Canvas has been selected as the Learning Management System (LMS) system at BGSU. The Canvas product by Instructure will replace Blackboard.
The move to the Canvas LMS will be complete as of December 29, 2013 and faculty are encouraged to utilize Canvas (Rodney Rogers 4/26/13 message).
- Course shells for the Spring 2014 semester will be created during the week of December 9, 2013.
- A listing of BGSU Approved External Tools is available for reference. This listing represents tools that can be integrated into Canvas in order to enhance functionality. BGSU has worked with these software providers regarding criteria for the security of information being used by these applications. This listing continues to be developed and expanded. To request an LTI be evaluated for addition to the list, please complete this form.
- After December 29, 2013 Canvas will be used exclusively as BGSU's LMS and in order to be prepared for this date, all Blackboard users are asked to be aware that:
- any course content you have in the Blackboard LMS will remain accessible to you until December 29, 2013.
- any course content you would like to retain should transition prior to December 29, 2013.
- after December 29, 2013 access to Blackboard LMS content may be available on a limited basis.
Training opportunities are being offered in order to assist in the transition of materials from Blackboard to Canvas and to assist in learning how to utilize Canvas. The training sessions currently being offered are outlined below.
Canvas Transition Workshop - This workshop style course is set up to assist attendees with transitioning any remaining content from Blackboard courses into Canvas. As Blackboard will be closed in late December it is important to move all content out of the system as soon as possible. While this workshop will be treated as an open lab, users with a large amount of content or additional questions about Canvas are asked to arrive as early as possible. Anyone planning to attend a session is asked to please sign up at https://infopro.bgsu.edu/protected to help ensure that an appropriate number of Canvas experts are on hand for each workshop.
Introduction to LMS (Learning Management Systems) - This course will provide a basic foundation for individuals looking to begin offering content online to augment their in-person offerings. This course will focus on basic use of online tools, provide a basic overview of the options available in Canvas, and cover how students currently use Canvas. While this course will cover how to publish a course for student access, it should be followed by enrolling in a Canvas 101 course as a formal introduction to Canvas. To see session dates and times or to sign up for a session see: https://infopro.bgsu.edu/protected
Canvas 101 - Canvas Introduction – This training session provides the opportunity for personalized assistance in the transition to using Canvas. This course will provide a framework in using Canvas that will allow a user to begin the process of creating their courses in Canvas. To see session dates and times or to sign up for a session see: https://infopro.bgsu.edu/protected
Canvas 102 - Advanced Features - These training sessions are targeted to those who would like to explore the advanced features of Canvas. Sessions are designed for users who have begun to use Canvas and are ready to explore additional Canvas features that may enhance the learning and teaching experience. To see session dates and times or to sign up for a session see: https://infopro.bgsu.edu/protected
Canvas 201 - Building Your Course and Teaching Online Using Canvas - This seminar is designed for faculty who will be teaching online and/or building an online course in Canvas. It will cover select pedagogical aspects of teaching online as well as the basics of online course design utilizing Quality Matters (www.qmprogram.org) principles. In addition, participants will use Canvas during the seminar to begin building an online course. Upon completion of the seminar, faculty will have the tools needed to develop an online course as well as have an understanding of online pedagogy and learning from the online student perspective. Prerequisite: Participants are asked to have completed Canvas 101 Open Lab Workshop prior to attending. To see session dates and times or to sign up for a session see: https://infopro.bgsu.edu/protected
Getting Started Documentation –This document provides a Canvas overview along with general navigation information.
Canvas is accessible to BGSU account holders by logging in to MyBGSU and selecting the Canvas link from the top navigation panel (shown below).
Course shells for the Spring 2014 semester will be created during the week of December 9, 2013.
Students are invited to view the Student Resources page in order to review available material about Canvas from a student perspective.