Examples of Innovation, Creativity and Collaboration with the Canvas Transition

Posted on: August 27, 2015


Great News! Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) becomes the University’s sole LMS next week, after Blackboard, UT Austins legacy LMS, is retired on August 31, 2015. It has been quite a multi-year journey!

To mark completion of this monumental transition, the Canvas Training and Support team–including staff from the Center for Teaching and Learning, Colleges and Schools, and Information Technology Services–has compiled some numbers which are impressive:

Support for Faculty, Staff and Students

  • Workshop participation (Aug 2013 July 2015): 1,696 faculty and staff
  • Office Hours attendance (Aug 2013 July 2015): 395 faculty and staff
  • One-on-One consultations (Oct 2014 July 2015): 180 faculty
  • Approximately 500 new students interacted with the Canvas team during new student orientations (Summer 2015)
  • ITS Help Desk Canvas-related inquiries 1,751 and
  • Instructure phone/chat/email inquiries 13,281 (Aug 2014 – Aug 2015)

Transition to Canvas

  • Total Course Migrations: 638 complete
  • Highest total number of students logging into Canvas in a given semester (Spring 2015): 45,528
  • Highest total number of courses in Canvas in a given semester (Spring 2015): 5,031

On Friday, September 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SAC, the 3rd annual fall Canvas Conference now called C2 will provide the opportunity for faculty to share tips, ideas, and experiences for using Canvas effectively in their courses. Please visit the conference site if you are interested in learning more, attending or participating. The 2014 conference was a fun, informative event. C2 2015 promises to be even better.

Many faculty members are using the Canvas website to gain valuable information, training, and tips on how Canvas enhances teaching and learning. In addition, UT Austin has contracted with Instructure, the company behind Canvas, to provide 24/7/365 phone/chat/email support for all UT faculty, staff, and students for the coming academic year. A new add-in to Canvas, available now, is Turnitin a plagiarism detection tool for faculty who choose to use such an application. Though there is some controversy over using technology to assess student writing, UT Austin selected Turnitin because it provides an established, enterprise-wide capability that can support an institution of our size and meet the needs of a wide range of faculty who do elect to use a plagiarism detection tool.

This week also held the opening celebration of the new Learning Commons. Located in the Perry-Castenada Library (PCL), the Learning Commons offers a state-of-the-art Media Lab, five Learning Labs, the University Writing Center, and expertise from UT Libraries professional staff. Please stop by to check it out when you are on that part of campus -its an amazing asset for our students.

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