Canvas: Frequently Asked Questions
On this page we have answers to a lot of the questions relating to Canvas.
- Announcement: eLearning to Instructure's Canvas, 2012
- What is Canvas?
- Canvas: Why, What, and When
- Canvas Access
- Migration Timeline
- Migration to Canvas
- Student Popluation
- Canvas Support
- Updates and Information on Canvas
- Some exciting features of Canvas
Southern Utah University, in connection with the Utah System of Higher Education Consortium, has adopted Instructure Canvas as its new learning management system. Canvas will replace eLearning as the system for hosting online learning activities and course content. All courses currently hosted in eLearning will be moved to Instructure Canvas by July 1, 2012.
- Read the SUU Press Release.
Canvas is a LMS product created by Instructure. Please visit their site for more information: http://canvas.instructure.com*
Additional sources and information on Canvas can be found on our Guides, Tutorials and URL's page.
We currently use Blackboard Learning System CE 8 for our eLearning Learning Management System (LMS). This was originally called WebCT CE 6. Blackboard acquired WebCT soon after we had renewed our LMS license. Due to the merger it was obvious that Blackboard would discontinue our LMS and its support.
In August 2012, all support, system updates and security patches will be discontinued for our LMS. The UEN Consortium received the same news as they hosted WebCT Vista for several Utah Higher Education institutions.
SUU joined with the UEN Consortium in the search for a new LMS. After months of review, Instructure was awarded the RFP by the Consortium for the product called Canvas. It was also decided that SUU would officially join the UEN Consortium in December 2010. This means that UEN will host Canvas for cost savings, expanded support and server maintenance factors.
This will be the first time that all universities/colleges will have UEN host their LMS. This is a large undertaking for UEN as they set up servers, and integrate the Canvas with each institution's SIS. We have been told that the UEN severs will be active on May 1st.
In the meantime, Instructure has set up institutional accounts on their server for consortium members to use as temporary migration server.
What this means for SUU is that we can migrate our Fall 2011 courses over to Canvas while UEN sets up the consortium servers and integration to our Banner system. We may not be able to teach from that server, but we can have Fall prepped in advance.
In a lengthy evaluation process by UEN and SUU, Canvas received the highest approval from faculty and students and met the state's evaluation criteria better than any of the other available options.
Currently we have a temporary migration server hosted by Instructure at: http://suu.instructure.com*. This non-teaching server is a location where you can migrate and prepare your courses to be taught in the Fall. Once the UEN hosted system is available, on May 1st, the shells will be moved over to the permanent server. We have +1000 course shells in eLearning, we are asking faculty to let us know if they want to 1) migrate existing content, or 2) what courses they want to build from scratch.
*Please do not request a free instructor account at http://canvas.instructure.com, as any work you do there will not be transferred to UEN's hosted version of Canvas once it becomes available.
We have a Canvas course shell request form -separate from the eLearning shell request form - where you can request a shell for the courses you will be teaching. We currently ask that you be patient with us in giving access to your requests, as we need to prioritize shell creation for courses offered in Fall 2011.
A Public Sandbox account is available to explore. Please contact the IMIC to gain access.
If you want to begin the migration process of your eLearning courses or build a new course from scratch on the Migration Server, you can do so. Go to our Canvas Course Shell Request form and fill it out: http://suu.edu/imic/reqCanvasshell.asp. Since we have +1000 courses to migrate/create, please be patient in waiting for your shell to be created. Shell creation is manually performed. You will get an email notification as it becomes available.
There are multiple ways to migrate your content from eLearning to Canvas. Instructure has built a migration wizard tool that will retrieve your content from eLearning. Please consult the IMIC before using this tool. The second way is to manually move content from eLearning to Canvas. This is the best way to migrate courses that need a lot of cleanup before using again.
Canvas will have a new integration into Banner. This means that as an instructor you will no longer need to populate your students into your courses with Canvas. The system which will communicate between Canvas and Banner will populate your course shell for you. Sections still offered in eLearning will still require faculty to submit a course population request.
The IMIC will also be the center for support and assistance for all SUU Faculty, Staff, and Students using Canvas. As we get closer to the start of the Fall semester we will send out information and details regarding the call center for Canvas support. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
The IMIC is committed in keeping you updated on the migration process and introducing you to Instructure Canvas. At this website you will also find resources to help you learn and use Canvas.
Canvas Guides and Tutorials
The IMIC is currently working with UEN consortium members and creating unique to SUU guides and tutorials to assist you in your Canvas endeavors. You will be able to access these media materials on our Info Depot page as well as tips and important information via our Blog.
- Significantly faster tools for grading.
- Notification options for faculty and students using Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more.
- Integration with Google docs.
- Wikis, RSS feeds, web conferencing integrations, and more.
- Works on any modern browser, including mobile browsers. Mobile apps are forthcoming.
- Easy you-tube-like tools for posting video, available to faculty and students.
- One-click recording and posting of webcam video, available to faculty and students.
- Clean, intuitive user interface, featuring drag and drop usability throughout.
- Rapid migration tool for pulling content (including quizzes and assignments) from eLearning.
- Gold Star Certification for accessibility from the National Federation for the Blind.
- And much more.
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