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Why Canvas?

Canvas logoFollowing a process led by the Academic Technology & Learning Committee, and approval by the Academic Senate, Stan State will begin the transition of its primary LMS from Blackboard to Canvas starting Summer 2020. The two systems will run alongside one another during Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring, with Canvas, fully implemented next Summer 2021. Blackboard will not be available for live courses after Spring 2021. Canvas will position Stan State for the future by supporting its pedagogical needs, mobile features, and complying with accessibility requirements. For a quick Canvas overview, view the Instructor video. You can also learn more about the Gradebook (video) and the Speedgrader (video) tools.

Timeline

Beginning in Summer 2020, faculty can choose to teach with Canvas or Blackboard. Starting in Summer 2021, only Canvas will be available.

You do NOT need to request a Canvas Shell to use Summer 2021 for teaching. All course shells will be added to Canvas & Blackboard in the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. You choose which LMS you want to use and inform your students of your choice. You can safely ignore the course shell you are not using.

Timeline Table

Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Blackboard & Canvas Blackboard & Canvas Blackboard & Canvas Blackboard & Canvas Only Canvas

Canvas Release Notes

Canvas is an LMS created and managed by Instructure.com and they perform regular updates and enhancements to Canvas monthly. The Release Notes are available for anyone to see.

Submit a Feature Idea

Canvas is a LMS created and managed by Instructure.com. If you have ideas for changes, improvements and fixes, please send them to Instructure so that they can review your request and possibly make changes to the LMS.

3rd Party Tools

All 3rd-party tools available in Blackboard (or their equivalent) will be in Canvas eventually. Please be aware of the resources that are not yet available within Canvas this summer. Check here for updates, since more 3rd-party tools are being integrated regularly.

Available 3rd party tools within Canvas:

  • iClicker Registration
  • Turnitin
  • Office 365
  • Google Drive
  • Zoom
  • Blog (Canvas discussion)
  • Journal (Canvas discussion)\
  • McGraw-Hill Campus/Connect
  • VoiceThread
  • Wiki (Canvas page)
  • YouTube
  • Zoom Meetings

Not available yet:

  • Alexander Street Videos
  • Class Climate surveys
  • Credo
  • Labster
  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Pearson
  • Microsoft Teams Meetings

Not available in Canvas:

  • Hotspot question type

Sandbox

Beginning in Summer 2020, "sandbox" shells will be created for each instructor within the "Sandbox" sub-account (folder) on our Canvas site. These are available for you to try out various features of Canvas without needing to use a real course. Sandbox courses can be reset to their default layout at any time and sandbox content can easily be imported into a live course with only a few clicks.

Support

We recognize that this effort will require time and energy, and we will provide support to ease the transition. Thank you in advance for your support in this campus-wide endeavor. During this time, the Office of Academic Technology will provide online resources, workshops, face-to-face consultations, synchronous video consultations, email, and phone support. Additionally, instructors and students will also have 24/7 email/phone support by Instructure (Canvas) and automated migration of Blackboard courses into Canvas.

Please email oat@csustan.edu if you have any migration questions, questions about Canvas, or general questions about the LMS at Stan State.