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.
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.
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!
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Your courses should have the exact same name including CRN and term code (eg 202001) and will appear in your unpublished courses list.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.
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 You may see your course in the Unpublished area of your dashboard.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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
A Clean, Modern Interface
Easy drag and drop utility, a quick way to turn your course on and off, and easy to understand controls. Over the next few months, eCampus will deploy syllabus and module templates that will make building your courses easier and faster.
Use the UAF Template to get started:
- To use a ready made UAF eCampus template, first request a Development Shell and select Canvas as the LMS. You will be notified once the development shell has been created.
- Once you have the development shell, log into canvas.alaska.edu using your UA ID and password and click “Commons” in the Global Navigation Menu.
- Select “UAF Course Template” from the list of featured courses. (You can search using the course name if it does not immediately show up).
- Click “Import/Download.” You will be prompted to select a course to import the template into. Use the checkbox to select the development shell created for you then click “Import into Course.”
- If this doesn’t work for you, contact Jenn Pedersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
History and Possible Future Canvas-Related Events
eCampus researches LMS options on a regular basis: Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and WordPress.
COVID-19 Lockdown pushes almost all courses online, taxing our infrastructure and resources.
Fall 20-Spring 21
More courses migrating to Canvas with automation from “K-16” and eCampus.
Faculty and students alike find Canvas to be much easier. Remaining courses move to Canvas
Final courses are converted with all courses potentially now in Canvas.