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Canvas is here

The Canvas Implementation Team are pleased to announce that the University has now fully transitioned to Canvas, the University’s exciting new Virtual Learning Environment, and access to Blackboard has now ended for all colleagues and students.  

Thank you to colleagues across all Faculties, Schools and Services for your engagement and support throughout this transition. 

What are the next steps? 

To help you get the most out of Canvas and to get your Canvas courses ready you can: 

Hear from our Canvas Early Adopters 

Over 70 modules across the University have already been delivered through Canvas in Semester 2 of the 2019-20 academic year. Hear from some of our Academic and Professional Service early adopters who have shared their experiences and have some great tips for getting started with Canvas. 

Manage your Canvas Dashboard  

As you are likely to be enrolled on several courses from the 2017-18 archives through to your new 2020-21 courses, it is important to favourite the courses that you want to display on your Canvas Dashboard so that you can have quick access to those that you need the most. 

Set your notification preferences 

Canvas has a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses but you can tailor these to suit you so you choose where and how often Canvas delivers course information to you. 

Have there been any recent updates I should be aware of? 

ReCap recordings for the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years have been automatically transferred from Blackboard to Canvas. Remember you will need to publish your courses for students to see them. Further information about how to make your courses available to students can be found on the Be Canvas Ready page of the Canvas website. 

The upgrade to the ReCap service provides the ability to add ASR (automatic speech recognition) generated captions to your recordings. The captions will not be added automatically and a  guide is available explaining the process of importing the ASR captions into a recording and how they can be edited if required.

NU ePortfolio is now available through Canvas and provides the tools to support personal, professional and academic reflection in both modular and non-modular contexts, as well as tools to support Personal Tutoring. Further information on NU ePortfolio can be found in our Digital Learning Guides along with guidance and case studies on the use of reflective practice. 

How does Canvas support the implementation of the Education Resilience Framework? 

Canvas is the platform that you will use to build your flexible 2020-21 courses. Further information, about the tools and resources to support the implementation of the ERF, and the Flexible Learning 2020 support you can expect, can be found on the Digital Learning website

What other Canvas help and support is available? 

As well as the orientation course and the webinars you can: 

  • Access a range of help guides and videos. 
  • Attend one of the regular drop ins with questions about Canvas or any other aspects of Flexible Learning 2020. 
  • Find out more, including details of the transition and migration, in the FAQs on the Canvas website 
  • Access the Canvas Tier 1 Support which is available 24/7. The team are there to answer any of your ‘how do I’ type questions along with any technical issues or queries you may have. This support can be accessed via the help menu once you have logged into Canvas and is available via live chat, phone and email. 
What’s coming next? 

We are very excited to announce that Ally for Canvas will be introduced to the platform later this month. This is a fantastic accessibility tool that integrates seamlessly into Canvas and does not alter the workflow of uploading content.  

The 3 significant benefits Ally presents to the University are: 

  • it enables students to download content in a number of alternative formats 
  • it provides instructors with feedback on how to improve the accessibility of uploaded content 
  • it will help us to identify, and build on, effective practice and tailor support where it is required.

Further information about Ally will follow soon. 

Last modified: Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:52:38 BST