Canvas has been selected as the Learning Management System (LMS) and ePortfolio system at BGSU. The Canvas product by Instructure will replace the Blackboard LMS and Epsilen ePortfolio system by December 2013.
Faculty are encouraged to begin creating and transitioning courses into Canvas as soon as possible. Training opportunities are being offered in order to assist in this transition. The training sessions currently offered are outlined below.
Canvas 101 - Open Lab Workshops – These workshops provide the opportunity for personalized assistance in creating course content in Canvas. Hosted by faculty and ITS Canvas trainers, participants work through the process of actually creating their course content. This format provides ready access to have questions answered and assistance while creating Canvas content. Workshop attendees are asked to bring to the session the course files they wish to use in creating a course in Canvas. Evening sessions of Canvas 101 are available for those interested. To see session dates and times or to sign up for a session see: https://infopro.bgsu.edu/protected
Canvas 102 - Advanced Features - These workshops 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 Q-n-A Open Forum - This is an opportunity to inquire about the functions and features in Canvas. This is not a standardized training session but rather a session tailored to participant inquiries. Sign up today and bring your questions. 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. 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 now accessible to BGSU account holders by logging in to MyBGSU and selecting the Canvas link from the top navigation panel (shown below).
Faculty currently associated with a spring 2013 course will find that a Canvas course shell has been developed for their course.
- If you have previously built course content in Canvas and would like to begin creating new content , you are invited to utilize Canvas to do so.
- If you have not previously built course content in Canvas but would like to use Canvas, you may utilize training or the faculty resources provided at this site to learn about Canvas.
- If you are ready to use Canvas and would like to transfer content from Blackboard please call 2-0999 and request Canvas Support Team assistance.
Faculty are encouraged to begin creating course content and utilizing Canvas. After December 2013, Blackboard will no longer be available for use. Faculty may continue to utilize Blackboard until December 2013 after which time Blackboard will no longer be available for use.
Students may begin to see Canvas used in their classes as of the fall 2012 semester. Students may also continue to see Blackboard being used in their classes. Students should be aware that they may need to continue to access both systems until December 2013 after which time Canvas will be the only supported LMS.
Students are invited to view the Student Resources page in order to review available material about Canvas from a student perspective.