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Canvas at VCU

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Canvas is a modern Learning Management System that is open, intuitive, and was born in the cloud. Canvas streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love, for a simpler and more connected learning experience. 

Canvas Logo and Login link to http:\\canvas.vcu.edu


Getting Started with Canvas

   Image of a tall plant in shades of green Training schedule and links to register
    Recordings of previous VCU Training Sessions
    VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
    Canvas Instructor Guides (Instructure Community Site)
    Request Departmental Training for Faculty

**NEW** Third Party TOOL INTEGRATION REQUEST FORM - Canvas supports LTI which allows third party tools to be easily integrated and used within Canvas. Complete all fields in the form and submit your request to begin the review and approval process. More information about integrated tools can be found at the top of the request form. 


Frequently Asked Questions

   Refer to VCU's Frequently Asked Questions for more Canvas information. 

 




SUPPORT, RESOURCES and TRAINING

VCU 24/7 SUPPORT FOR CANVAS
Canvas Support Hotline: 1 (877) 636-1744          
Canvas Support Portal - VCU access instructions

 NEW 
Third Party TOOL INTEGRATION REQUEST FORM - 
Canvas supports LTI which allows third party tools to be easily integrated and used within Canvas. Complete all fields in the form and submit your request to begin the review and approval process. More information about integrated tools can be found at the top of the request form.

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES OTHER RESOURCES
Subscribe: VCU Learning Systems blog
Subscribe: VCU Canvas Mailing List
VCU TS Training Site (keyword "Canvas")
Recordings
from VCU Training Sessions
Instructor VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
Online@VCU Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALTLab)
The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence - CTLE
Instructor Guides (Instructure Community Site)
Instructor Canvas Training Portal
Canvas Guides
Accessibility Information
Student VCU Canvas Knowledge Base (askIT)
Student Canvas Video Library
Canvas Student Guides
Computer and Browser Requirements
Mobile Requirements and Guides

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Training Type: DEPARTMENTAL 

Request faculty training for your department and we will customize the session to meet your needs. Submit a support request ticket at https://go.vcu.edu/itsupport and someone from the VCU Learning Systems team will contact you.

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Training Level: BASIC

Canvas Open Discussion for VCU Faculty
Nov. 5, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Online 
Facilitator: Adam Kuntz, Canvas Consultant
Register: http://training.vcu.edu (keyword "Canvas")
This is a 2-hour, online open discussion event for VCU faculty, led by a Canvas Consultant. This is an opportunity for VCU instructors to ask questions about all things Canvas. Do you need to know how to do something in Canvas? Are you having trouble with a feature or process? This session is where you can get the answers to your burning questions.

Canvas Open Discussion for VCU Faculty
Nov. 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Online 
Facilitator: Adam Kuntz, Canvas Consultant
Register: http://training.vcu.edu (keyword "Canvas")
This is a 2-hour, online open discussion event for VCU faculty, led by a Canvas Consultant. This is an opportunity for VCU instructors to ask questions about all things Canvas. Do you need to know how to do something in Canvas? Are you having trouble with a feature or process? This session is where you can get the answers to your burning questions.

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Training Level: INTERMEDIATE

Canvas - Personalized Learning
Nov. 5, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Online
Facilitator: Kenneth Rogers, Canvas Learning Specialist
Register: http://training.vcu.edu (keyword "Canvas")
A Canvas Learning Specialist will lead this session which has been customized specifically for VCU faculty. If you want to learn how to make your Canvas courses more personalized, don't miss this opportunity!  The training will cover best practices for interacting and engaging with your students virtually. 


Canvas Course Evaluation and Accessibility
Nov. 5, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Online
Facilitator: Kenneth Rogers, Canvas Learning Specialist
Register: http://training.vcu.edu (keyword "Canvas")
Canvas Learning Specialist, Kenneth Rogers, will lead this training session which has been customized specifically for VCU faculty. The training will cover course evaluation and accessibility in Canvas. 

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Training Level: ADVANCED

More coming soon!

SPRING 2021

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Growing with Canvas

Image of green leafy vineCanvas status updates will be posted regularly and can be found in the Learning System's blog at: https://blogs.vcu.edu/learning-systems

Information about VCU's decision to move from Blackboard to Canvas can be found here: History: Blackboard to Canvas at VCU

The following timeline has been compiled to inform the VCU community about the transition from Blackboard to Canvas which is already in progress, and will continue over the coming months. Please direct any questions to canvas@vcu.edu.

Timeline 

July 2019: Evaluation of LMS needs
August 2019 - December 2019: Testing and piloting
January 2020 - April 2020: Procurement and preparations
May 2020 - August 2020: Limited use, faculty training, setup and integration
August 2020 - December 2020: Expanded use, stakeholder assessments, faculty training
January 2021 - May 2021: Faculty consultations and training, final review of integrated tools and system functionality
June 2021 - Faculty consultations, Blackboard decommissioned, all courses using Canvas

 

July 2019

  • evaluation of Learning Management System replacement begins

August 2019 - December 2019

  • test and pilot Canvas

January - April 2020

  • approval and procurement of Canvas
  • courses taught during the pilot phase will continue using Canvas
  • course shells, sandbox courses, and "Growing with Canvas" course created for faculty

May 2020 - August 2020

  • limited number of undergraduate courses to use Canvas
  • new courses (not previously in Blackboard Learn) will be created in Canvas
  • faculty consultations and support available
  • faculty may submit early adopter requests
  • faculty training available
  • training available for VCU IT and support personnel
  • needs assessments conducted with stakeholders
  • conduct testing and issue resolution
  • website and TS askIT knowledge base articles available
  • VCU course template developed and available
  • integration with Banner SIS for Canvas course enrollments
  • course creation procedures defined (including course merges)
  • integration of 3rd party tools (i.e. VoiceThread, Pearson, Kaltura, Respondus, Google)
  • RFP, evaluation and procurement of plagiarism tool

August 2020 - December 2020

  • new courses will be created in Canvas; all others to be transitioned over the coming months
  • needs assessments with stakeholders continue
  • faculty training continues
  • training available for VCU IT and support personnel
  • Blackboard organizations evaluated and Canvas procedures established
  • approved plagiarism tool installed
  • integration of remaining 3rd party tools
  • testing and issue resolution

January 2021 - May 2021

  • faculty consultations and training offered
  • evaluation of all remaining Blackboard courses and outreach to the instructors
  • final review of integrated tools and functionality in Canvas

June 2021

    • consultations with faculty who have not transitioned to Canvas
    • Blackboard to be retired June 30, 2021 and will no longer be available
    • all classes will use Canvas starting Summer 2021

 

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