Canvas UT Austin’s new, cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) has really taken off this semester. Our goal for the fall semester was to have 50% of all instructors using Canvas. As of August 28, 2014, we already surpassed this goal. 64% of all instructors and more than 44,000 students are now using Canvas as the LMS for their courses, which is outstanding!
Faculty and students using Canvas continue to benefit from features and updates ranging from improved grading efficiency with Speedgrader, to built-in Google Docs (UTmail) integration, and access to FREE mobile Canvas apps (iOS and Android). 24/7 help is available for faculty and students via phone, chat, and email
Over the summer, the Canvas project team combined staff from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and ITS conducted 54 workshops for close to 600 participants. 143 people took advantage of the twice weekly scheduled walk-in Office Hours to have their questions answered and issues resolved. Face-to-face workshops such as Intro to Canvas and Assignments & Gradebook are offered in addition to more advanced topics such as Moving Content from Blackboard and Course Design. A special Mediasite presentation of Intro to Canvas had over 25 live viewers and 205 on demand hits.
Special kudos go to Mario Guerra and Noah Stroehle in CTL–as well as project manager Dave Moss and Karyn Kondoff in ITS–for their collective leadership and commitment to providing outstanding support for our faculty.
The Canvas Project Team just sent their first email update for Fall 2014 which included useful information about training and support services , the opportunity to participate in a pilot for a new Plagiarism-Detection tool , and save-the-date news for Canvaspalooza, the Canvas Faculty Showcase, on October 22nd. Future updates will be posted to the Canvas News website.
Subscribe to the Canvas-update newsletter to learn about regularly scheduled feature enhancements and upgrades. You can also read past newsletters to about past updates and bug fixes. Good news is we are on track to complete our transition to Canvas by August 31, 2015, at which time Blackboard LMS will be retired.