This fall, SMU faculty will begin using Canvas as our new course learning management system. While some faculty have been using it within the past year, many faculty and students will soon be exposed to Canvas for the first time. Continue reading Canvas Resources for Students
Spaces still available for Canvas Nights, our evening Canvas training. Get up and running with our new LMS by joining us for Canvas Nights or for our Canvas Boot Camp. Continue reading Up and running with Canvas: Evening webinar training & a boot camp
In preparation for back-to-school, IT Training will be hosting Canvas Nights on August 9th & 10th. These evening webinar sessions are offered to faculty members who may be unable to join us during the day for our Canvas Boot Camp workshops. Continue reading Save the Date: Canvas Nights are August 9 & 10
This August the Academic Technology team and IT Training have partnered to arm faculty and staff with Canvas instruction and resources during a two days for a Canvas Boot Camp. These workshops have been created to answer those critical questions instructors may have at the onset of a new semester.
You may be asking yourself, “What methods of communication does Canvas offer?” “Can I create online tests?” “How can I track what files my student have accessed?” “How do I use the Grade book?” and even, “Where do I go for help?” It might be a little overwhelming, but don’t worry. All these questions and more will be answered during the Canvas Boot Camp.
Registration is not required to these drop-in sessions. However, seating is limited and we will be accommodating those on a first-come-first-served basis. Can’t make it to Canvas during the day? Consider joining us for Canvas Nights!
Canvas Boot Camp sessions include: Continue reading Save the Date: Canvas Boot Camp – August 16, 17 & 18
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 Theologyfirstname.lastname@example.org||214.768.1820|
|Jeff Liew||Cox School of Businessemail@example.com||214.768.4770|
|Scott Martin||Simmons School of Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org||214.768.4864|
|Merlin Wilkerson||Lyle School of Engineeringemail@example.com||214.768.8649|
|Mousumi Tanha||Meadows School of Artsfirstname.lastname@example.org||214.768.2548|
|Michael Robertson||Dedman Collegeemail@example.com||214.768.1148|
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.
Turnitin has released a major product upgrade that will soon be available at SMU. The new version of the service, called Turnitin Feedback Studio, offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface designed for the modern classroom. Turnitin Feedback Studio will make it faster and easier than ever to promote academic integrity, provide actionable feedback, and evaluate student learning at Southern Methodist University.
We plan to upgrade our version of Turnitin to Feedback Studio on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Once upgraded, you can expect to see a new interface when you open up a student’s paper in Turnitin. Your students will also experience this new and improved interface when viewing Similarity Reports and receiving feedback.
To get acquainted with the upgraded Turnitin Feedback Studio and prepare for a successful implementation, you can:
As graduation ceremonies reached their culmination on May 14th, Southern Methodist University officially graduated into the next era of course management. Consistent with the announcement and transition plan set forth in last August’s message to faculty from the Office of the Provost, I’m pleased to announce that Canvas has been implemented as the sole course management system for university sources of record. If you haven’t heard by now, Canvas is a cloud-based course management system which offers a modern interface designed to better support the increased teaching and learning demands of higher education in functions such as blended learning, “flipping classrooms,” and providing a more robust overall framework for online education and distance learning activities.
After 12 years of long and faithful service, Blackboard is officially retired from course management duty; no further course shells or course enrollment data will be populated into Blackboard. Starting immediately, all course shells and course enrollment data will be published exclusively to Canvas. For faculty still needing to export course materials from Blackboard for use in Canvas, Blackboard (http://courses.smu.edu) will remain openly accessible for faculty access until June 30th, 2016. If you have any remaining materials on Blackboard, please proceed to retrieve them as soon as possible. If you need assistance with this transition, please contact 214.768.HELP or email firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible, as our time before now and the fall semester will become increasingly limited.
In conjunction with this transition to Canvas, SMU’s embedded Academic Technology Service Directors in each academic unit are in the process of contacting each and every SMU faculty member to ensure that plans are being made to accommodate the transition along existing project timelines. If you require direct consultation navigating this transition and have not yet connected with your department’s Academic Technology Service Director to make a plan, please refer below to the contact for your school or college:
|Meadows School of Arts||Mousumi Tanhaemail@example.com|
|Cox School of Business||Jeff Liewfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dedman School of Law||James Panemail@example.com|
|Dedman College||Dr. Michael Robertsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Simmons School of Education||Scott Martinemail@example.com|
|Perkins School of Theology||James Panfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lyle School of Engineering||Merlin Wilkersonemail@example.com|
Please make time between now and June 30th to export any and all course materials you’ll need in any future course. Do not delay! Being sure that you’re prepared now will save anxiety later on.
