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Blackboard to Canvas Transition

What you need to know NOW:

 

Learn Canvas


Canvas at VCU
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Canvas is a Learning Management System that is robust, intuitive, and cloud-based. Canvas streamlines all the digital tools and content that instructors and students need, for a simpler and more connected learning experience.




VCU Frequently Asked Questions

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  New and updated FAQs for 2021!

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       Canvas FAQs

 ( https://learningsystems.vcu.edu/canvas/faqs/ )

 



SUPPORT, RESOURCES and TRAINING

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 Training for Faculty Available!
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VCU 24/7 SUPPORT FOR CANVAS
Canvas Support Hotline: 1 (877) 636-1744          
Canvas Support Portal - VCU access instructions
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INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES OTHER RESOURCES

Subscribe: VCU Learning Systems blog
VCU TS Training Site (keyword "Canvas")
Recordings
from VCU Training Sessions
Instructor VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
VCU Online - Instructional Designers and Consultants
The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence - CTLE
Instructor Guides (Instructure Community Site)
Instructor Canvas Training Portal
VCU Faculty Guide - Getting Started in 10 Easy Steps

 

Canvas Guides
Accessibility Information
Student VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
Student Canvas Video Library
Canvas Student Guides
Computer and Browser Requirements
Mobile Requirements and Guides
VCU Student Guide - Getting Started in 10 Easy Steps


VCU Online Expanded Open Office Hours for  Faculty

Everything you need in one place:
Pack Your Blackboard Bags; VCU is Moving to Canvas

 

 

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Third Party Tool Integration Request FormCanvas supports LTI which allows third party tools to be easily integrated and used within Canvas. Complete all fields in the form and submit your request to begin the review and approval process. More information about integrated tools can be found at the top of the request form. Please note that new tool requests will not be reviewed until after July 31st, 2021, due to resources being focused on finalizing the transition from Blackboard to Canvas. 

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TRAINING

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Training Level: BASIC


The Basics: Creating Your First Course in Canvas
Sponsored by Learning Systems and VCU Online, this training session will take you through the steps of creating a course in Canvas. Learn the basic features, settings and content options. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Mar 25, 1:00-2:00pm

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Training Level: INTERMEDIATE


Blackboard-to-Canvas Course Imports

Sponsored by Learning Systems and VCU Online, this training session will explain how to import your course content from Blackboard into your Canvas course(s). Don't forget that Blackboard will no longer be available after May 31st, 2021, so join this session to get your courses ready in Canvas before the deadline. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Mar 4, 10:00-11:00am

Canvas BE AWARES! Common mistakes in Canvas
Sponsored by VCU Online and Learning Systems, this training session will dive into common mistakes made in Canvas and how to avoid them. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * May 19, 10:00-11:00am

Accessibility/ADA in Canvas
Sponsored by VCU Online and Learning Systems, this session will provide an overview of accessibility in online courses and steps you can take to ensure your courses are compliant. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Apr 7, 1:00-2:00pm

Assignments, Quizzes & Grading in Canvas
Sponsored by Learning Systems and VCU Online, this training will include an overview of assignment and quiz types and how to create, manage and grade them in Canvas. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Apr 21, 1:00-2:00pm

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Training Level: ADVANCED


Advanced Gradebook, Assignments, and Quizzes 
In order to provide the most thorough and beneficial information for this gradebook session, a Canvas Learning Specialist from Instructure will lead this training. The gradebook is a critical part of your course and this 3-hour session will provide a deep dive into advanced features, and how to utilize these with assignments, quizzes and other graded items. The presenter will also answer and discuss questions from attendees. Each hour of the training covers different, but related  topics.  You may attend any portion of the training or the entire 3 hours. An hourly agenda is available at the link below.  This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. This training is sponsored by VCU Learning Systems and VCU Online. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the sessions via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Feb 25, 9:00am-12:00pm 
 * Hourly Agenda
 

Canvas Enrollments, Sections & Cross-Listing
Sponsored by Learning Systems and VCU Online, this training will provide an overview of how students are enrolled in Canvas courses and how course sections can be merged into one Canvas course. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * May 21, 10:00-11:00am

Installing & Using Third-party Tool Integrations in Canvas
Sponsored by Learning Systems and VCU Online, this training will demonstrate how to install and use third-party tool integrations in Canvas. (Content from publishers, curricula-specific materials, interactive content, quiz builders and more.) This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Apr 29, 1:00-2:00pm

