Important Changes to Courses.SMU

UPDATE:

Due to an unprecedented chain of events yesterday, June 29th, SMU was unable to login to Canvas for several hours. The connection between SMU and Canvas has since been restored.

These events yesterday disrupted our expected timeline, and in order to recover and move forward, access to Blackboard via courses.smu.edu has been removed 24 hours earlier than scheduled. If you need your materials off of Blackboard, please contact your academic technology director in your college, or put in a ticket at the Helpdesk.

Direct Support Contacts:
James Pan Dedman School of Law/Perkins School of Theology pan@smu.edu 214.768.1820
Jeff Liew Cox School of Business jliew@smu.edu 214.768.4770
Scott Martin Simmons School of Education smartin@smu.edu 214.768.4864
Merlin Wilkerson Lyle School of Engineering merlin@smu.edu 214.768.8649
Mousumi Tanha Meadows School of Arts mtanha@smu.edu 214.768.2548
Michael Robertson Dedman College robertsonm@smu.edu 214.768.1148
Steve Snider Guildhall ssnider@smu.edu 214.768.1879

July 1st is going to be a big day for learning management systems at SMU. There will be some significant changes to Courses.SMU as we move away from Blackboard to Canvas. As advertised throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the following changes will take effect on June 30th.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be moved to an archive-only mode. If you have not previously migrated or downloaded your course content and need an archive of one of your courses, please contact the Academic Technology Director for your area or submit a help ticket.

Canvas Domains Consolidation

CanvasThe Canvas domain for the Canvas pilot, smucox.instructure.com, will be decommissioned on June 30th. The permanent Canvas domain will be smu.instructure.com and will serve as the single URL for all of SMU Canvas instances. Any internal links in Canvas should use this domain. If you have any bookmarks or links to smucox.instructure.com, these will break after June 30th. Please update your links to use smu.instucture.com. If you need help with modifying your links in Canvas, please contact the Help Desk.

The domains canvas.smu.edu and courses.smu.edu will point to the SMU Canvas service page at smu.edu/canvas beginning July 1. Students and faculty should use smu.edu/canvas for accessing Canvas. Any updated or changes to Canvas will be posted on the service page.

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at ianaberle.com.