November 2017 Ed Tech Update

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October 30, 2017

Moodle courses need to be in Canvas by Fall 2019. Learn how to get started. Become aware of the auto-provisioning schedule, visibility matrix, and upcoming events.

Canvas Update

Moodle will continue to operate as usual for the next 2 years. However, all Moodle courses will need to be transitioned by Fall 2019. Visit the Canvas Transition website for timeline, course migration and building resources and on-going updates.

Get Started

We encourage faculty and instructional staff to explore Canvas at their convenience. Here's how to get started:

Canvas Transition Update

At the midway point of the semester, University of Minnesota continues to prepare for Canvas to be in full production Spring 2018. The latest data shows 662 courses (6.9%) using Canvas this fall, with 19,332 students (non-unique) enrolled.

As of October 25, the UMD campus has 42 Spring 2018 courses sites in transition from Moodle to Canvas.

Course Auto-Provisioning Schedule

Auto-provisioning of Spring 2018 unpublished course sites was completed on October 6. After two successful semesters of auto-provisioning courses, and at the recommendation of the LMS Transition Governance Committee, the dates below are planned for course provisioning in future semesters:

  • Fall: April 16
  • Spring: August 1
  • Summer (including May term): January 3

Note that beginning January 2, 2018, and as determined Learning Management System (LMS) governance, all faculty and instructors will be able to publish their own Canvas sites.

Course Visibility Matrix

For anyone building or teaching in a Canvas site, we have assembled an overview of how Canvas courses are displayed on the Canvas Dashboard and/or All Courses listings, as well as information on what students and/or faculty can see in published (and unpublished) Canvas sites for each term.

Canvas Events

November 7: Discover Canvas: Basics Workshop

An online Canvas basics workshop for faculty and staff will include a review of the Canvas interface, tools and features, course design options, and an introduction to moving content from Moodle to Canvas. RSVP online.

Save the Date: December 7 and 8 for UMD In-Person Workshops

ITSS is working with Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) to schedule in-person Canvas workshops on the UMD campus. More information will be shared via email and on the ITSS Educational Technology website as session details are confirmed.

Access the recording of the full day Introduction to Canvas workshop held October 25 the Twin Cities campus. The session covers the basics and beyond to provide attendees a solid foundation to begin using Canvas to its full effectiveness.

On-Going UMD Teaching and Learning Events

UMD's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers a variety of events designed to promote professional development and support for all who teach on our campus.

Check out the CETL calendar to find opportunities to explore a variety of teaching and learning topics.