As we near the end of the semester, there is exciting and helpful news from the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) support team. Adoption of Canvas by faculty who use an LMS is at an all-time high of 92 percent. Uploads and traffic have been record-breaking and the inaugural Spring Into Canvas: Instructor Poster Session on April 24, 2015 was a fun, informative event. Many of us enjoyed the session which included learning, collaboration, and the opportunity to see innovative ways people are using Canvas to enhance teaching and learning here at UT Austin.
Here is just one cool example: Cindy Fisher , Learning Technologies Librarian, showed us how to search the UT Libraries collection from within a Canvas course using the Research Tools sidebar. Also based on a courses prefix in Canvas, students can view and connect with the Librarian for their courses subject area. Cindy says that these two, easy-to-use features built into Canvas have dramatically increased the volume of resources accessed at UT Libraries. Wow. If you weren’t able to attend, feel free to view the presentations on the event website .
The Canvas team also has these tips:
- For those wanting in-person help during this busy end-of-the-semester rush, a new expanded schedule for office hours is available on the Canvas Training Center website . One-on-one consultations can also be scheduled with a Canvas Specialist.
- Before submitting final grades in Canvas, an initial setup is required. Once this one time setup is complete, there are two easy-to-use and straightforward methods for submitting grades. Step-by-step instructions are available in this online tutorial .
- A new Twitter account – @UTCanvas is available for learning about training opportunities, special events, educational technology news, and the latest updates to Canvas.
- Blackboard, UT Austins legacy LMS, will be permanently retired on August 31, 2015. All content to be retained from Blackboard must be downloaded or migrated before September 1, 2015. As of May 2, 2015 all new courses on campus using an LMS are being created in Canvas. Faculty can use this online guide for information on transitioning course content from Blackboard to Canvas.
.Finally, in order to better support students and instructor and better meet their needs, the Canvas team is conducting a survey . It takes about 5 minutes and responses will help guide both development and support. Please pass this information on so we can gather as much feedback as possible.
For more general information, please visit http://canvas.utexas.edu .