Spring Cleaning Connect

The Canvas platform (by Instructure) has been selected to replace Connect. To prepare for the transition of your course content to Canvas, we recommend that you complete the Spring Cleaning Connect course outlined below. This course will help you identify and remove unneeded content to prepare your courses for a smoother transition to Canvas.

The transition from Connect to Canvas is taking place gradually, with all courses being transitioned to Canvas by September 2018. If you will be continuing to teach courses in Connect during the 2017/18 academic year, the Spring Cleaning Connect course can help you organize and declutter your Connect modules. You, your co-instructors, and your students will save time when course content is organized logically and content is easy to find.

Check out the Canvas FAQ to learn more about Canvas and about the transition from Connect.

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Getting started How do I get started?

  1. Request a Spring Cleaning Connect course for each course you would like to review and reorganize by filling out/sending this email form with the requested information. The form will ask whether you want your spring cleaning course to be a blank sandbox shell or a copied course.
    1. If you want a blank sandbox, you can leave the "Course ID" field blank.
    2. If you want a copied course, please also identify in the form (Under Course ID) which course you would like us to copy in to your spring cleaning course for you. You can locate your course's course ID in Connect by entering the course, then clicking Customization > Properties in the navigation bar on the left and then checking the Course ID right under the name in the resulting page.
  2. Check your email to access your course.
  3. Review the 1-2-3 workflow (as shown below), and get started cleaning up Connect!

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Step 1: View your content

The pop-out Connect course map allows you to see your course content in Folder View. The folder view will be used to create a tiered list of all your course content, which you will use as you move through your Spring Cleaning Connect course. Seeing all your course content in one place will help you decide what to delete and what to keep.

How do I create a list of my course content?

A. Open your Spring Cleaning course in Connect.

B. Click the grey folder at the top of the course menu to open the folder view window.

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C. In the new window you have just opened, click the plus sign at the top-right corner of the folder window to expand your folders.<p>

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D. Select all the content, copy it to your clipboard, and paste it into a spreadsheet or Word document (right click + paste special/text). Select all (CTRL + A) and change the text colour to black so that it will be visible).

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Step 2: Delete Content

Using the list of course content you generated in Step 1, review all of the course materials you have uploaded to your course. Clean up your course by identifying and deleting any unnecessary, out-of-date content.

Please note that the transition to Canvas will be simpler if your course content is kept below 2 GB. You can check the file size of your course by selecting Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course > Export Package > Calculate Size.

What types of content can be moved to Canvas? What will I have to add to Canvas manually?

Transitioning from one Learning Management System to another isn’t a ‘one-to-one’ match. Your courses won’t transfer to Canvas exactly the way they appear Connect. You may find it easier to build some course components in Canvas from scratch.

In general, the makeup of a course can be divided into two distinct parts: “content” and “user activities.” For the most part, “content” from Connect will migrate successfully to Canvas, but “user activities” will not. User activities include things like access statistics, discussion posts, emails, quiz/survey attempts, grades, and blog posts.

The following types of Connect content tend to transition well to Canvas: <p><p>

Content Migration
• A Learning Module containing a collection of content items.<p><p>

• Assignments
• Quizzes/Surveys (in Quiz/Survey tools)
• Question pools<p><p>

• Discussion Forums
• Descriptions<p><p>

You may have trouble importing the following types of content into Canvas:<p> • Certain quiz questions
• Files with long names
• Internal links to other Connect course areas
• Links to Content Collection folders
• Groups tools<p>

For more information about transitioning to Canvas from Connect, please check out the Post-Migration Checklist and Cleanup guide.

Step 3: Reorganize Content

If you will be continuing to teach your course using Connect in 2017/18, take a moment to reflect on whether your content is organized in a way that is intuitive for students and your co-instructors.

If your course will be transitioned to Canvas in Winter 2017/18, consider what worked well in Connect and what you may want to add, remove, or reorganize in Canvas.

Available support What support is available?

At UBC Vancouver, your faculty’s Instructional Support Unit and the Learning Technology Hub are available to answer your questions about reorganizing your content in Connect and migrating your courses to Canvas. If you’re based at UBC Okanagan, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning at ctl.ubco@ubc.ca or 250-807-9293.