USING CANVAS AT UAFFind Canvas resources for your class on the page below. You can also join the Faculty Hub Slack community to connect with others teaching at UAF. Message From the ProvostJoin the Faculty Hub in Slack
Notice: Canvas New Quizzes are Unsupported
The feature ‘New Quizzes’ is now unsupported by UAF eCampus until major improvements are made to the feature by Instructure. We are working on quick video tutorials on moving any existing quiz materials to Canvas Classic quizzes or another integrated platform, such as Playposit, Gradescope, Hypothesis, or H5P. Our Friday Open Labs for Canvas (available in the calendar on this page), Online Instructional Designer Consults, and in person Instructional Designer support are all great places to get help transitioning your materials.
More On the New Quizzes Issue
An issue was reported in Summer and Fall 2022 where New Quizzes weren’t copying over to new courses. This issue seemed limited to only a handful of users and Canvas support was able to copy the quizzes manually. With added users as we transitioned from Blackboard to Canvas, the issue became more pronounced and Canvas support was no longer able to manually correct each quiz copy. Canvas engineers traced the issue back to a server issue on their end and worked on a fix. In the meantime, the team at eCampus explored turning New Quizzes off because they lack the functionality to be duplicated, exported, or directly imported through QTI. With Canvas engineers we tested turning off New Quizzes, ensuring that student data would be left intact and current New Quizzes would be unaffected. The tests passed and we shut off the ability to create quizzes using the New Quizzes feature. Canvas has since implemented a fix to enable New Quizzes to copy successfully, however, in doing so they also inadvertently disabled access to the student attempts and data for currently running New Quizzes in Spring 2023 courses. Canvas is currently working to resolve this issue and we will post additional updates as soon as we get them.
New Quizzes to Classic Quizzes
This tutorial explains how to transition New quizzes to Classic quizzes in Canvas.
Please use the calendar below to find upcoming Canvas workshops. To schedule a 1:1 consultation with a designer, please use the sign up page.
UAF eCampus has worked with K-16 Solutions to export existing Blackboard materials into Canvas shells. Most Blackboard courses from the previous 4 semesters are already in Canvas!
Your courses should have the exact same name including CRN and term code (eg 202001) and will appear in your unpublished courses list. If you are missing any courses you wish to have migrated to Canvas for you, please let us know.
Moving to Canvas
If you’re ready to move your course for Summer of Fall 2023 to Canvas, we’re ready to assist! Advice, help, best-practices… we’ve got you covered.
Learn From a Coach
If the Design Team is all booked up and you’d like someone to help you take your skills to the next level, connect for free with Panda Pros!
Learn on Your Own
- Canvas Instructor Guide
- Canvas Student Guide
- Guides by Product
- Worldwide Community base
- Request access to the self-paced tutorial Growing With Canvas (requires UA login)
Learn in Community
Think you’d prefer learning in community? We regularly schedule workshops for campus faculty and staff. Learn more about Workshops we currently have scheduled. To arrange a workshop for your unique department or discipline contact Kendell Newman-Sadiik.
Our Canvas Tutorials
The Design Team at eCampus has been making tutorials that show you how to do things in our familiar UAF instance of Canvas.
OER and Canvas
Did you know access to Open Educational Resources is built right into Canvas. See the Commons for thousands of OERs you can import directly into your own courses.
Canvas has super mobile friendly apps:
The Canvas channel on YouTube is full of helpful content—with everything from the Virtual Learning Indicator to establishing trust in an online environment to artificial intelligence and the future of plagiarism—Canvas goes beyond simple “how to” videos (get started here) to elevate the conversation around learning managament software.
Q: Why are we doing this?
A: To ease the transition to a new LMS. See more in the “Message from the Provost”.
Q: Why is UAF using Canvas?
A: Canvas supports the Chancellor’s strategic goal to modernize the student experience.
Q: How can I tell if my course was migrated?
A: Log in to https://canvas.alaska.edu/ with your UA username and password. You may see your course in the Unpublished area of your dashboard.
Q: How can I get my course on Canvas?
A: We tried to do this for everyone. However, if you don’t see your course you can 1) export a zipped Blackboard file and import it to Canvas, or 2) fill out this request form.
Q: Who is Sam Yaghoubi and why is he listed as an instructor in my Blackboard course?
A: Sam Yaghoubi (firstname.lastname@example.org) is part of the script used by the vendor to export courses for import into Canvas. This bot needs to be active with Instructor status for the process to work.
Q: How do I know if each part of my course has been copied over?
A: Log into https://canvas.alaska.edu/ Click on your course, choose “Pages.” URL looks like alaska.instructure.com/courses/COURSE#/pages
If you see 000-Migration Exception Log in the list there are items that may not have been found or could not be copied.