a contract with Instructure to provide its Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to all Nebraska public and non-public schools and districts. At the time of the announcement Canvas was already the most widely used LMS in Nebraska’s K – 12 schools and districts through a statewide contract. Canvas is also the current learning management system for Nebraska’s universities and many of its state colleges. It is a collaborative platform used to manage online learning—including reporting, resource-sharing, grading, feedback, discussions, content creation, outcomes and tasks. An LMS simplifies teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. For more information about LMS’s in general check out this PDF “Why a Learning Management System is Useful

About the Nebraska Statewide Contract

For interested schools and districts, the statewide contract is for 3 years and offers 24/7 Tier 1 technical support from Canvas as well as access to the 24/7 training portal for staff. Schools and districts will also have access to local trainers and local help desk ticketing system for additional support during the contract. Currently, all implementation fees and other fees will be covered by the NDE and the annual seat license cost for the district is $3.00 per user (includes both staff and student seats). For answers to other common questions a district or school may have about Nebraska’s Canvas Consortium, please refer to this FAQ’s Document. If you have other questions please contact, Dorann Avey via email at dorann.avey@nebraska.gov.

2020 – 2021 School year sign up opportunities

There will be 2 opportunities to sign-up to participate in Nebraska’s Canvas Consortium during the 2020 – 2021 school year. Following this first year, sign-up will be offered annually only with sign-up opening in March each year. Districts or schools that currently are in a Canvas contract will need to wait until their current contract expires before they can sign-up to join the Nebraska Canvas Consortium. A district that chooses to sign-up will be committed for the time remaining in the contract. The current contract statewide contract with Canvas will expire in June 2023.

OPPORTUNITY #1 SIGN UP/ANNUAL RENEWALS due by June 30, 2020

  • Sign up begins in June 2020
  • Implementation begins July 13 for Cohort 1, July 20 for Cohort 2
  • Implementation/Set-up is a 6 week process, includes weekly meetings with Canvas team members who work with your staff to build out your instance and integrate with other district systems and platforms
  • Staff training will be available once your system is set up and you have completed implementation and set-up of your Canvas instance

OPPORTUNITY #2 SIGN UP due by September 25, 2020.

  • Sign up begins in September 1, 2020 and the link can be accessed below on that date
  • Implementation begins around October 19, this will be finalized once we know how many will be participating
  • Implementation/Set-up is a 6 week process, includes weekly meetings with Canvas team members who work with your staff to build out your instance and integrate with other district systems and platforms
  • Staff training will be available once your system is set up and you have completed implementation and set-up of your Canvas instance

Is you district looking to sign-up for the September 2020 implementation!

Available beginning September 1, 2020

The next implementation process after September 2020 will begin in March of 2021. A more detailed timeline will be placed here as we get closer to March.

Next Steps

After completing the NDE Canvas sign-up form, Canvas will contact each NEW district/school to begin the 6 week process of implementation with district leaders and technology staff. Below is the topics that will be covered each week. These 6 weeks are focused on backend creation of the Canvas instance and should be completed by district leadership and technical support teams. Teacher and staff training is not included during this part of the implementation.

To start the process, Canvas will email each participating district or school’s indicated contact person a Google Form to collect information Canvas needs to prepare for the 6 week implementation process they will be doing with each district. The Google form will ask many technical questions so it is advised that you also include your technology staff when completing the Google Form. Here is a link to a video that goes through that Google form so you can see the questions before you begin:

Canvas Video

New to Canvas districts/schools MUST fill this form as soon as possible in order to begin the work of creating the district/school’s Canvas instance. There may be multiple cohorts of districts/schools completing this process so the sooner we have the information gathered the sooner districts/school can get started on the implementation process with your team.

Once your Canvas instance is implemented and running, district/schools can request training for staff. A district MUST have an implemented Canvas system before they can schedule any local training.

Updated September 8, 2020 3:07pm