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Canvas at VCU

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  (VCU eID Required to log in)



VCU 24/7 SUPPORT for CANVAS

  

CALL THE CANVAS SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-877-636-1744

VCU GETTING STARTED KNOWLEDGE BASE:  VCU developed instructions, tips and information.

TRAINING SERVICES PORTAL: Use the Canvas Training Services Portal for self-paced training and resources.

For all resources, please click the "Support & Training" tab above.

 

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

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT & RESOURCES OTHER RESOURCES
Subscribe to the VCU Learning Systems blog Subscribe to the VCU Canvas Mailing List
Recordings from VCU Training Sessions TS Training Site (keyword "Canvas")
VCU Knowledge Base - FACULTY/STAFF VCU Knowledge Base - STUDENTS
Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALTLab) - Online@VCU Canvas Resource Library
The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence - CTLE Canvas Training Portal
Instructor Guides (Instructure Community Site) Canvas Accessibility Information
  Computer and Browser Requirements
  Mobile Requirements and Guides

TRAINING AND EVENTS

Training Level: BASIC

The Basics: Creating Your First Course in Canvas
Oct. 5, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online (Zoom link and password provided when you register)
Facilitator: Eric Harvey - Senior Manager, VCU Learning Systems
Register: https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctduCqrjspEtHAyAmPMntIvtaNbEsP6l0Z 
This 1-hour training for VCU instructors will focus on the first steps to getting your new Canvas course off the ground. Starting with an empty course shell, we'll walk you through getting the VCU template imported into your new course and taking those first steps, building some content and adding to the modules. Register for the training with your VCU eID, at the Zoom link above. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom training URL and password.


Canvas Open Discussion for VCU Faculty
Oct. 8, 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
Oct. 15, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Online 
Facilitator: Adam KuntzCanvas 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. 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.

 

Training Level: INTERMEDIATE

Blackboard-to-Canvas Course Imports
Oct. 2, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online (Zoom link and password provided when you register)
Facilitator: Eric Harvey - Senior Manager, VCU Learning Systems
Register: https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkf-ihrDwjHNF3yaFX_4zFJE9YwIQ-ZCrI
Hosted by Learning Systems in Academic Technologies, this 1-hour training for VCU instructors will demonstrate how to import your Blackboard course content into Canvas. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the content transition to Canvas. Register for the training with your VCU eID, at the Zoom link above. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom training URL and password.


Assignments, Quizzes, and Grading in Canvas
Oct. 7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online (Zoom link and password provided when you register)
Facilitator: Eric Harvey - Senior Manager, VCU Learning Systems
Register: https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qdOmtqDsiEtRgk7_H5BUHc0LC5M-GfLC5
Hosted by Learning Systems in Academic Technologies, this 1-hour training for VCU instructors will include an overview of assignment and quiz types and how to create, manage and grade them in Canvas.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the transition to Canvas. Register for the training with your VCU eID, at the Zoom link above. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom training URL and password.

Canvas Enrollments, Sections, and Cross-listing
Oct. 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online (Zoom link and password provided when you register)
Facilitator: Eric Harvey - Senior Manager, VCU Learning Systems
Register: https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsd-mhpzMtEt1YvvVq2gI-5rMoo3OYK2iR
Hosted by Learning Systems in Academic Technologies, this 1-hour training for VCU instructors will provide an overview of how students are enrolled in Canvas courses and how course sections can be merged into one Canvas course. Bring your questions! Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the transition to Canvas. Register for the training with your VCU eID, at the Zoom link above. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom training URL and password.

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. 

Training Level: ADVANCED

Installing and Using Third-party Tool Integrations in Canvas
Oct. 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Online
(Zoom link and password provided when you register)
Facilitator: Eric Harvey - Senior Manager, VCU Learning Systems
Register: https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vcOqopj8iHdddFkVevU6iuC4eGOR0OEoC
Hosted by Learning Systems in Academic Technologies, this  1-hour training for VCU instructors will demonstrate how you can “grow” your course content in Canvas.  Learn how to install and use third-party tool integrations such as content from publishers, curricula-specific materials, interactive content, quiz builders and more. Register for the training with your VCU eID, at the Zoom link above. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom training URL and password.

SPRING 2021

Coming soon.

Growing with Canvas

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Canvas 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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