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More info:
* CANS User Experience
updated 2/2/09
* CANS Installation Guide
updated 12/5/08
* Activity Monitor User Guide
updated 11/28/08
* Sakai-VT presentation
updated 11/11/08
* CANS project handout
updated 11/6/08
* Activity Notice Help page
updated 8/6/08
* Presentation: Intro to CANS
posted 4/6/07
* Future CANS
posted 4/5/07
* Download FIPSE-CANS presentation poster
[PDF, 42"Wx35"H, 11MB]
posted 2/19/07
* Download CANS diagram
[PDF, 792Wx612H, 788KB]
posted 2/19/07
* Welcome to CANS Design Project Website

About CANS Design Project...
The CANS Design Project, as part of FIPSE-CANS project, aims at designing a social navigation system within the Sakai LMS for supporting active and social online teaching and learning.

CANS diagram

About CANS...
The CANS, Context-aware Activity Notification System, is an external notification system being used with the Sakai learning management system. This innovative, integrated system improves the processes and quality of online education by providing activity awareness information within context. For more information about the CANS, visit

FIPSE Support for CANS...
CANS diagram The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with partners at the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, has been awarded a three-year grant (2007-2009) to advance the use of CANS and evaluate the impact of its use upon teaching and learning experiences and practices by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the United States Department of Education.

    FIPSE-CANS Project Objectives:
  • Develop a method for context awareness that is easy to use by LMS users
  • Evaluate the impact of this method upon learning experiences and practices
  • Advance new knowledge about contextual and social nature of learning online

The contents of this website were partially developed under a grant from the Fund for the FIPSE. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.