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Training Type: PEDAGOGY


Best Practices in Online Teaching plus Canvas Tool Highlights

Sponsored by Learning Systems and VCU Online, this training session will cover best practices for teaching online with Canvas, and will highlight some of the most effective tools in Canvas. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Mar 24, 1:00-2:00pm

Canvas Faculty Showcase
This event, sponsored by VCU Online, VCU Academic Technologies and the CTLE, provides an opportunity for faculty who have been working in Canvas to share successes and ideas for best practices in using Canvas for teaching. The event is open to faculty presenters as well as faculty who want to learn tricks of the trade. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Presenters and participants should register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Mar. 19, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm  - view the schedule of events

Large courses in Canvas
Sponsored by VCU Online and Learning Systems, this session will provide an overview of tools and techniques for deployment of materials and learning activities that foster engagement and improve retention, while keeping the demands of a larger class size in mind. This training is FREE and has NO cancellation penalty. Register at http://go.vcu.edu/_fba. Attend the session via Zoom at https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3556791109
 * Apr 15, 10:00-11:00am

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Training Type: DEPARTMENTAL


Request faculty training for your department
and we will customize the session to meet your needs. Submit a support request ticket at https://go.vcu.edu/itsupport and someone from the VCU Learning Systems team will contact you.


Critical Dates To Remember

  • When should you transfer your content out of Blackboard?  Before May 31, 2021
  • How long can you access content in Blackboard? Until 11:59pm May 31, 2021
  • When will Blackboard be removed from serviced? June 30, 2021


Deadline for having all content out of Blackboard is May 31, 2021

  • Blackboard content will NOT be available at all after May 31, 2021.

  • You will NOT be able to login to Blackboard after May 31, 2021.

  • Do not wait until you are ready to teach in Fall 2021 and beyond - you cannot view, copy or export any content from Blackboard.

  • How to import Blackboard content into Canvas

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Summer 2021 - All courses will use Canvas ONLY

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Blackboard Removed From Service

  • Preparations for the shutdown of Blackboard will begin after May 31, 2021

  • Blackboard will be removed from service on June 30, 2021.

June 30, 2021

Blackboard Removed From Service

 

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Canvas status updates will be posted regularly and can be found in the Learning System's blog at: https://blogs.vcu.edu/learning-systems

Information about VCU's decision to move from Blackboard to Canvas can be found here: History: Blackboard to Canvas at VCU

Visual timeline with details, can be found on the "Timeline" tab above.

 

 

Blackboard to Canvas Transition Timeline

 

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SUMMER - FALL 2019 

  • Evaluation of Learning Management System needs
  • Installation, configurations, testing, etc.
  • Pilot kickoff, teaching in Canvas limited to pilot participants


SPRING 2020

  • Teaching in Canvas: Courses taught during the pilot
  • Approval and procurement of Canvas
  • Created for all faculty: course shells, sandbox courses, "Growing with Canvas" course 
  • Critical Date: March 31, 2021 - Organization leaders MUST have all content exported from Blackboard.


SUMMER 2020

  • Teaching in Canvas:
    • New courses (not previously in Blackboard) teach in Canvas
    • Courses previously taught in Canvas
    • Early adopters
  • Support Resources in place:
    • VCU Canvas website
    • Learning Systems blog
    • Faculty consultations
    • Faculty training
    • VCU IT and support personnel training
    • Getting started articles in TS askIT knowledge base
    • 24x7 Support from Instructure (Canvas)
  • VCU course template available
  • Enrollmenrts - integration with Banner

FALL 2020

  • Teaching in Canvas:
    • Courses previously taught in Canvas
    • New courses (not previously in Blackboard) 
    • Early adopters

SPRING 2021

  • Teaching in Canvas:
    • Open to all faculty
    • Courses previously taught in Canvas
    • New courses
    • Early adopters and others already using Canvas
    • Faculty who "opt-in" to teach in Canvas for Spring
    • Faculty who "opt-in" to transition courses before May 31, 2021 (highly recommended)

  • Critical Date: May 31, 2021 - Faculty MUST have all content exported from Blackboard


JUNE 2021

  • Teaching in Canvas:  All courses
  • System administration export of remaining Blackboard content
  • Critical Dates:
    • May 31, 2021 - All classes will use Canvas starting Summer 2021 (no courses will be taught in Blackboard after May 31, 2021)

    • June 30, 2021 - Blackboard removed from service and  no longer available

 

 

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