UBC is pleased to announce that following extensive consultation and evaluation, the Canvas platform (by Instructure) has been selected as the replacement for Blackboard Learn [Connect].

Canvas is a system designed for mobile and will provide expanded capabilities as well as a more user-friendly interface for faculty, students and staff. (see for further details). Over the past two months, the project team has been working with Faculty leadership and local instructional support units to determine their preferred timeline for transition of courses and programs. First courses will be offered in Canvas this September, with all courses migrated to the new system by September 2018.

Getting started How do I get started?

Your course’s move to Canvas is dependent on your faculty’s migration timeline. For UBC Vancouver, please check in with your Faculty instructional support unit for more details. For UBCO, you can contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning for assistance in planning your migration. If you aren’t sure who to contact you can email and we can point you in the right direction. A link to the Canvas login page will be published here within the next few weeks - so check back frequently.

What tools can I use with this?

Canvas comes with numerous internal tools to expand your teaching options for courses. Among the most widely used are:

  • Speedgrader: Once you use SpeedGrader, you won’t know how you ever survived without it. Within one frame, you can view, score and provide audio, video or written feedback on submissions. Not only does it cut down on unnecessary steps and make grading faster, it provides built-in rubrics and learning outcomes, so you can focus on what really counts. And because grades are transferred automatically from SpeedGrader to the gradebook, you can use the time you save on data entry to provide even more student feedback.
  • Notification Preferences: For each type of course notification—announcements, due date changes, discussion replies, and more—you decide how and when you’re alerted. You can choose from email and text message or stay connected via Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Web services. You can also control how often you receive notifications, so important messages never fall through the cracks.
  • Syllabus: The syllabus area in Canvas allows instructors not only to post the content of their syllabus, but also displays an Assignments summary section displaying all assignments (Quizzes, Discussions, Assignments.
  • Conferences: Conferences are primarily used for virtual lectures, virtual office hours, and student groups. They can also be used to demonstrate technologies or troubleshoot technology issues online. Conferences can accommodate up to 50 people.
  • Conversations: Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. You can communicate with other people in your course at any time.
  • Chat: The Chat tool in Canvas allows students and teachers to interact in real time. Note: The Chat tool must be enabled at UBC before it can be used in Canvas courses.
  • Pages: All Canvas Pages are actually “wiki” pages! So the Pages feature serves the same function as a dedicated wiki tool. Benefits include revisions history and shared authoring between student and instructors.
  • Modules: Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, sections, or a different organizational structure. Modules essentially create a one-directional linear flow of what students should do in a course.
  • ePortfolios: Because ePortfolios are connected to the user Profiles and not a specific course, users can build an unlimited number of ePortfolios in which to collect and document their educational projects, submissions, experiences, and other work products. Users can keep ePortfolios private or share with other students, instructors, and/or future employers.

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Connect is also configured to work well with other UBC tools. Check back here this summer to see how UBC's vast ecosystem integrates with Canvas!

Available support What support is available?

Support and resources are provided at the Learning Technology Hub dropin, and individual instructional support units

At UBC Vancouver, professional development opportunities will be held at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, starting mid June 2017 and run throughout the year. A variety of training formats will be provided such as lunch’n’learns, open studios, the LT Hub, a Canvas Online Orientation for Faculty (launching mid July), and more. Please visit the events calendar for upcoming Canvas professional development workshops.

At UBC Okanagan, the Centre for Teaching and Learning is running workshops throughout July and August at locations across campus. Watch for hands-on workshops “Moving, creating, and re-creating your course in Canvas” and “Canvas Studio” drop-in sessions. The schedule is still being finalized, in response to each Faculty’s needs so check the CTL Events calendar for dates, times, and locations near you.

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