The Value Proposition Canvas: Evaluating “Canvas,” a University Course Platform

Perhaps one of the most interesting realizations during this exercise was that Canvas, which was designed to unify courses and is now being implemented with increasing uniformity across universities in the Greater Boston area, cannot provide combined class lists for cross-registrants taking courses at different universities — even if those universities are all using Canvas. I am a Fletcher student cross-registered at the Kennedy school. Three of my courses at listed on Fletcher’s Canvas site and the fourth is listed on Harvard’s Canvas site. The only difference between these is that the top left hand corner of the home screen on my own institutions’ Canvas page has its signature orange flag logo, while Harvard’s displays a crimson crest. I have to sign on to each individually and cannot toggle between the two.

The value proposition revealed that Canvas’ greatest benefit is its ability to save valuable student time by organizing course information and resources, which it achieves by providing a single location to access these materials. Enabling students to do this across universities that are already all using Canvas and have cross-registrant partnership agreements seems like a sensible next step.

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