Do you feel connected to your Canvas Community? Are you an engaged citizen in Canvasland? Much as we love technology and believe in its power to make great learning experiences, the actual process of working in the LMS can sometimes be kind of isolating, especially if you are an adjunct or working from home—who do you reach out to in order share your challenges and celebrate your successes?
As part of our recent Canvas Day event, a representative from Respondus provided an online webinar, which you can view below.
Now that you’ve added all of your course content to Canvas, you may realize that PowerPoint files can often use up a big portion of each Canvas course’s size limit of 500 MB. Depending on the kind of PowerPoint that is being used, there may be other storage options to consider, which don’t take reduce your storage quota and may even provide a better experience for your students.
For our Blackboard power users, the Canvas transition has produced some confusion around announcements because of the slightly different way that they are set up, migrated, and shared with students within our new LMS. Here are a few facets of Canvas Announcements that you should be aware of and, where possible, some ways that you can work around them.
If you need some suggestions for the best way to post your syllabus to Canvas, it’s good to know that the process is relatively similar to the way that it was done within Blackboard. However, now you have some slightly different options for where you would like your students to view it within the course—but the final decision about how to display your syllabus is totally up to you!
This year at Convocation, Informational Technology and Educational Technology will be available to provide updates and answer questions about the projects we have underway, including Canvas.
Now that we’re so very close to a full transition over to Canvas, many people have begun asking exactly how long they will have access to Blackboard and how to archive that content.
We want you to be aware of an issue affecting a smattering of instructors who are trying to renew their Respondus 4 license.
Are you one of the many instructors at FSCJ that utilize third-party tools as a compliment to your Canvas OR Blackboard course?
Instructure will perform its monthly release of new features to Canvas on Saturday, August 17. This month’s feature release is going to affect both Canvas Conferences and the Course Card…
If you are an avid follower of Canvas news (and who isn’t??), you may have heard the term SaaS (pronounced “sass”) thrown around to describe the system. What does SaaS mean?
Canvas releases new feature updates to their system on a regular basis, about once a month, and these can have varying impacts on the user experience. This means that the product may change more often than we were used to with Blackboard as Canvas is constantly evolving.
As we approach the Fall term, and our full Canvas transition, Educational Technology will be present at many campus events to offer assistance when and where you need it so that you can best prepare…
Need to know more about Blackboard Collaborate’s replacement tool? It’s called Canvas Conferences, and we’ve got tutorials, webinars and more to introduce you to this brand new tool in Canvas.
Academic Technology is proud to continue the segment to provide monthly updates on the FSCJ transition to Canvas. On the last Friday of each month of the Spring Term, the Educational Technology team will discuss a different piece of the Canvas puzzle.
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!
Need to know more about how to use Turnitin, specifically now that we’re transitioning to Canvas? Here are several training videos that should give you exactly what you need to know.
March’s chat will focus on the organization of course content, specifically working within the modular structure that Canvas offers, and what options instructors have when preparing to migrate content.
As the College moves from Blackboard to Canvas, we’ll also be moving all of our video from MediaSpace to Arc, which is Canvas’ video system. If you have created your own videos or had one created for you by the Digital Media Productions team, there are a few steps we need you to complete before the video migration occurs on March 1.
If you use videos that the Digital Media Productions (DMP) team made for you:
Please contact Robin Herriff ASAP with the names of those videos so that we can add them to your MediaSpace account. This ensures you’ll be able to access them in Arc after the video migration is complete. This is necessary for all videos created by our team, whether they are currently being used in Blackboard or not.
If you created your own videos:
Before February 28th, please take some time to go through your MediaSpace account and delete any videos you no longer need or use. (All HR interview videos that are less than three years old must be retained.)
If you have anything that you think could be historically valuable to the College but which may no longer be directly pertinent to you, please contact Jennifer Grey at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org before you delete the video so that we can see about transferring it to the College’s Archive. Examples of things which might be relevant to the Archive include videos highlighting the history of College’s programs or programming, interviews with faculty/staff/students about their time at FSCJ, or recordings of events hosted by the College. Please reach out to Jennifer directly with any questions, or if you think you may have something she should look over.
As of February 28th, you will no longer be able to add videos to MediaSpace. We will move all of the videos into the Arc system during the first few weeks of March.
From March 1st through summer session, you’ll still be able to use videos linked to MediaSpace, but these links will all need to be changed to Arc links before the fall terms begins. More on how to do that coming soon!
A Very Important Note about Captions
Captions will not be automatically migrated to the new system with the videos. If you used the REACH machine auto-captioning for your videos -- and have edited those captions – you’ll want to download those caption files to your own computer. You’ll then be able to easily add them back to the videos in Arc. (Here’s how to do it.) If you used REACH and did not edit your captions, no need to worry. You can just re-caption your videos in Arc, and it’s even easier and more accurate. If the DMP team created a captioned video for you, we’ll take care of adding those captions back after the migration is complete.
Keep an eye out for a training course called Canvas at FSCJ: Arc and Video Migration.
In addition, the Educational Technology Team will be hosting live Canvas Chats at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of every month this term, so you can email us any questions you may have to be answered live. This month we’ll be talking all things video and Arc.
You can also email DMP@fscj.edu or Robin.Herriff@fscj.edu directly with any questions about video, MediaSpace, and/or Arc.