The Next LMS Initiative

The Results of a Successful Search

After nearly a year long search, Northeastern selected Canvas as its next LMS and is fully transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas for fall 2020.

Initial research, and feedback from the Northeastern community, revealed that Canvas has the ability to support a university of Northeastern’s size and the needs of all of its campuses and learners.  

Feedback from faculty, students, and staff as well as the university’s Learning Management Environment Steering Committee (LMESC) provided important insights into how the Canvas pilot experience measures up against personal and institutional teaching and learning goals. The results were enthusiastic: Canvas and its mobile-first, global support—including a mobile calendar, anytime-anywhere collaboration, upcoming Teams integration, and more—is the right fit.

Transition Timeline

Canvas is the new Learning Management for Northeastern. Some colleges may have specific plans for transitioning to Canvas. For any questions on college-specific transition processes, please check with your college.

Stay in-the-know about each Canvas phase at Northeastern with university wide adoption by fall 2020.

Spring 2020

  • Expanded pilot 

  • Faculty training and outreach 

  • Integration development 

  • Course migrations 

Summer 2020

  • Summer courses in Canvas, strongly encouraged 

  • Continued faculty training and outreach 

  • Course migrations for fall 2020 

  • Workshops 

Fall 2020

  • All courses in Canvas
  • Blackboard courses archived

Summary of the Pilot Phase

As part of the search for a modern new learning management system that will enable the customized teaching and learning envisioned in Northeastern 2025, the university conducted pilots of Canvas during the fall 2019 semester, which continued through spring 2020.

During the pilots, all student and faculty participants had ample opportunities to consult with members of the next LMS transition team, to provide feedback, and to make recommendations on whether they believe Canvas is the right fit for Northeastern’s next LMS. Pilot feedback and results were critical to the selection of Canvas as the next LMS and to preparations for this transition.

A Northeastern Canvas environment is available for students and faculty participating in the pilots, as well as other university community members who would like to explore the platform at its simplest, most out-of-the-box form. Log in using your myNortheastern username and password.









The Pilots by the Numbers

Spring 2020




Fall 2019




Participating Faculty

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Christina Agostinelli-Fucile
Julie Baer
Monica Canavan
Daniel Cuenca
Laurie Edwards
Peter Fraunholtz
Carolin Fuchs
Nicole Keller
Kathleen Kelly
Matt Lee
Karin Maxey
Jack McDevitt
Ted Moss
Tania Muino
Cecelia Musselman
Laurie Nardone
Matthew Noonan
Isabel Sobral Campos
Claudia Sokol
Alessio Tognetti
Kumiko Tsuji
Vanessa Wei
Boris Yelin

Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Ghita Amor-Tijani
Meredith Bittrich
Tamara Bonaci
Karl Lieberherr
Kathleen Durant
Bethany Edmunds
Abigail Evans
Maria Jump
Amit Shesh
Adrienne Slaughter
Vidoje Mihajlovikj
Mike Weintraub

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Dick Andersen
Pranav Ashish Moghe
Katherine Ashley
Shawn Bhimani
Carolyn Boviard
Gunther Elias
Jerome Gates
Richard Herron
Yael Karlinsky Shichor
Barbara Larson
Ashish Mahendra Kothari
Paulette McCarty
Cheryl Mitteness
Vincent Muscolino
Tony Nardone
Peggy O’Kelly
Sven Olson
James Rafferty
William Shimer
Rachel Stewart
Fernando Suarez
Richard Wargo

College of Science

Erica Homan
Rita Kaderian
Dessy Raytcheva
Srinivas Sridhar
Meredith Sweeney
Anne Van De Ven-Moloney

College of Engineering

Cheryl Arruda
Duncan Davis
Michael Kane
Constantine Mukasa
Gunar Schirner
Devesh Tiwari

College of Arts, Media and Design

Mike Beaudet
Katherine Chan
Myo Chung
Pedro Cruz
Meg Heckman
Emily Hornsby
William Jackson
Robin James
Dan Kennedy
Jessica Kurr
Katherine Lind
Dori Mazor
Byrd McDaniel
Ann McDonald
Joseph Reagle
Brian Robison
Joseph Schwartz
David Tames

Bouve College of Health Sciences

Michael Gonyeau
Maura Iversen
Nicole Laffan
Sara Panahi
Jenny Van Amburgh
Paula Braga-Kenyon
Nicole Davis
Laura Dudley
Jessica Hoffman
Ashley Williams
Andrew Andraos

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