SMU faculty and students can login to Canvas using SMU campus login credentials. For SMU courses of record, course shells, instructors, TA’s and students are all automatically populated from enrollment data from my.SMU. Between now and continuing into the fall term, OIT will be offering webinars and in-class Canvas training opportunities which cover basic usage to more advanced topics such as utilization of the Gradebook and Assignments. Please find a training that meets your needs here. If you require individual training or coaching—don’t worry—your Academic Technology Services Directors will be hosting and scheduling Canvas Open Labs within each school as well to help you directly with Canvas course migrations.
SMU will retain Blackboard course archives for five years—special archive recovery services will be available after June 30th, but Blackboard archives will not be immediately accessible for use. Faculty may submit individual tickets to the SMU IT Helpdesk for recovery of past Blackboard course materials. Please contact the main SMU IT Helpdesk if you need further assistance at 214.768.HELP or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Upcoming Canvas Dates:
|May 12, 2016||Spring 2016 Term Closes|
|May 13, 2016||Canvas transforms into sole course management system for courses of record at SMU (No further my.SMU enrollment data published to Blackboard)|
|May 13, 2016
June 30, 2016
|Blackboard (http://courses.smu.edu) still openly available to SMU faculty community for the purpose of course material recovery and for faculty to be able to export past course materials for future usage or archiving|
|July 1, 2016||Blackboard (http://courses.smu.edu) will no longer be available for open access to SMU community. http://courses.smu.edu will be re-directed to SMU Canvas login splash page|
Need some more assistance with the finer points of SMU’s new Canvas LMS? OIT has scheduled additional training sessions over the summer that cover advanced topics ranging from grade books to modules. Just like the basics sessions OIT has given through the spring semester, these summer sessions are walk-in only, so stop by on any of the dates!
Below is a list of the upcoming sessions, their locations, and their dates and times. For any questions regarding these sessions, please contact your academic technology liaison in your department.
Schedule of Courses
|June 3, 1PM||Intro to Canvas (Condensed)||Crow 186|
|June 3, 2PM||Assignments & Grade Book||Crow 186|
|June 6, 10AM||Quizzes||Hughes-Trigg|
|June 6, 11AM||Mastering Modules||Hughes-Trigg|
|June 13, 2PM||Intro to Canvas (Condensed)||Webinar|
|June 23, 10AM||Intro to Canvas (Condensed)||Webinar|
|July 11, 3PM||Canvas Course Set-Up Workshop||Crow 186|
|July 11, 2PM||Assignments & Grade Book||Crow 186|
|July 20, 10AM||Quizzes||Crow 186|
|July 20, 11AM||Mastering Modules||Crow 186|
|July 28, 10AM||Assignments & Grade Book||Crow 186|
|July 28, 11AM||Canvas Course Set-Up Workshop||Crow 186|
|August 5, 1PM||Intro to Canvas (Condensed)||Crow 186|
|August 5, 2PM||Assignments & Grade Book||Crow 186|
|August 8, 2PM||Quizzes||Crow 186|
|August 8, 3PM||Matering Modules||Crow 186|
|August 8, 4PM||Assignments & Grade Book||Crow 186|
At the end of every term, (dates are set in accordance with the academic calendar) all Canvas courses for that term will automatically be concluded.
When all courses are concluded at midnight the last day of the term, students will then transition to “Read-Only” access. Instructors will have an additional 14 days of “Full Access” after that, in order to complete grading.
If your course dates exceed the normal term, please call the help desk to put in a ticket and we will contact you to help adjust your course.
If you have an incomplete, please call the help desk to put in a ticket and we will contact you to help make the adjustment.
Spring 2016 dates
Student full access ends midnight May 10th
Instructors full access end midnight May 24th
Support for courses within Blackboard
SMU CANVAS: Are you ready?
As the countdown quickly continues toward the imminent decommissioning of Blackboard in June, increasing numbers of faculty are taking advantage of OIT’s Canvas workshops and learning to build (and rebuild!) courses in our new system. Over 100 faculty members have attended OIT’s hands-on training to date while many others have successfully utilized online resources. OIT’s training sessions will continue every week and into the fall semester—and other “conversion camps” and Canvas learning opportunities will be scheduled soon.
Now is the time to start making plans for moving your Blackboard courses and materials into Canvas for future terms. If you have not yet become familiar with Canvas or attended a training session, if you have not yet created a plan to download or consolidate your previous Blackboard course files, if you have not yet requested a Canvas “sandbox” course shell—the time is now! Continue reading Canvas Readiness Update