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Important Updates

3/13/17

The new Canvas Quick Start Guide from Teaching & Learning Technologies is now available. The guide is perfect for faculty who are new to Canvas or existing users who want quick answers to common questions. Access the guide here: https://canvas.emory.edu/courses/30368

2/28/17

Update from Canvas regarding Feb 28th service outage

Beginning today at approximately 12:40 PM EST, the Canvas learning management system became unavailable due to a widespread outage of Amazon Web Services which hosts Canvas.  While Canvas is now available, there may be continued areas of impaired functionality as Amazon works through restoration of all services. Canvas is posting regular service updates for this incident at http://status.instructure.com.

2/15/17

We've posted new instructions on how to export your content from Blackboard. Summer 2017 is the last semester that Blackboard will be supported at Emory. Make sure you don't lose any course content stored in Blackboard by exporting your content.

2/3/17

Active Spring '17 courses by school

Sixty percent of active Spring 2017 courses are in Canvas.

We are very pleased to share these results from our second production semester, which represent a 24% gain over the first. If you are still using Blackboard, please set aside the time to learn to use Canvas and transition your teaching materials as soon as possible.

We have many training resources available, as well as ways to get help from Teaching & Learning Technologies or Instructure (the Canvas vendor). While Blackboard will be accessible throughout Summer 2017, now is the best time to learn Canvas and move or save your Blackboard content. Blackboard will be completely inaccessible after August 31, 2017; content not retrieved by that date will be lost.

12/13/16

Student IDs will replace public person IDs in the users’ SIS ID field by December 20th. SIS ID is the main identifier teachers see in the People tool and is included in spreadsheets exported from Grades. (The Grades tool itself shows NetID.) [edited 2/3/17]

Instructure will be pushing out an updated Terms of Use. Users will see the updated terms starting on December 19th. For more info about the Canvas terms of use, go to: http://it.emory.edu/canvas/faqs/terms-of-use.html

Unplag plagiarism detection service will be piloted in the spring 2017 semester. The pilot will be open to all Canvas faculty/staff, and we welcome any and all feedback on the service. Faculty and student information and instructions on use will be published here in the Training & Resources section at the start of the semester.

10/17/16

Active Fall '16 courses by school

One third of active Fall 2016 courses are in Canvas.

We are very pleased to share the results from our first production semester. Our goal for the upcoming Spring semester is to have as many faculty using Canvas as possible. If you are still using Blackboard, please consider moving to Canvas next semester.

We have many training resources available, as well as ways to get help from Teaching & Learning Technologies or Instructure (the Canvas vendor). While Blackboard will be accessible throughout Summer 2017, now is the best time to learn Canvas and move or save your Blackboard content. Blackboard will be retired completely September 1, 2017; content not retrieved by that date will be lost.

10/14/16

Spring 2017 course shells created today. 

Teachers can now access their unpublished course shells in Canvas if the course has been created in OPUS.  Course and enrollment feeds from OPUS will be imported at least once per day Monday - Friday.  Please be aware that it may take 24 hours for changes made in OPUS to be reflected in Canvas.

9/8/16

We would love to hear from you.  Please share your thoughts about Canvas in our Fall Survey .

8/12/16

Notice for organizations that use Blackboard:

If your Organization currently uses Blackboard, you will need to move your files to another platform.  For some organizations, particularly those that use testing, assignments, and other course-related features, Canvas may be a good option. However, there are other platforms that may work better for your organization.  The Canvas team is available to help your organization determine which platform is more appropriate for your needs.

Current Blackboard Organization sites will be available on Blackboard until the license term expires in August 2017.  However, we recommend moving your organization's documents from Blackboard well in advance.  The best practice is to move your files from Blackboard to Emory Box.

Instructions for saving your Blackboard files are available here.

Organization owners can make an appointment with the TLT Canvas team to work on a strategy for your move.

6/23/16

Faculty sandboxes are now available in Canvas.  These are empty courses to use for training and testing out Canvas features.  Click here to learn more.

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