In Blackboard users had to submit a ticket to the IT Support Center in order to have an organization created; this is no longer the case.
Organizations in Canvas are essentially the same thing as a course and work exactly the same way with the exception of enrollments. See the Adding Participants section below for more information.
In order to better streamline the process, we have designed a Google Form that can be filled out to auto-generate an Organization shell within Canvas.
In the Canvas Organization Request Form there are 2 options to be aware of:
1. Enable self-enrollment allows users to put themselves into the Organization at will.
2. Allow Public Index Visibility allows people to find the Organization in the “All Courses” -> “Browse More Courses” area of the Canvas dashboard.
Once the organization has been created, it is the leader's responsibility to enroll all of its members and maintain these enrollments. This can be done by following the Manually Enroll a User in your Course instructions.
The deadline to retrieve organization content from Blackboard was March 31, 2021; not to be confused the the deadline to retrieve course content on May 31, 2021. If for any reason you missed this deadline, please see the Blackboard Organization Deadline has Passed - What Now? page.
Note: Students cannot create organizations, and must have a VCU faculty or staff member sponsor the organization. The current leader of the organization must submit a request to have the organization restored from Blackboard. The Leader (or sponsor) must fill out the Organization Request Form (linked above) and then manually add the student to the organization as a Teacher (Leader.)