Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CANVAS Rollout - Staff Training Announced

The GSA Learning Resources team is very excited to launch Canvas to staff during the summer of 2017, and to students in Semester 1, 2017. 

The post is aimed at teaching staff: please be aware that from September 2017, all course material will be housed on Canvas. Blackboard will no longer be accessible to students, so you MUST use Canvas.

This means that you MUST prepare your courses in Canvas for the new academic year. But Never Fear! We are here to help! 

What To Expect in Canvas

Inside Canvas will see two versions of each of your courses -  titled OLD and NEW. The files from your 16/17 Blackboard course(s) are in the 'OLD' course. The NEW course uses the best and most relevant features of the Canvas platform for the GSA. Your role is to move any of the content that is in 'OLD'  that you want to use into the new course, and put it into a structure that works for you and your students (e.g. project, weeks, semesters or topics).

How Do I Get Started?

We will help you do all this. Sign up for a training slot - click here! 

https://doodle.com/poll/ra4s9ikt8ntg38yi  If you signed up via email and had confirmation of your space, you do not need to sign up again.

Prefer to do a self-paced tutorial and prepare your courses at your own time and place?  

We don’t recommend this option and we encourage you to come to a training session where Learning Technology staff will be there to help, but if you want to have a start on your own:

  1. Get your existing courses ready: go to the Canvas Self-Paced Tutorial for GSA staff. You will be prompted to log in using your normal GSA username and password. 
  2. Set up your profile: log in to Canvas, Click on Account and upload a picture of yourself, and enter profile information. Set your notification preferences.  Include social media if you’d like to.
  3. Create a new course: if you are teaching a course for the first time in Semester 1 of the 17/18 year please email the Learning Technology team at : LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk and they will set things up for you to create that new course.

Good luck! And remember - click on HELP in the bottom left menu item if you have any questions. Canvas support is available via live chat, telephone or email 24/7, 365 days a year.

Best wishes, and happy Canvassing....


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