Goodbye, Blackboard … Hello, Canvas!
Starting Summer 2018 all courses will be on Canvas.
So far the move to Canvas has exceeded our expectations. We had 63 LTU faculty volunteer to use Canvas this spring, and the feedback from both faculty and students has been overwhelmingly positive. We are grateful to these faculty for helping us address any issues now so we can have a smooth full implementation this summer. Here is the plan for the final phase of LTU’s move to Canvas.
Access to Canvas & Demo/Test Sites
- All full-time faculty have a Canvas demo site to experiment and learn Canvas features
- To log into Canvas, go to http://lawrencetech.instructure.com/ and use your LTU campus/network credentials (Same as you currently use for Blackboard).
- The LTU Canvas template will be automatically loaded for your Canvas sites. eLearning can help you make any needed changes/modification to the template, but it includes pre-built features that will make it easier to get your classes going.
Canvas Training & Support
- We’ve developed a Canvas Training site for faculty found here: https://lawrencetech.instructure.com/courses/573. It will introduce you to Canvas, the LTU template and guide you through common Canvas features like adding an assignment, posting an announcement and taking attendance via the Canvas seating chart (a popular feature this spring)
- We will have walk-in support sessions in C202 (helpdesk area) throughout February, March and April. Here is a link to the calendar showing the days and time we will be in C202 to help faculty with questions, features and moving course material from Blackboard to Canvas - https://goo.gl/Lnzr8d eLearning is happy to meet with you at other times. Just let us know how we can help.
Conversion of Blackboard Material
- Spring 2017 is the last term on Blackboard. Starting June 6 all access to Blackboard will be gone so it is VITAL that you save any files and content from Blackboard this Spring. Course materials, grades and samples of student work (especially important for Assessment Committee reports) need to be exported and saved.
- If you have a Blackboard development site where you store files and materials, you’ll need to export the Organization so you have the files.
- IT & eLearning are working on how to approach Blackboard Organizations. We are in the process of reaching out to the leaders of each Org to determine the best tool moving forward
Thanks for all you do here at LTU!