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Join Us for Spring Term’s Canvas Days!

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak
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Join us for Canvas Days! Whether you have a last-minute question about Canvas or you’re not even sure how to access the system – this event is for you!

Canvas Days will bring together all of the LMS resources in one place at the same time, so that you can be well-prepared for our transition to Canvas. You can enroll in an official Canvas AFPD training class, or just pop in to one of our open sessions to get a Canvas question answered. The event will have opportunities to come in for one-on-one assistance, receive help with migration, or just have some refreshments and engage in conversation about Canvas!  

During each event, we will be offering the Canvas Basic and Advanced Training Courses, as well as presenting five-to-ten minute coverage of the topics that are most needed by faculty. These brief workshops will cover integrating publisher’s tools, creating question banks, copying and publishing courses, using the Canvas Commons, and much more! We will also be providing one-on-one help with course migration, so we can help you get started, or resolve any issues that you are having with your newly-built Canvas courses.

The remaining Canvas Days are listed below:

  • Adjuncts – We know you can’t always make it to events that are during the work day, so we’ve scheduled this event on May 1st, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Deerwood.

  • All Employees – On May 2nd, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Deerwood, we’ll all be here to offer training, migration assistance, or answers to all of your Canvas questions. Early adopters, adjuncts, full time faculty who have never used Blackboard or Canvas, admins, or any other employee that would like to know more, should come!

 Please be on the look out for more emailed communications about these events as they draw closer and, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to with any questions that you may have about Canvas.

How to Integrate Publisher's Content into Canvas

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSRobyn Reese

Third-party publisher content can be a great way to enrich your Canvas course and provide your students with any materials that they need for success without ever having to leave the LMS. Canvas will allow you to use all of the same publisher tools that you are used to in Blackboard, in many cases in a more streamlined and simpler way. 

How to Add Publisher's Content to Your Course

The first step towards integrating your publisher's content is enabling the publisher's tool (called an App in Canvas) within your course shell. 

To do this, navigate to the Settings tab at the bottom of the left-hand course navigation menu. Then, click the Navigation tab, as shown in the screenshot below.

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At the top of the Navigation tab, you will see a list of the items that are currently visible in the course's side navigation. Below it is a list of items that are currently hidden. Move the Publisher's Content Tool that you would like to enable into the top area and click Save. This item will now appear in your course's side navigation area. 

Click on the newly-added link on the course navigation and the tool will then guide you through the process to pair your course with the materials that you have adopted, using a pairing code or key, as provided by the Publisher's sales representative. 

Identifying which Tool you need to Use

The chart below provides some basic information about the most commonly used materials series from each publisher. Clicking on the name of the publisher in the left-hand column will provide you with access to your publisher's Knowledge Base, where you can find more information about how to use your specific publisher's content with a Canvas Course. 

Commonly-Used Content from that Publisher

Publisher's Name

Mindtap, Aplia, WebAssign, Cengage Unlimited, OpenNow

MH Connect

 AcceleratED Pathways

My....Lab, Mastering...

VitalSource Bookshelf, Elsevier eBooks

Wiley-published textbook content


If you do not see a needed Publisher Content Tool in your Canvas course, please fill out a support ticket in the "Request a Service" area at

Ready to Begin Course Migration?

EdTech, LMSBrandi Bleak

Here’s a little help to introduce you to two ways you could approach migrating your Blackboard course content over to Canvas. For more in-depth information, please log into Canvas via myFSCJ, and view the Course Migration class that is available within your Canvas Dashboard.

Course Migration Guide

As always, you can submit a ticket for help at or email for more assistance!

LIVE Canvas Chats: Video & Course Migration

EdTech, DMP, LMSBrandi Bleak

Academic Technology is proud to introduce a live segment to provide monthly updates on the FSCJ transition to Canvas. On the last Friday of each month, the Educational Technology team will discuss a different piece of the Canvas puzzle. Then we’ll give you, our faculty and staff, an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the transition.

February’s segment addressed all things migration - including the transition from Kaltura/MediaSpace to Canvas’s video system, Arc, and moving course content from Blackboard over to Canvas.

LIVE Canvas Chats!

EdTech, DMP, Faculty Content, LMS, StudioBrandi Bleak

Academic Technology is proud to introduce a new live segment to provide monthly updates on the FSCJ transition to Canvas. On the last Friday of each month, the Educational Technology team will discuss a different piece of the Canvas puzzle. Then we’ll give you, our faculty and staff, an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the transition.

If you have questions about the transition to Canvas, email

Canvas Chats - Episode 1

This broadcast aired live Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m..

