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Frequently Asked Questions

> Where can I find more information and additional resources on Canvas?

Canvas Guides provide role-specific information for admins, instructors, students, and observers.

> When will courses be taught in Canvas?

Our current timeline has courses being taught live in Canvas beginning Summer term 2019. This will provide the time needed for implementation, training, and planning a successful transition. While the summer term will consist of our "Early Adopters", all instructors should plan to begin teaching in Canvas in Fall 2019. This is when our system admin will request that all courses are loaded in Canvas, instead of Blackboard. Exceptions will be made if Blackboard use is needed during this term for specific instances as requested.

> What kind of technical support can our faculty, staff and students expect during the transition?

The College has purchased the an extra level of support from Canvas during our first year's use of the new system. 24/7, Tier 1 support will be available from Canvas, in addition to FSCJ’s current ways to obtain technical support. Users can submit a Technical Help Desk ticket at, visit a Faculty Development Specialist on each campus, or email for assistance.

Additionally, faculty, staff, and students can access real-time phone or chat assistance from experts on issues ranging from technical problems to navigating within Canvas. Their contact info will be available soon.

> How and when should I migrate my Blackboard content over to Canvas?

Although Blackboard will be available until May 2020, instructors are encouraged to begin the process of migration early. Prior to having Canvas access, that simply means faculty should begin reviewing their Bb courses now in order to prepare. Over time, most Bb courses accumulate duplicated and other unneeded files. Review the content in each course and remove files which are no longer relevant to the course.

Faculty should plan to export all Blackboard courses and save them locally on their computer or cloud storage (we will have a copy too).

Canvas shells will be made available to faculty early in the Spring (2019) term so they may begin navigating and learning the new system and creating course content.

As course shells are made available to faculty within Canvas, 120 days prior to the course start, the Blackboard courses can be imported into the live shell for editing. Faculty may also build a course by beginning in Canvas within a sandbox shell. Then, once the live shell is available, simply copy it over and then clear the sandbox to build another. If more than one sandbox is needed, it may be requested.

More information will be shared about the migration process and best practices as the project progresses.

> How do I obtain access to the Canvas Sandbox?

Since October 30th, 2017 FSCJ faculty and staff have had the opportunity to access to a virtual space in which users could experiment with the interface and securely test its functionality. If you would like to obtain access to our Canvas Sandbox, please email your first and last name, email address, and role requested (Instructor, Student, or Instructional Designer) to A sandbox environment is not a full Canvas implementation, but rather is intended to mimic the full system, without being integrated with FSCJ’s other systems, such as PeopleSoft or Kaltura. Therefore, you may not be able to fully test publisher integrations and other tools, but can experiment with course building and maintenance. Users will receive an email to complete their registration by creating a password of their choosing to use in the system. It does not need to match your FSCJ credentials.

Once registered to access the sandbox, please bookmark the URL to the Canvas sandbox, which is

> What are the minimum operating system standards for Canvas?

Screen Size

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800x600. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Operating Systems

Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments) Mac OSX 10.6 and newer Linux - chromeOS Mobile Operating System Native App Support

iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device) Android 4.2 and newer Computer Speed and Processor

Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible 1GB of RAM 2GHz processor Internet Speed

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments. Minimum of 512kbps

> What will be done to ensure a smooth transition to Canvas

Although there is no such thing as a perfect transition of this size, we have began the planning process so that there is enough time and resources available to ensure the move occurs with the best results possible. There will continue to be collaboration between IT, Education Technology, Faculty Senate, Academic Technology Committee, Professional Development, and Administration to get feedback, input, testing, training and communication throughout the process.

Additionally, the Educational Technology team has put together a Canvas Transition Team consisting of stakeholders to be available when assistance is needed throughout the migration.

> What accessibility tools are available within Canvas?

Information about Canvas' accessibility features can be found here: