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It is helpful to read about how the different universities ended up choosing to work with Canvas. Here is the report from The Ohio State University ( and ( that talks about their process.

They chose Canvas over Blackboard and D2L. It specifically says:

In the surveys and subsequent committee deliberations, Canvas stood out as superior in every feature, except for recording and calculating grades; and was rated by committee members far above both Blackboard and D2L on ease of use and clarity of interface throughout, inspiring prospects for teaching and learning, functionality on mobile devices, collaboration and communication features, and overall integration.

That is from 2015, and they are just now fully implementing it in 2017. The Georgia Tech research said basically the same thing. Its like a 2 year process for these schools to choose to use Canvas, so once they actually do, it definitely won't be easy to switch. I actually don't think they can without starting another two year process. I would put the fear of canceling or refunds at almost zero.

My questions:

How many universities are already in the middle of this two year search period and will be committing to Canvas in the next 24 months?

A two year sales process is extremely slow, but how fast does recurring income make up for it?

Does it take that long of an evaluation process to choose Bridge for corporate clients?

A little more digging led me to this article about how the University of Missouri made the switch in 2015-2016 from Blackboard to Canvas. (

Some highlights:
Financial Analysis
Canvas is the least expensive at $12.16 per student, followed by Brightspace at $13.62 per student, and then Blackboard at $17.17 per student. Without including conversion costs, moving to any of the options will likely save us money over our current locally hosted instance of Blackboard, with Canvas possibly saving us the most over a five year period.

Faculty Survey: Choice of Preferred LMS?
Canvas 89%
Blackboard 10%

Total costs for a conversion:
Temporary Additional Staff Members
Estimated Canvas license and hosting for two years.
This would be in addition to hosting Blackboard during that same time period of conversion, and could be funded out of one time monies available in the MU Information Technology Fund reserve fund.

Total $1,003,014

The University of Missouri has 30,000 students (as of 1/2015). Their pricing shows $272,000 per year for the base system on a five-year contract. Total contract: $1,361,145 .
When you add in annual support costs and other premium features, they agreed to a five-year contract worth $1,875,875 ($375,175/year)

This came in cheaper than D2L ($2,101,545) and Blackboard ($2,650,300) and the faculty (unaware of the pricing) actually preferred it 9 to 1 over Blackboard.

Hope some of this helps. I do recommend reading the University of Missouri report.

It seems that people like it better, it is cheaper, and it is sold in five-year contracts. Looks good from here.
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