How to Prepare Blackboard Courses for Migration to Canvas

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

As the Fall term has progressed, many of members of our faculty have asked us what they should be doing to best prepare for the migration of their courses to Canvas. During the Fall, it was not yet essential that faculty do anything in preparation. Now, however, the Canvas system is set up and it is a good time for all faculty to begin preparing their Blackboard courses for the transition by doing some Spring (Term) Cleaning.

As course shells are used and re-used over terms, they can begin to get a bit cluttered with materials that may no longer be needed or that may not be well-organized. This content does not need to come over to Canvas, and may make your transition more difficult. So, as we begin to migrate course content from Blackboard to Canvas, there are a few things you can do to prepare your content by ensuring that it is well-organized.

Exporting Your Course:

The first step that you should take in this process is exporting your Blackboard courses, which will ensure that you have a backup of the complete course before you make any changes or delete files. You can store the packaged file on your local computer or within OneDrive through Office365.

For instructions on backing up a course, review this knowledge base article: How to export a Blackboard course

To Access OneDrive:

Clearing Out the Content Collection

Next, you can begin the clean-up! You’ll start in the area where your Blackboard course content is all stored, the often-neglected Content Collection, which can be accessed as shown below.

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Once there, you can determine if completing any of the following tasks will make your course less cluttered, and more organized.


Delete Unused Files

If there are files that you no longer using in your course, delete them.

Delete Duplicate Files

If the original file exists, then the duplicate file(s) should be removed. These files generally contain keywords in their file name such as (1) or Copy.

Export Videos Store within Blackboard

All videos that have been directly uploaded into Blackboard should be exported to your local computer so that they can be re-uploaded into Arc (Canvas' new video storage system). Video files will have the following extensions: .MP4/.AVI/.FLV/.WMV/.MOV

If you have used a Kaltura MediaSpace, YouTube or similar product to simply embed the video, you will not need to move/address the video - it is not actually being stored in Bb. We will address how those videos will be migrated more thoroughly in future communications/training.

Spring Term Canvas Outreach

LMS, Workshop, Faculty Content, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Canvas is coming! We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are! But, for those who are experiencing some trepidation, we have scheduled abundant training and outreach at each campus throughout the 2019 Spring Term. Educational Technology will be teaming up with Training and Organizational Development, the Center for eLearning, and Digital Media Productions to offer in-person and online training opportunities, campus visits, and live broadcasts so that you can learn more about our new Learning Management System, Canvas (or just express your excitement, if you are already a Canvas FanPerson).  

Here’s a list of the events that will be occurring through the the 2019 Spring term:

Canvas at FSCJ: Basic Training Course

What: This course will provide introductory training on the Canvas Learning Management System. It will provide attendees with an opportunity to become accustomed to Canvas’s user interface, as well as learn how to build, manage, and grade course content and communicate with students.

When: This course will initially be offered on January 4th during Professional Development Day, then advertised throughout the Spring term.

Where: Online or in-person, at each campus.

How to Join the Fun: Pay attention to weekly emails from Training and Organizational Development and register for the course that meets your needs within the Student Center of myFSCJ.

Open Lab: Canvas Migration Assistance

What: Scheduled to assist instructors with migrating their course content from Blackboard to Canvas.

When: Every Friday during the Spring term during the hours listed below. If you are in need of assistance at a time that is outside of the hours listed, please email to schedule an appointment.


Deerwood Center TV Studio from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Kent Campus Faculty Resource Center from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Downtown Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

South Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

North Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

How to Join the Fun: Just show up and bring your Canvas.

Tech Tours: Canvas Transition

What: The Educational Technology, Center for eLearning, and the Digital Media Productions teams will visit each campus to discuss the details of the transition to Canvas and answer any questions instructors may have.

When & Where

Friday, 3/1

  • Deerwood Center TV Studio from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/5

  • Nassau Center B202 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • North Campus Faculty Resource Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/6

  • Cecil Center Room 206 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Kent Campus Faculty Resource Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

How to Join the Fun: Just show up! No Canvas needed.

LIVE Canvas Chats

What: These live broadcasts will provide an update on our LMS transition, as well as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Each month we’ll focus on a different piece of the Canvas puzzle.

When: Live at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of each month during the Spring term


How to Join the Fun: Review our blog to see each month’s topics and send in those questions in advance to be answered live.

As always, if you have any questions, please email us at

In Focus: The New WebEx

EdTech, DMP, In FocusBrandi Bleak

We have a new WebEx Collaboration platform here at FSCJ and it’s really quite impressive! The new modern look, ease of use, and additional features are a great addition to the IT services available. You can reach the new WebEx site by going to

This month on In Focus, the Educational Technology team takes an in-depth look at how to use the the new tool, whether you’re an experienced power user or just getting started. 

As a reminder, here’s the initial email IT sent out announcing the change. If you have any questions or need assistance with WebEx, please visit and submit a ticket, and we’ll will be happy to help!