Learning Technology Environment Renewal

The Learning Technology Environment (LTE) Renewal project encompasses 1) a high-level consultation with UBC faculty and students to determine the requirements for the learning management system that will be replacing Connect, 2) a detailed evaluation of two possible systems to replace Connect, and 3) the implementation of the chosen system, Canvas.

You can read the LTE Renewal team’s recent project updates, view the project timeline, and contact the project team in this section of the LT Hub website. For more information about Canvas and UBC’s transition to the new platform—including an FAQ and a list of available training and support resources—please visit our Canvas website for instructors, Canvas at UBC.

Project Overview

In the 2016/17 academic year, the LTE Renewal team consulted university-wide to collect and analyze what is required in UBC’s Learning Technology Environment to better support teaching and learning. These results were used to select Canvas, the application that will sit at the core of our environment. This project is driven by the vision and principles stated in the LTEP project [PDF].


In order to achieve this vision, requirements were collected, analyzed, and evaluated through a needs assessment phase and then checked against two existing systems during the evaluation phase.

During the first phase, the needs assessment phase, faculty and students engaged with their peers and facilitated discussions on the future of learning at UBC. Information from this phase was used to inform the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which resulted in the selection of two vendors to participate in the evaluation phase: Canvas by Instructure and Brightspace by Desire2Learn.

In phase two, the evaluation phase, both systems were evaluated by faculty, staff, and students through pilot courses and sandbox/usability testing. Information from this phase compared with data from the first phase informed the decision to select Canvas as the replacement for Connect.

With this process, we will now implement a new environment that we believe:

  • Emphasizes teaching and learning over the technology that delivers it
  • Was chosen through faculty and students consulting with their peers
  • Includes input from all stakeholders, putting the needs of faculty and students first